Raksha Puppet

Raksha Mask – Used to perform Raksha dances in Kolam Maduwa and are intended to ward off evil and ailments.

According to ancient chronicles, Sri Lanka was earlier ruled by a race of Rakshasas (spirits) whose king was Ravana of the legend Ramayana. These Rakshasas were able to assume various forms which now the masks depict. There are 24 forms of Rakshasas but only a few are performed in Kolam dance.


Gini - Fire Mask

Naga - Mask of the Cobra

Garuda - impersonation of the the solar bird, the vehicle of Vishnu

Gurulu - Mask of the Bird

Mayura - Peacock Mask

Raksha Puppet

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