Sree Muthappan is the principal god worshipped during the ritualistic Muthappan Theyyam performance in the Parassinikkadavu temple in Kannur. He is believed to be a combined representation of Vishnu and Shiva. This performance is the main mode of worship at the temple. The rituals performed here are markedly different from other Hindu temples in Kerala in their movement away from the Brahminical modes of worship. During the Theyyam performance, the artist goes into a trance-like state after consuming toddy and offers it to the devotees or spectators. The temple is also known for being surrounded by a large number of dogs because of the belief that Sree Muthappan (who was a hunter, according to legend) was always accompanied by a dog. Due to this belief, dogs are considered sacred here and a part of the offering to Muthappan is given to them.
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73 Replies to “Muthappan Theyyam at Parassinikkadavu”
Wonderful colors, great shot !
Brilliant lighting to bring out the drama inherent in Theyyam
Extraordinary, the colors, the details!
Awesome mask :)
Great shot and stunning colours.
Excellent shot. Loved the lighting. Would love to see Muthappan in real.
Very beautiful mask! it is a sacred artwork
Loved the lighting aznd colors .Excellent shot. ♥
Traditions kept alive, good. And great photo.
Beautiful shot. I’ve seen some Theyyam performances and they are intense!
Great detail and color
fascinating inspires one to want to visit to take in the grandure of it all
Brilliant colors and so intriguing.
Very different image. I watch it for a while. Thanks for sharing.
Beautiful shot. Puts me in mind of Aztec.
Love the color and lighting!
This is amazing!
Thanks for the information behind your beautiful image.
wonderful art. beautiful picture
Beautiful! I was fortunate to see the theyyam at Parassinikadavu temple sometime back. Spectacular it is! :)
Fascinating and lovely mask.
Truly our treasure ! 😊
Jolies couleurs et détails.
Nice and colorful…
amazing mask superbly photographed as always Joshi!
dramatic and colourful as always!!!
The divine in stereo.
New pic and new piece of information about the temple. Both are new to me.
Lucky dogs, then! And those who get some of the toddy, too. :)
The colour and detail fill the frame so beautifully Joshi!
magic capture, Joshi
the colors <3!
So beautiful! Love it :-)
Wow ! great shot and thanks for the information provided along with… :-)
Very well captured.
Nice work – especially for an audience unfamiliar with this, great mystical air. Is it a double exposure?
Very interesting photo. Very exotic for me.
Thank you for liking “Ghostly Ladies.” Great post! :) I enjoyed looking at your fantastic photo and reading the background information about Muthappan Theyyam.
A striking photo and an absorbing narrative. Fantastic work, Joshi.
Have a nice week end!
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joli ce masque
Great shot. Thank you for the info that comes along with it.
Learn something new everyday. Never quite seen a headdress like that before. So ornate. Thanks for sharing.
Nice work, Joshi!
Great shot ~ wonderful use of shadows!
spectacular, living, breathing colors. Great work.
Beautiful shot …
I used go to Parassini temple often as I live close by and the place is so beautiful :)
But, I never tried to photograph Muthappan Theyyam, looks like there is no restriction on photography inside, right?
A very good capture!
Again, the lighting which makes the image marvelous
just exquisite! :)
can’t find the like button?
your shots are amazing