Poorakali is a temple festival in the northern areas of Kerala,
held in the Bhagavathy temples extending for nine days in the Malayalam
month of Meenam. This festival celebrates the rejoicing on the rebirth
of Kama, the god of love and the enjoyment of people in regaining the
feelings of love that were lost when Kama was burnt by the third eye of
Shiva. Poorakkali combines in itself, the rich elements of dance, music,
martial art, literature, poetry and philosophy. In a particular section
in this repertoire, known as 'Andum Pullum', it is described how Shiva
and Parvathy in the guise of Pulluvan and Pulluvathy approach Indra, the
celestial ruler and procure the land and seeds for cultivation on earth.
It also portrays how Indra magnanimously showers rain for a rich crop.