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Perumbatta’s Theyyam : When a Hindu God makes a journey to a Mosque in Kerala.

Once in three years, Vishnumoorthy Theyyam of Padarkulangara Bhagavathy Temple makes a customary trip to the nearby mosque (Munirul Islam Juma Masjid) in the town of Kanhangad, Kasargode.

Once in three years, Sri Padarkulangara Bhagavathy Temple plays host to a triennial festival known as the Perunkaliyatta Maholsavam.

The festival, spread over three days, starts on the first day of the month of Kumbham (Aquarius), according to the Malayalam calendar.
The Vishnumoorthy Theyyam — a Theyyam enactment based on the Narasimha avatar of Lord Vishnu — is the primary ritual of the temple festival.

Theyyam is a prevalent ritual form of worship in North Malabar.
Every February, the village of Perumbatta comes alive with the beats of Theyyam.

On the last day of the festival, the Theyyam makes a customary trip to the nearby mosque.
The Hindu Theyyam artiste — considered the very voice and presence of God as he attains an other worldly trance to the accompaniment of reverberating drums — steps into the sanctum of the mosque.

The Imam and the mosque committee members welcome the Theyyam.
Once inside the mosque, the Theyyam ascends a heap of rice spread on the floor.

In the olden days, the prevalent practice involved the Theyyam walking over heaps of reaped paddy on the way to the mosque. The heap of rice on the mosque’s floor is symbolic of this past tradition.
Before returning to the temple, the Theyyam gently exhorts the Muslims present to practice their Ṣalāt — the five obligatory Muslim prayers in a day — without fail in all earnestness.

This rare yet blessed moment of harmony and social cohesiveness is witnessed by hundreds.
An Old Thread about Theyyam.

The Hindus and Muslims of Perumbatta have co-existed peacefully for the last 200 years and Kanhangad Constituency (formerly Hosdurg) is a CPI Stronghold

As the Theyyam prepares to return, the Imam placed a currency note on his headgear and the theyyam offers a tender coconut in return, adding that almighty is one and only one.…
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