Kandanar Kelan Theyyam
Kelan was an intelligent and brave young man. Meladath Chakki, a land lord lady from Kunaru, Ramanthali near Payyanur had found him in the Poonkumbam forest near Wayanadu. Kelan’s hard work in the fields yielded a very good harvest. Delighted and happy with his work his mother asked him to produce a good harvest at her place in Wayanadu too.
Kelan drank some toddy, took some with him and set out with his bow and arrows to Wayanadu. On reaching Poonkumbam he cleared the four forests leaving only a gooseberry tree in the fourth forest. He set fire to the first forest from all sides and came out of it in an adventurous manner. He liked it so much that he did the same to the second and third forests and came out of the fires. He set fire to the fourth forest and tried to come out but got trapped. He climbed the gooseberry tree on which two snakes Kali and Karali lived. The snakes bit him on his chest and they all fell into the fire and were reduced to ashes.
Vayanat Kulavan, a warrior God, who was passing by saw the ashes of Kelan. He gave back Kelan his life and blessed him. Vayanattu Kulavan named him Kandanar Kelan, gave him weapons and a place next to him on his left side.
Kanadanar Kelan theyyam is representative of Kandanar Kelan. Two snakes are prominently drawn on his chest to represent Kali and Karali that died along with him in the fire. Dressed in silk and wearing metal anklets, he crosses fire in a show of anger towards the fire that burned him up.
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