Vettakkorumakan is a very popular deity worshiped mainly in northern parts of Kerala. Vettakkorumakan is the son of Shiva and Goddess Parvati – born when Shiva took the Kiratamurti form to test determination and perseverance of Arjuna in the Mahabharata.
Legend has it that Shiva and Goddess Parvati appeared before Arjuna as forest dwellers. Arjuna was blessed by Shiva with the Pashupata Astra. Shiva and Parvati then resided in the forest in the form of forest dwellers and Vettakkorumakan was born during this period.
Vettakkorumakan is also known as Kirata Sunu. The deity holds bow and arrow in one hand and the other hand holds a traditional Kerala weapon known as Churika – a short sword. The body tone is deep blue. He has a beard and wears yellow dress.
It must be noted that there is a wrong belief among many devotees that Vettakkorumakan is Shiva himself. Some people believe Vettakkorumakan to be Sastha.