Dashavatar, a Popular Entertainment Drama in Malvan

Indian history is brimming with mythological legends and stories narrated in many of the religious scriptures and books. One such saga is the Dashavatar, related to the ten Avatars of Vishnu, the Hindu God. Based on the theme that whenever some evil powers create difficulty for the religious minded devotees, Vishnu takes birth to destroy such evil powers, Dashavatar   is a very popular theatrical drama, part of the folk art of Malvan, a small town in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra in India.
Dashavatar Drama in malvan
Presented in a fun and comical manner, Dashavatar is an integral part of the cultural space of Malvan where the incidents and dialogues make it very difficult for the audience to control their laughter. Folk art in India is a powerful medium for  creating awareness about certain malpracticesin the society such as blind faith, among the rural masses. People are made aware of how some cunning people take advantage of their ignorance and illiteracy in order to exploit them.

Dashavatar with its perfect balance of education and entertainment  is the most popular event attended by villagers. Dramas and dance events in Konkan, more so in Malvan to be precise, are held annually in the temples during various festivals. The fun part of these dramas is that all the characters  are played by male actors including the female parts. In order to playthe female parts, male artists dress up as women which in itself is a huge source of entertainment for the public.
Malvani Dashavatar Drama
Dashavatar begins with the first incarnation of Vishnu that is the Matsay Avatar and ends with a blessing by Vishnu to Shankasura. People enjoy this play at the time of the Mahapuja of the Gram Devata which starts late in the evening and often continues through the night.Aatdashavatar, a modified version of Dashavatar, begins with the praise of Ganesha followed by the killing of the devil Shankasura in the first part whilst part two consists of mythological stories presented in an interesting form hugelypopular withthe locals of Malvan.

There are many such interesting occasions celebrated throughout the year in Malvan and it is this period of celebrations which is the best time to visit Malvan. Malvan is packed with a whole lot of tourist attractions and the beaches in Malvan  top the list.

Temples of Malvan an Identity of Faith and Belief

Maharashtra is well known for its historic and cultural past which is the gift of its pious ancestors and the residents of the state having great faith in god. Maratha kings who ruled this territory were keen in maintaining ancient temples and building new ones. This resulted in carrying forward heritage of the state in different places spread around its peripheries. Malvan is also not an exception. This small town of Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra has many popular historic temples, which are still kept and maintained in a good condition. Some of these temples are said to be Jagrut Devasthans meaning the deities in this temples fulfil the wishes of the devotees.

Jai Ganesh Mandir, Malvan
From the long list of temples in Malvan we will know more about the Rameshswar mandir. Achara is a beautiful small village in Malvan, which was gifted as jagir by the kings in old times. Normally an inam or jagir is given by a king or a rich person to another person but in case of Achara the donor was a king but receiver was not a human being the property was given to  Shri Dev Rameshwar. A historical Lord Shiva temple is one of the attractions of this village but incidently lord Shiva in this temple was referred to as inamdar Shri Dev Rameshwar. It is assumed by the villagers that the deity is sensitive to the pleas of its devotees, hence it is also refered as Jagrut Devasthan. Records in the temple say that it was constructed in 1684 AD.

Bharadi Ddevi Mandir Malvan
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the great Maratha king had generously donated for the renovation of this temple. Even Kanoji Angre the naval chief was also concerned about it. This arrangement was continued further in the regimes of Peshwas. Post-independence period is not an exception. Various traditional activities are still performed with same zeal and charm. Some of the biggest celebrations at the temple are Ramanawami, Kartikostav, Dashahara, Hanuman Jayanti, and Mahashivaratri. Visit this awesome destination in Malvan during one of the above festivals. There are plenty of hotels with some of the best facilities. You can stay at one of the best hotels of the region like "Hotel Sagar Kinara" which is rated on the top by the visitors to Malvan.