Petta Thullal is a ceremonial dance performed to commemorate the triumph of good over evil. Lord Ayyappa’s glorious victory over the demon princess Mahishi signifies the beginning of the last leg of the annual Sabarimala pilgrimage season.
Each year, the Ambalapuzha team begins Petta Thullal first. There are more than 1,000 devoted members of the squad. Around midday, from the Kochambalam near Petta intersection, the traditional dance begins after spotting the kite in the sky. The group enters the Nainar mosque across the street dancing as they pay respects to Vavar, Lord Ayyappa’s dependable lieutenant.
The heads of the Erumeli Mahallu Jamaat committee publicly welcome them after that, and are later accompanied by them to the Sree Dharma Sastha Temple (Valiambalam), which is approximately a kilometer away where the two teams are welcomed by representatives of the Travancore Devaswom Board.
After seeing the star in the daytime sky, the Alangad team later starts the ceremonial dance in the late afternoon. Following an overnight stay at the Valiambalam the two teams walk to Pampa to take part in the Pampa Sadya, followed by the Makaravilaku celebration at the Sannidhanam.
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