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Garudan Thookkam



Garudan Thookkam, literally means hanging garuda (eagle god), is a ritual mainly performed in Bhadrakali temples. It is conducted as a votive offering. In Garudan Thookam, the dancers in the costume of garuda dance to the accompaniment of percussion instruments. At the end, the dancer climbs into a cart, circumambulates the temple and donates blood. Instruments like the Chenda, Madalam, Cymbals and Horns are used. This art form is popular in Kottayam and Alappuzha districts.


Updated on 26th November, 2015

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