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Kakkara Bhagavathy Theyyam – Story – Information

Kakkara Bhagavathy theyyam is performed in Kasaragod region of Kerala during the annual thira kaliyattam and theyyam festival. As per information, this is a Devi Goddess Bhagavathy theyyam. Kakkara Bhagavathy theyyam story is associated with Kalakattu Tantri. One day the tantri was immersed in performing tantra and mantra. A child was crying stop in the home and the tantri asked someone to stop the crying of the baby. The Devi who was worshipped in the house by the tantri killed the child to stop it from crying. When Kalakattu Tantri found out about the cruelty committed by the Goddess, he threw the sword of Goddess far away from his compound. The sword fell in a forest area belonging to Poonthottam Namboothiri. The Namboothiri took the sword and consecrated it in the Kakkara Kavu and thus the deity came to be known as Kakkara Bhagavathy.

This theyyam is worshipped to keep bad luck, disease, and accidents away from home. She is also worshipped for the long life of babies.

It is believed that this Goddess is the same Kali that appeared from the third eye of Shiva to annihilate Darikasura.

This is a ferocious theyyam and can be seen running towards spectators with burning torch. She also performs a vigorous and violent dance to the drum beats (Asura Thalam)

Kakkara Bhagavathy theyyam is performed at Kunhimangalam Chenicheri Theruvathu veedu Tharavadu temple, Pilathara Panappuzha Sri Vayalichery Kavu Bhagavathy temple, Koyipra Kozhummal Chattadi Tharavadu temple, Kadannappally Padinjarekkara Perumthattachal Kavu temple, Pilathara Maniyara Puthiya Parambath Kozhummal Tharavad Devasthanam temple, Kayalode Sree Arathil Bhagavathi temple, Vadakkathi Bhagavathy temple (Aanakottam), Mathamangalam Vellora Chuzhali Bhagavathy temple and Payyannur Kunhimangalam Kandankulangara Mathuvadathu kalari.