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Theyyam: Annual Temple Festival

Theyyam: Annual Temple Festival

Kerala Tourism department have started live streaming of an annual temple festival called Theyyam performances, to promote cultural tourism.

  • Theyyam is a popular ritual form of dance worship in Kerala and Karnataka, India.
  • It consisted of thousand-year-old traditions, rituals and customs.
  • The people consider Theyyam itself as a channel to a god and they thus seek blessings from Theyyam.
  • Each Theyyam is a man or a woman who attained divine status by performing heroic deeds or by leading a virtuous life
  • Most Theyyams are believed to be the incarnations of Shiva or Shakti (the consort of Shiva).
  • Or they have strong associations with these principal deities of Hinduism.
  • There are over 400 theyyams. Some of these are very important.

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