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Kotholiamma Bhagavathy Theyyam – Story – Information

Kotholiamma Bhagavathy Theyyam kolam (കൊതോളിയമ്മ ഭഗവതി തെയ്യം കോലം) is a rare theyyam performed in numerous kavu, tharavadu, temples and sacred places in Kannur and Kasaragod regions of Kerala. As per information, Kothooliamma Bhagavathy is the fierce manifestation of Goddess Bhagavathi who has just annihilated demon Darika. As per Kotholiamma Bhagavathi theyyam story, this is the eight-arm form of Goddess Bhagavathy. She has just chopped the head of Darikasuran and she is performing Tandava dance. The entire universe is trembling and earth will be soon shattered into two pieces. Shiva tries to stop the dance of Goddess Devi by lying on her path. To save earth, Shiva forms the bed for Goddess to dance. It is believed that she appeared in this form in a tharavadu and found a place of worship. She blesses devotees in this form.

She is also known by numerous other names including Thai Paradevatha, Thiruvarkattu Bhagavathi, Bhadrakali, Arathil Bhagavathy, Ettikulam Bhagavathy, Kalariyal Bhagavathy, Karayapila Amma, Ashtamichal Bhagavathy, Kannamgalam Bhagavathy, Veeranchira Bhagavathy, Kolaswaroopathingal Thai, Parakkadavu Bhagavathy, Puthiyarambath Amma, Vallarkulangara Bhagavathi, Manathana Pothi etc.

It is widely believed that she appeared from the third eye of Shiva. Some believe that she is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati.

Different regions and different communities have different names for this manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti.

Kotholiamma Bhagavathy Theyyam is worshipped to overcome health issues, peace, prosperity and desire fulfillment.