Bhootha Kola – A spirits world!


“Bhootha Kola” is one of the oldest rituals of western coastal regions of south India. “Bhootha” meaning past symbolizes things from the past or a holy spirit. Basically the spirit is believed to be entered in to the body of a performer.

The main characteristic of a Bhootha Kola is the recital of Pardanas (Story of the origination of the corresponding spirit being enacted upon) with the dance, types of band, colorful clothes and the exciting breathtaking performance.

Bhootha can try to solve the disputes among the villagers. He might act as a justice to a quarrel. He will track the progress done by the villagers based on the last years promise. He can take a offering of a blood of a chicken or other animal. He will bless and make sure people lived happily under his control.

Bhootha Kola is a night event and might last couple of days too.

Now some pictures from the “Bhootha Kola”

Ferocious dance is hallmark of Kola
Bhootha is always accompanied by its handlers.
Fire gives spirits needed glory.
Just like older times!
The beats of the Bhootha
Oil feeders
Head Gear of a Bhootha
Bhootha blessing the people.


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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Stunning pictures you got there!! Thanks for sharing this informative piece!!

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks for encouragement! Glad you liked it! 🙂

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  2. Madhuri says:

    I had only heard of this.. this looks so visually stunning!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Raj says:

      Indeed stunning Madhuri.. but sometime scary act too…

      Liked by 1 person

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