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Padayani Ritual in Kerala Temples

Padayani is an impressive martial ritual art form of Kerala is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The padayani dancers use colorful masks or effigies that feature mythological characters and these headgears they use are called kolams. The dance performances are held at night amidst spectacular fireworks and the beating of thappu, a one-sided drum. This ritual is mostly performed during the months of February, March and April