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Perumbeshan Theyyam – Story – Information

Perumbeshan Theyyam (പെരുമ്പേശൻ തെയ്യം) is a rare theyyam performed during the annual theyyam thira kaliyattam festival in Kannur and Kasaragod districts of North Kerala. As per information, this theyyam is a deity worshipped by the Valluva community. As per Perumbeshan story, the couple of Vaduva or Valluva did not have any children. They performed intense Shiva bhajana  (as per some accounts intense Vishnu bhajana) and they received a boon that they will give birth to a  courageous child. He will leave his house and go and settle in Malanadu. The boon also mentioned that the child will be a god.

The boy was given good education and once he took permission from his parents to go on a business journey with the help of his uncle Vaduva Chatti. The boy started journey with the goods provided by his uncle. He was accompanied by his friends. After visiting several places, they reached Tirunelli. Here they paid tax to Thayale Perumal. But they did not pay tax to Meethale Perumal. An angry Perumal used magic and converted all the white bulls in white stones, brown bulls into brown stones, black bulls into black stone and converted all the other goods into ash. All the six people contracted uncurable diseases.

The boy ran to an unknown road. He died at Perumpuzhayil. The boy became a deity and Daviakkaru and came to be known as Perumbeshan

The theyyam is offered prayers for peace and prosperity.

Perumbeshan Theyyam is annually performed at Mattannur Kodolipram Thannakkal Bhagavathy Kavu temple in Kannur and Kannur Peravur Vaayannur Ambalakandi Bhagavathy Kavu temple (February 13 to February 14) and at Malur Aryaparambu Sree Koottakkalam temple in Mattannur (April 3 to April 5).