Known for its spell binding natural beauty, the entirety of the province of Kerala is today one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Adding immensely to the numerous charms of Kerala is the vibrant and rich culture of Kerala, which provides the state with some of its most attractive features.
One of the important aspects of the culture of Kerala is the various ritual arts of Kerala, notable among which is the Arjuna Nritham. Arjuna Nritham is best performed in the districts of Kottayam and Alappuzha, which are also home to the famed backwaters of Kerala.
Usually performed by men, Arjuna Nritham is also known as Mayilpeeli Thookkam. The dance which literally means the "dance of Arjuna" is most commonly performed in the various Bhadrakali Temples of Kerala. A hero possessing epic qualities, Arjuna was one of the five Pandava Brothers, around whose adventures, the famous Indian epic the Mahabharata was written. The dance is a form of homage to Goddess Bhadrakali, who was worshipped by Arjuna.
Performed to the accompaniment of music which too is especially composed to suit the purpose of the dance, Arjuna Nritham has a characteristic style of its own and is a definite must watch while on a trip to Kerala. Based primarily on rhythm, Arjuna Nritham is made even more special by the characteristic garments of the performers which consist of clothes made up of peacock feathers.