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Manjalamma Theyyam – Story – Information

Manjalamma theyyam is popular Mother Goddess Theyyam worshipped in many kavu, tharavadu and temples during the annual theyyam thira kaliyattam festival in Kannur region of Kerala. As per information, this theyyam is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Kali. As per Manjalamma Theyyam story, the wife of Rayaramangalam Adiyodi who was pregnant wished to go to the home of her mother. She belonged to Narambil Tharavadu who were worshippers of the ferocious form of Goddess Kali. Adiyodi did not allow his wife to go and told her to go after the harvesting of rice. When she was adamant, Adiyodi kicked her and the woman died immediately. The mother of woman wailed before Goddess Kali. The continuous pleading and crying of the woman, awoke Goddess Kali who took a ferocious form and rushed towards Rayaramangalam. The Goddess of Rayaramangalam knew the Goddess would create havoc in the region so she took the help of Muchilottu Bhagavathy. Muchilottu Bhagavathy stopped Goddess Kali with kind words and gave her a place along with her. She is thus worshiped as Manjalamma theyyam.

Manjalamma theyyam is offered prayers to overcome difficulties in life. She is propitiated for early cure of diseases and to defeat enemies.

Manjalamma Theyyam is performed at several sacred places including Chittarikkal Kammadam Bhagavathy Temple in Kasargod, Trikaripur Koyonkara Paramban Tharavad Niduvankulangara Bhagavathy Temple, Kanhangad Madiyan Koolom Temple, Kannur Narikode Ezhome Madayil Kottam, Cherukunnu Pazhangode Sree Koorankunnu Bhagavathy Kavu temple, Nileshwaram Palakkat Sree Puthiya Parambath Bhagavathy Kavu, and Kallyasseri Mangad Theru Erinhikkeel Bhagavathy temple.