Reviving tradition Theyyam season begins in northern Kerala


Seen as a divine channel to God, Theyyam is mainly performed in the North Malabar region of Kasargod, Kannur and Wayanad. The season lasts upto seven months and winds up by the end of May every year. 

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Theyyam, one of the oldest ritual arts in Kerala has started to rule northern Kerala with the commencement of the season.

As per the Theyyam calendar, the season begins on the 10th of the Malayalam month of Thulam which is observed as ‘Thulapath’ or ‘Pathamudayam’.



Believed as a divine channel to God, Theyyam is mainly performed in the North Malabar region of Kasargod, Kannur and Wayanad. The season lasts up to seven months and winds up by the end of May every year.

There are around 456 Theyyakkolams, of which 112 are widely worshipped by the people. Some of the popular ones are as follows:

Kathivanoor Veeran

‘Kathivanoor Veeran’, one of the most popular Theyyams in north Malabar, is performed in memory of Mandappan Chekavar, a great warrior of the Thiyya community. Great skills in the martial art of Kalaripayattu is required to perform Kathivanoor Veeran. Currently, it is performed in various temples of Kannur and Kasaragod districts.

Kuttichathan

As per popular belief, ‘Kuttichathan’ will grant any kind of wish to those who impress Chathan through prayers. Associated with Brahmin community, it is believed to have originated for worshipping Lord Shiva. Out of the prominent chathans, Karim Kuttichathan, Poo Kuttichathan and Thee Kuttichathan are the prominently revered ones.

Manakkott Amma

‘Manakkott Amma Theyyam’ is performed in memory of a woman, who once lived in Manakott, a powerful Nair family in Nileshwar. As per the myth related to this Theyyam, this educated woman challenged the existing caste system and violated a rule. Following this, she was murdered by the head of her family. She later came to be known as Goddess Manakkott Amma. Her Theyyam is performed at Nileshwar’s Vairajathan Temple every year.

Sree Muthappan Theyyam

‘Muthappan Theyyam’ is different from other theyyams as it is performed all around the year. It represents the unified form of two deities namely Vishnu and Shiva. Muthappan Theyyam is performed in hundreds of temples across North Malabar, with each one telling a story of its own.

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