Kerala Temple Dances & Rituals

Examples and information about various temple rituals that you might encounter in the temples of Kerala

AIVAR NAATAKAM Temple Ritual

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Aivar Naatakam is an art worshipping drama performed in the temples, mainly Bhagawathi temples.

Arjuna Nritham Devi Temple Dance Ritual

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Arjuna Nritham or say Arjuna dance is an art ritual performed only in Devi temples. The performance is solo or in pair.

BHAGAVATHIPAATTU Dance Ritual

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Bhagawathipaattu is a song and music accompanied ritual to appease the goddess Bhagavathi or say Kaali. Different communities ranging from Brahmin to Velas conduct this ritual.

CHAAKYAAR KOOTHU Dance Guide

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Chaakyaaar Koothu is an art worshipping folk dance staged in temples alone. Koothu is a mix of dance and humour.

Chakiyar Koothu Dance Form

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Chakiar Koothu is a highly stylized classical dance form in Kerala.

KALAMEZHUTHUPAATTU

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Kannyarkali Dance Ritual

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Kannyarkali is a temple-oriented folk art performed during festivals in temples and other places.

KARKKADAKAVAVU BALI

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Koodiyattam Dance Ritual Guide

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Koodiyattam is a Sanskrit drama enacted in Kerala alone. It is considered as the oldest theater form in the world, dating back to over 2000 years.

Koothambalam Temple Performances

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Guide to famous temple art form and performance in Kerala

Krishnattam Temple Dance

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Krishnattam is a temple art which is performed at Guruvayur Temple, it showcases the frolic and immortal nature of Lord Krishna.

Kummaatti

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Indigenous to Thrissur and Palakkad, Kummaatti is impish and fun

Mudiyettu Dance Ritual Description

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Various forms of art worship exist in Kerala. Mudiyettu is one among them which is solely for worshipping or appeasing Bhadrakali, an incarnation of Lord Shiva.Mudiyettu 

NALAMBALA DARSHAN

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Explanation of the Nalambala Darshan and its role and history

Paana Devi Temple Dance

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Paana or Pallippaana as called in some regions is an art ritual performed to propitiate Devi or say Kaali or Bhadrakaali. Paana is more popular in Thrissur, Palakkad and Malappuram districts.

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