Garudan Thookkam or Eagle Hanging is a ritual art form performed in the temples of Goddess Kali in Kerala.
Legend has it that after slaying Darika, Kali remained insatiable and thirsty. At this time Lord Vishnu sent Garuda to Kali to quench her thirst. A dancing and bleeding Garuda was taken to Kali. Kali was pacified only after drinking some drops of blood from Garuda. The "Thookkam" is a way of thanking Goddess Kali for the problems solved in her abode.
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