Women empowerment: Badminton icon P V Sindhu in Kerala's centuries-old ritual

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Indian badminton icon and world champion P V Sindhu will be part of a centuries-old folk ritual art form in a sleepy village of Kerala later this week, but not through her physical presence.

A ceremonial 'kolam' (effigy) of Sindhu, holding badminton racket, will be made and put on display on September 27 at the finale of the famed 'Neelamperoor Padayani,' a 16-day-long annual ritual art to be held at Palli Bhagavathy temple in the state.

"Padayani' is a ritual performed at the 'bhagavathy' (goddess) temples in central Kerala.

One of the oldest such shrines dedicated to Vanadurga (goddess) in the state, the history of Pally Bhagavathy temple at Neelamperoor located in the Kottayam-Alappuzha border, can be traced back to 1700 years, local people said.

Along with the conventional effigies of divine and semi-divine impersonations, 'padayani' artists of the village have decided to make the 'kolam' of Sindhu as a symbolic representation of women empowerment and her epic victory in the recent world championship.

The six-feet-high effigy of Sindhu will be made completely using natural ingredients like stem of arecanut tree, stem sheath of banana plantain, bamboo and lotus leaves and colour extracts of 'ixora' (chethi in local parlance) flower.

Source: IndiaTimes | Image Courtesy: Open Web Source

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