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Periyattu Chamundi Theyyam – Story – Information

Periyattu Chamundi theyyam (പെരിയാട്ട് ചാമുണ്ഡി തെയ്യം) is a ferocious theyyam performed in few holy places in Kasaragod and Kannur region of Kerala during annual Kaliyattam thira festival. As per information, this is a ferocious Mother Goddess form (Goddess Bhagavathy) especially of one who has annihilated Chanda and Munda who was given a place to satisfy her so that she will not harm people, their property and livestock. Periyattu Chamundi theyyam story is that of her causing disturbance in a region with her supernatural powers and blood thirstiness. She is given a proper place in a kavu and a theyyam is annually performed so that she will not harm people and other living beings. It is also believed that Mahadeva Shiva performed a yajna and from it appeared seven different types of Chamundi that was deputed to help Goddess Kali in fighting against the demons. Periyattu Chamundi is one among them.

Periyattu Chamundi theyyam is worshipped for protection from enemies, to overcome fear of supernatural beings like ghosts etc and for a healthy life. She is also worshipped to get strength to defeat enemies and for desire fulfillment.

Periyattu Chamundi theyyam is performed annually at Kadannapally Padinjarekkara Edavan Nhattiyal Edavan Chirakara Tharavadu Kavu temple (May 5 to May 7) and at Kadannappally Padinharekkara Periyatt Chamundi Kavu temple (Jan 4 to Jan 6).