Garudan Thookkam at Goddess Kali Temples

Garudan Thookkam is a famous ritual art form of Kerala usually performed at Goddess Kali Temples in south Kerala, India. Garudan Thookkam (Eagle Hanging or hanging of God Garuda or the Eagle God) is usually performed as an offering to the Goddess Bhadrakali and people from various parts of the state and country come to do the offering.

How Garudan Thookkam is Performed

Garudan Thookam is performed as part of the Kumbha Bharani Festival every year. The participating people will be dressed up like Garuda (the Vahana of Hindu God Vishnu) and dance to the tune of the chenda, maddalam, cymbals and horns used. After this performance the garudas are pierced at their back with a hook and the bleeding garudas go around the temple and bow before the goddess for her blessings.

picture of Garudan Thookkam in Goddess Kali Temples of Kerala during Bharani Festival

Garudan Thookkam is a most prominent ritual in Travancore and Kochi and is mainly performed at Elamkavu Devi Temple at Vaikom, Varanad Devi Temple in Alappuzha, and Airapuram Temple at Perumbavoor. This year, Kumbha Bharani Festival is on 15 February 2024 and Meena Bharani Festival is on 10th April 2024.


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