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Pookavadi

Pookavadi is bow-shaped and the performer carrying the kavadi dances to the rhythm of music. A Pookavadi is one decorated with brilliantly colored artificial flowers; a mayilpeeli kavadi decorated using only peacock feathers andambalakavadi, one shaped like the gopuram (tower) of a temple. A kavadi can rise up to a height of 10-18 feet. The dancers twist and spin in a row. A group of such kavadi dancers make an exotic sight. The dancers gradually move in frenzy, in step with the rising beats of percussion instruments like udukku, chenda etc., accompanying the procession. Sometimes nadaswaram, a wind instrument, is also used.