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Chudala Bhadrakali and Chudala Pottan in Ivor Madom Crematorium

 

Have you ever watched the fierce and fury of Chudala Bhadrakali and Chudala Pottan in an actual cremation ground? 

Kerala, the God’s Own Country splendid with a vibrant array of various ritual art forms rooted in age-old traditions and customs will let you experience the unique art forms in its full grandeur. Theyyam is one among that fabulous series. 

Theyyam owns a reputed position among the art forms of Kerala. Around 400 varieties of Theyyams can be experienced in North Kerala. Chudala Bhadrakali and Chudala Pottan own a unique place in the long list.  Chudala is the Malayalam word for cremation ground and Bhadrakali is the fierce form of Goddess Devi while Pottan Theyyam represents Lord Shiva as ‘chandala’ (cremator). 

This video is peculiar as it pictures the performance of Chudala Bhadrakali and Chudala Pottan in Ivor Madom crematorium. It’s a rare scene to watch theyyam performance in a real cremation ground. 

Ivor Madom in Thiruvilwamala village of Thrissur district has mythological significance. It is believed that it is here that Pandavas after the great Kurukshetra war did their prayers and pay obeisance for the family members and Gurus whom they killed in the war. 

Watching the fearful dance of Chudala Bhadrakali and Chudala Pottan in an actual crematorium is a once in a lifetime experience.  

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