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Vedalam Theyyam – Story – Information – Vethalam

Vedalam theyyam kolam is a rare theyyam seen during the annual theyyam thira kaliyattam festival in Kannur and Kasaragod regions of Kerala. As per information, Vedalam is the vehicle or vahana of Goddess Bhadrakali. As per Vethalam theyyam story, Goddess Bhadrakali appeared from the third eye of Shiva to annihilate demon Darikasura. She chose a Vedalam (Vethalam) residing in the Kailash Mountain as her vahana. When Goddess Kali asked Vedalam whether he will be able to carry her, the Vedalam replied that he is capable of carrying her and her entire army on his back. Vedalam was in a state of perpetual hunger for thousands of years and Goddess Kali promised him that he will be served the heart and liver of the demon at the end of the war. Vedalam carried Goddess Bhadrakali to the fort of the demon. 

On the final day of the battle, Goddess Bhadrakali lifted up Darikasura and placed him on the tongue of the Vedalam and split him into pieces using her nails. She drank the blood of the demon, gave the body parts to Shiva Bhuta Ganas and the head was presented to Mahadeva Shiva. She gave the liver and heart of the demon to the Vedalam.