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Petta Thullal

  • 21 Oct 2019
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The chemical-based colours used during the Petta Thullal ritual are proposed to be banned by the Kerala State Pollution Board recently.

  • The presence of hazardous metals, including lead, arsenic and cadmium in the colours used during the ritual, causes skin troubles as well as pollution of water and soil.
  • The usage of an organic vermilion has been suggested to minimize the environmental impact
    • Vermilion is a red colour pigment, originally made from the powdered mineral cinnabar.
  • Petta Thullal is the ritualistic sacred dance to celebrate the victory of good over evil in the legend of Lord Ayyappa.
    • It also denotes the beginning of the last leg of the annual Sabarimala pilgrimage season in Kerala.

Source: TH

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