To the people of northern Kerala, the Poorakkali festival is a ritualistic penance as well as a celebration of love. This video documents the ritual of worshipping Lord Kama. The festival starts with the ritual of kamane veykal or creating Kama. On every morning, throughout this nine-day festival, young girls create Kama’s figure in houses with native flowers, cow dung or clay. Specific places within and outside the house are assigned to create the figures. On the last day, the figure is gathered up and Kama is released with a request to come back early next year.
The video was shot for Sahapedia at Kannur in 2017.