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Thondachan Theyyam – Story – Information

Thondachan theyyam is a powerful male theyyam performed during the annual theyyam kaliyattam thira festival in Kannur and Kasaragod districts of Kerala. As per information, he was the commander-in-chief of Nediyiruppu Swaroopam. As per Thondachan theyyam story, he was born to Kalaratri and Shiva. He arrived on earth to annihilate demons along with Vettaikkorumakan and Vairajathaneeshwaran. He helps Nediyiruppu Swaroopam in capturing Alladam rajyam. He later became the main deity or Kuladaivam of Alladam.

കണ്ണും കാണൂല്ല,ചെവിയും കേക്കൂല തൊണ്ടച്ചന് എന്നാൽ കരിമ്പാറമേൽ കരിമ്പനിരിയുന്നത് കാണാം, നെല്ലിച്ചപ്പ് കൂപത്തിൽ വീഴുന്നത് കേൾക്കാം.

Thondachan theyyam has a huge mudi or headgear and it is usually carried around with the help of three or four people. The theyyam usually wears black mudi but also red mudi is also used in certain temples.

Thondachan theyyam is performed at Cherukunnu Sree Keezhara Koolom Bhagavathy Temple from February 14 to Feb 19. It is performed at Kanhangad Madiyan Koolom Temple on May 22 and May 23 and at Kannur Valapattanam Sree Kalarivaathukkal Bhagavathy Kavu on June 9 and June 10.

Please note that Thondachan theyyam is also popularly referred to as Kshetrapalakan. This theyyam is mainly worshiped by Nair and Nambiar community.