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Arathil Bhagavathy Theyyam – Story – Information

Arathil Bhagavathy theyyam is a rare theyyam performed during the annual theyyam – thira – kaliyattam festival in Kannur region of Kerala. The theyyam is performed in tharavadu (houses). As per information, the theyyam is associated with Goddess Shakti (Durga and Bhagavathy). As per Arathil Bhagavathy theyyam story, she is believed to have taken the ferocious form to protect the wealth and life of a staunch devotee of hers. Her theyyam are performed in those places wherever she appeared. She is believed to have protected animals and livestocks.


Arathil Bhagavathy theyyam blesses devotees with peace and prosperity. She is also believed to cure contagious diseases. She appears in a ferocious form holding a sword to protect the wealth and life of her devotees. She is also propitiated to defeat enemies.

Kannur Kayalode Sree Arathil Bhagvathy temple is an important temple in which Arathil Bhagavathy theyyam is performed.