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Neelemperur Padayani

Padayani dancer in ritual dress

18 Sep 2009 (annual)
The Neelemperur Padayani festival at Neelamperur showcases the ancient ritual art form of Padayani. Dancers wearing huge headdresses perform to the rhythm of chenda drums, cymbals and spirited singing.
Padayani symbolises the victory march of the goddess Kali after defeating Darika. A spectacular night-time Kettukazcha procession leads colourful devotees carrying effigies of mythological characters to the Palli Bhagavathy Temple, where worshippers dance around a huge fire.
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