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Maarana Gulikan Theyyam – Information – Story

Maarana Gulikan theyyam is a rare theyyam performed during the theyyam – kaliyattam – thira festival in Kannur and Kasaragod districts of Kerala. As per information, Maarna Gulikan is one among the eight Gulikan theyyams performed in the tharavadu, kavu and temples in North Kerala. The story of Maarana Gulikan theyyam is associated with Shiva annihilating Yama, the god of death, to protect Saint Markandeshwara, the ardent devotee of Shiva.

With Yama disappeared from the universe there was no death. This caused immense problems in nature. When Shiva realized the mistake he gave birth to Kara Gulikan from the left thumb. He pressed the left thumb of his leg down and Kara Gulikan appeared holding Trishul and pasha or rope to tie souls. It is believed that Kara Gulikan keeps a track of all the good and bad deeds of a person.

The theyyam has a unique mask made from tender coconut leaves. The theyyam holds a traditional temple bell.

The theyyam is offered worship for overcoming fear of death and for early cure from serious diseases.