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Garudan Parava

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Garudan Parava

Garudan Parava is aritual art form popular in Bhadrakali temples situated in Kottayam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki districts.
Garuda is the eagle-mount of Lord Vishnu, and according to a myth, Lord Vishnu sent Garuda to quench the thirst of Goddess Kali after she slew the demon king Darika in a fiercely-fought battle. 

The ritual is conducted as an offering to Goddess Kali by her devotees. In this ritual art, men dressed up as Garuda perform a ritualistic dance to the accompaniment of traditional musical instruments such as Chenda, Elathalam, Kombu, etc. The performance incorporates 18 thalavattam (rhythmic patterns).

  Topics: Ritual Art  


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