Padayani is the annual ritualistic festival celebrated in Bhadrakali temples of Central travancore zone with due dedications. It may be regarded as the remains of ancient Dravidian concept of God and the mode of worship, offering Rathi (lust), Raktham (Blood) and Lahari (intoxication). The very spirit of central travancore finds its appearance in Padayani as that of Malabar in Theyyam. All the Sixty Four art forms play vital role in Padayani. Actually it is the combination of music, dance , painting, satire etc. Padayani reflects the ancient socialist society before the Aryanization and  Chathruvarnya, the four caste system. So, the whole  village take active part  in Padayani without any racial discriminations...............                                                           More

Human Sacrifice

Human sacrifice has been practised from ancient time. It is intended to bring fortune and to pacify the gods. It is being perfomed in Padayani also..                       More


Padayani, The Traditional Epic Theatre

Prof. Kadammanitta Vasudevan Pillai

The Traditional Performances of any land are totally, the performances, of the people, by the people and for the people of that land. ..

Padayani Rural Tantras.

The aesthetics and embodiment of beliefs and identity.

Dr. Marc-Paul Lambert

South Indian tantras are often associated with temple practices as introduced by the Brahmins. another model based on the Mask technique

Padayani Photogallery

Padayani Centres Photogallery

In the canvas of night, with the unique visibility of torch lamp, padayani figures stands out to be a beautiful spectacles.  A conclusive collection of Padayani Pictures

Padayani is being celebrated every year, in almost thirty temples of Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam districts even today....





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