Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Poothanum Thirayum

Poothanum Thirayum is a ritual art performed during the temple festivals of Palakkad and Malappuram districts. The “Thira” represents Goddess Kali and the “Pootham” signifies her Bhoothagana (consort of spirits). Initially Poothan and Thira will be performing in the temple premises and then will go from house to house and perform. Householders respectfully receive the Poothan and Thira with the traditional “Deepam” (lighted lamp). They are also gifted paddy, rice and money.

The performance is rhythmical and appealing along with the musical instruments are Thudi and Ezhupara. Thudi is beaten when Poothan enters, whereas Ezhupara is significant for Thira.

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