Ayyappan Vilakku

Numerous miniature temples are constructed out of tender coconut frond and plantain
leaf-stalks. Then songs are sung on the legendary fight between Ayyappan and Vavar. In tune
with the various rhymes and rhythms of this devotional song, two dancers in the costume andmake up of Ayyappan and Vavar perform, striking with swords and defending with coconut
fronds. The dancers execute vigorous foot-movement. In the last stage, a huge fire called aazhi is
lit and the dancers jump into the burning embers still dancing