The fire walking ritual is an act of self-purification. For some devotees it is part of a vow in which the devotee promises to walk on fire in exchange for a wish or blessing granted by
Interestingly, in some areas Thimethippu or Thimeethi (fire walking) is referred as Poo Methippu or Pomethipu (flower walking). The name due to the orange color of coal, which looks like flowers. The ritual is mainly performed by men. Some men carry their children on their shoulders as part of the ritual.
The fire walking ritual is mainly dedicated to Draupadi Amman of Mahabharata and numerous other village deities found in
It must be noted here that this myth associated with Draupadi is not much popular in Hinduism. But fire walking and purification through Agni (fire) or test of Agni are mentioned in several Hindu scriptures and the most popular is the ‘agni pariksha’ undertaken by Sita in Ramayana after Lord Ram rescued her from Lanka.
Fire walking is also part of Theyyam ritual in
The fire walking rituals held at the