According to popular belief, this ceremonial folk dance was performed during the era of Ramayana. The Garadi dance was performed by the monkey army of Sugreev, the monkey king to celebrate the joyous event of Lord Rama’s safe return with his wife Sita by defeating the demon king, Ravana. To commemorate the event, Garadi dancers guise themselves as monkey and make similar postures and gestures like the animal. They hold sticks in their hands while dancing with flags attached to it on top. They wear ten iron rings known as ‘Anjali’ on each leg and perform with intricate and acrobatic monkey movements accompanied by two large drums known as ‘Ramadolus’. A spectacular ambience is created with the rhythm of the ‘Ramadolus’ along with the chimming tune of the Anjali and the songs of the local vocal singers.