The Valiya Padayani marking the grand finale of the annual Padayani festival at Bhagavathy Temple at Kadammanitta, near here, will be held on Thursday evening.

The temple Devaswom and the Kadammanitta Gotra Kala Kalari have made elaborate preparations for the annual event.

Artistes are busy preparing the Padayani masks (kolam) with tender areca spathes, palm fronds and natural colours for Thursday's event.

A unique ceremonial procession in which the ‘Bhairavi' kolams will be taken to the performance venue on the temple premises will be the major attraction of the Valiya Padayani. The procession to the accompaniment of indigenous torches (‘choottu-katta') made of dry coconut palm leaves and the unique Padayani percussion of ‘Thappu' will begin from Kadammanitta Junction to the nearby temple precincts after the Athazhapuja on Thursday evening. The Padayani kolams will reach the temple precincts at 10.30 p.m.

The ‘Bhairavi' kolam performance will be the main attraction of the Valiya Padayani. There will be different kolams, including ‘Ganapati,' ‘Pakshi,' ‘Yakshi,' ‘Kuthira,' ‘Madan,' ‘Marutha' and ‘Kalan.'

The Padayani festival at Kadammanitta Bhagavathy Temple will come to a close with the ‘Pakal Padayani' on April 23 morning.

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