The beauty of ‘God’s own country’ never ceases to mesmerize tourists each year. The cultural festivals in Kerala are celebrated with great pomp and show and the beautiful city takes pride in its annual Kadammanitta Padayani festival.
Nearly 8 km from Pathanamthitta the Kadammanitta village is quite popular for its annual Padayani festival that takes place inside the premises of the temple of the Goddess Kadammanitta. In simple words, Padayani is a ritual art form originated in Kerala that symbolizes religious offering to the mother Goddess.
The Kadammanitta Padayani festival is celebrated each year in full swing from the opening day of the Malayalam month Medam, to the tenth day. The tenth day is considered the most auspicious day which is revered as ‘Pathamudayam’. This year, the celebrations for the festival would commence on 14th April and will continue for 10 days till the 21st of the same month.
The Kadammanitta Devi temple is popular amongst natives and tourists for its exquisite collection and display of the ritual art form of Padayani. The festival is celebrated to mark the joyous victory of Goddess Kali over the evil Daarika and the celebrations take place with the tapping tunes of traditional orchestra and dance performances.
The first day of the month when the festival is celebrated marks the day when the sun is in the constellation of Aries. The celebrations begin with chootuveipu or the lighting of fire and the beating of the thappu, commonly known as the Padayani percussion instrument. This is succeeded by eduthu varavu or the procession of various Padayani kolams which marks the end of the exciting festival.
During the festival period of 10 days the celebrations showcases an exclusive display of skills, decor, cultures, traditions and colors. Be the part of this delightful series of merriment and add to the enchantment of the beautiful place we so lovingly call, ‘The God’s own country’ with Maharaja Trails – Kerala tour packages.