MALA ARAYAN

MALA ARAYANS are inhabitants of the Peerumadu, Devikolam and Thodupuzha taluks of the Idukki District and Kanjirapally and Meenachil taluks of the Kottayam District. They speak and write in Malayalam among themselves and also with outsiders. The educated members are able to speak in English and in Hindi. The Malai Arayan were dependent on shifting cultivation, hunting and food gathering. Now the conditions have significantly changed. The forests have been reserved and hence food collection, hunting and shifting cultivations have been prohibited. The Mala Arayans are now engaged in different kinds of occupations such as agriculture, agricultural labour, whitecollar job and business. The Malai Arayans are Hindus. They worship Siva, Vishnu, Ayyappa, Bhagvati and Ganapati. Onam, Vishu, Sivaratri and Poojayeduppu are their major festivals. According to the 2011 census, their population can be estimated to be 1,568.

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