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Puliyoor Kannan Theyyam – Story – Information - Pulikannan

Puliyoor Kannan Theyyam (പുലിയൂർ കണ്ണൻ തെയ്യം) is a unique and famous theyyam part of the annual Thira – Theyyam – Kaliyattam festival mainly in Kannur and Kasaragod districts in Kerala. As per information, this theyyam (also known as Pulikannan or Puli Kannan, is associated with Shiva and Goddess Parvati taking the form of tiger and tigress respectively. As per the Puliyoor Kannan Theyyam story, Puliyoor Kannan is the son of Shiva and Goddess Parvati in the form of tiger and tigress.

Once, Shiva and Goddess Parvati were traveling through the Thullor Forest. Here they happened to see a tiger mating with a female tiger. Shiva and Parvati had amorous feelings and they took the form of Pulikandan and Pulikarinkali (Pullikarinkali) (പുലികണ്ടനും പുലികരിങ്കാളി (പുള്ളികരിങ്കാളി)).

It is believed that Puli Karinkali made a big hole below Thathenar rock (താതേനാര്‍ കല്ലിന്റെ തായ്മടയില്‍) and gave birth to five children – four males and one female. As per some beliefs she gave birth to five male children.

The female child is popularly known as Puliyoor Kali. The five male children were known as Kandapuli, Kala Puli, Marapuli, Pulimaruthan and Puliyoor Kannan.

Puliyoor Kannan is the theyyam of business community (Vaniyanmar). This theyyam is specifically worshipped at oil mills belong to the Vaniya community.