Saturday, November 22, 2014

Jallikattu One of the Charming Kodai Festivals

Pongal is the most verdant festival of Tamilnadu which is basically a four days celebration to thank sun god, rain god and above all the animals which support the farmers throughout the year in agricultural activities. All the four days are celebrated with pomp and fervor but the fourth day is marked with a brilliant merrymaking event called Jallikattu, which is the best time to visit kodaikanal.

Jallikattu Festival in Kodaikanal
Jallikattu Festival in Kodai

This feast which is the traditional version of bullfight is an adventure at the same time risky feast in which bulls with an attacking mood are controlled by men. A slight negligence on the part of the fighter trying to control angry bull can get attacked and cost his life. Surprisingly the prize money or gold is kept on the horns of the bulls, which is awarded to the fighter if he is successful in controlling the monstrous bull. In the historic time it was twistier than the present events. In those days Jallikattu competition was used as the means of selecting the suitable groom for the most beautiful lady in the town. In spite of the major injuries or even death in some cases is not able to stop the youngsters to take part in this most precarious game in which strong body and great will power are required. The bulls taking part in this event are specially nurtured throughout the year.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Natyanjali Festival Melodrama of Dance at Kodai

Southern part of India is busy in festive celebrations throughout the year and the festivals are not only limited to religious rituals but they symbolise many different sections of the culture of that particular region. Natyanjali is one such festival celebrated to honour Lord Nataraja the god of dancers.

Natyanjali Dance Festival
As per Hindu mythology Lord Shiva is the strongest deity and Lord Nataraja is its dancing incarnation. This incarnation of Lord Shiva is worshipped by the dancers, who believe him to be the master of many dance forms. Tandava is his aggressive dance depicting the cycle of creation, preservation and finally destruction. The lord of dance is shown to be in a violent mood in Tandava, whereas Ananda Tandava describes him in an enjoying mood. Natyanjali festival which is observed in the month of February is devoted to the supreme lord of dance which continues for four days. Beginning on the auspicious day of Mahashivaratri it observes hordes of dancers converging at Kodaikanal in order to attend this event as well as pay their respects to Lord Natraja by offering their dance performances. So this festive period is supposed to be the best time to visit kodai and witness a massive rally of live dance performances.