Some glimpses from #ayyappantheeyattu ritual held in Thrissur. Headed by Mulankunathukavu Theeyadi Raman Nambiar.

It is a ritualistic performances for the propitiation of Sastha (Ayyappa).

Some Ayyappa temples in Kerala does have a permanent spot to conduct this ritual
For Theeyattu, preparation of 'Kalam' is very important. After this function drawing of Roopakkalam is done using five colours: red, black, yellow, white and green.

After preparing the elaborate drawing, the priest invokes the deity to the drawing.

Ayyappa with Horse as vaahan
Theeyati Nambiar decorates himself sitting in front of the sanctum. A small crown called pathiyam is also worn. There will be a pleated white dress and additional clothes bound round the waist. While dressing and wearing the jewels, the Nambiars sing songs in praise of Ayyappan.
Theeyati Nambiars transforms to 'komaram', the spirit of Ayyappa.
He moves and dances with his sword an eventually goes into a trance like mode and in a dramatic and devotional ecstacy, he completely destroys the #kalam.
The beauty of the tantric culture contains a message I feel
YOU take our idols, snatch our temples, WE WILL RESSURECT OUR GOD FROM A HANDFUL OF DUST.. WE WILL DESTROY AND AGAIN BRING TO LIFE THE NEXT DAY.
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#ayyapan #theeyattu

This was organised by Kaalapramanikam, a group of Thrissur culture lovers.
Photo by Vibin Balakrishnan
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