Kavadi Attam

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Kavadi Attam

Kavadi Attam is a dance performed by the devotees during the ceremonial worship of Lord Murugan.It is often performed during the festival of Thaipooyam. Palani is a famous shrine of Murugan. Pilgrims to Palani bring their offerings on their shoulders in a kavadi. The custom has spread from Palani to all Muruga shrines worldwide. In Kerala, Kavadiyattam is widely prevalent in the Subramanya temples all over Kerala during the festival seasons .They use two types of kavadis  namely pookavadi and ambalakavadi.
Kavadiyattam literally means dance carrying a kavadi. Kavadi is a huge bow, richly decorated with peacock feathers, (it is believed that the peacock is the vehicle of SreeSubramanya). A kavadi can be at a height of 10-18 feet. Devotees performing kavadiyattam wear bright yellow or saffron robes and sacred ash all over their body. Instruments like udukku, chenda etc. are used in kavadiyattam. Sometimesnadaswaram, a wind instrument, is also used to support the rhythm.The dancers twist and spin in a row. A group of such kavadi dancers make a beautiful sight.

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