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Padayani is a traditional folk art form of Kerala, performed during the annual festivals of temples in the central Travancore region. It is a vibrant and colorful spectacle featuring performers dressed in elaborate costumes, masks, and headdresses, dancing to the rhythm of percussion instruments.

The origins of Padayani can be traced back to the prehistoric period when the ancient people used to worship their ancestors and deities through rituals and dance performances. The art form has evolved over time and now features themes from Hindu mythology and local legends.

Padayani is not just an art form but a religious ritual that seeks the blessings of the deity. The performers undergo rigorous training and observe strict dietary and spiritual practices before the performance.

Today, Padayani continues to be an important part of Kerala's cultural heritage, and efforts are being made to preserve and promote this ancient art form.

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