Veera Natyam is a popular dance form
prevalent in East and West Godavari, Kurnool,
districts of Andhra
Veeranatyam dance form originally began as a ritual in honour of Lord Shiva and was performed in all the Shaivite temples. Shiva's first wife Sati Devi, was outraged and humiliated and Lord Shiva was angered at this and the dance that he performed out of outrage is called 'Veeranatyam'.
The dance is performed with burning flames lit to the tridents and spears. The tridents are then pierced into the bodies of the dancers. The dance ends with a 'Mangala Harati' given to Lord Shiva by the flaming tridents.
This vigorous dance is performed using the instruments like 'Thambura', 'Soolam', 'Dolu', 'Thasha' and 'Veeranam'. Now the ritual is transformed into an art form and is widely performed in the processions.