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Kaikkolan Theyyam Story – Information

Kaikkolan Theyyam is a theyyam performed along with Thekkan Kariyathan during the annual theyyam, thira, kaliyattam festival in certain rare temples or kavu in Kannur region. As per information, Thekkan Kariyathan is Shiva and Kaikkolam is the theyyam of a child whose hand was cut by Kariyathan and later restored. Kaikkolan Theyyam story is that of two people going for hunting and fishing. But they were unable to get anything on the day. They were too tired and took refuge in the home of Karingulakkandathakamma. She invited them to have food in her home. The two men went to take bath in a pond and there they happened to see two wonderful fishes. All their attempts to capture them failed. Later they saw the same fish in the well of the women. They lowered a vessel to the well and the fishes entered the vessel. When the men attempted to cut the fish, they showed their true form and disappeared. The two divine beings blessed them and told them that they will be born as their children.

The two children were ferocious warriors and were known as Thekkan Kariyathan (Thekkan Chathu) and Thekkan Karumakan (Thekkan Komappan). They performed numerous miracles especially punishing those who did not respect or obey them.

One day a boy teased Thekkan Kariyathan. An angry Kariyathan cut off the hands of the boy. The boy cried and asked for forgiveness and his hand was immediately restored by Kariyathan. The boy was impressed by the powers of the two men and became their servant. As the boy had his lost hand restored he came to be known as Kaikkolan.

Kaikkolan theyyam has minimal dressing and features. His body is painted white and face is given yellow color. The wig worn by the headgear worn is known as Kozhupattam.

This theyyam is performed at Cherukunnu Chunda Vettakkorumakan Swami temple, Kannur Blathoor Tazhepalliyathu Kottathum temple, and Kozhikode Thikkodi Purakkad Armiboor Sri Kariyathan temple. There are also kavu and temples dedicated to the deities at Kannapuram, Kandakai, Kundayam Kovval and Pariyaram.