Vettukorumakan ,Son Of Hunter Kiratha Shiva

After Lord Shiva granted the Pasupatha Astra to Arjuna, Lor Shiva and Parvathy had a son.

He is worshiped as Vettukorumakan in Kerala and some parts of Tamil Nadu.

Vettukorumakan, means son of Hunter.

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Vettukkorumakan, Son of Shiva.

Shiva in His amsa Rudra is called Kiratha, Hunter.

Rudra (/ˈrʊdrə/; Sanskrit: रुद्र) is a Rigvedic deity, associated with wind or storm, and the hunt. The name has been translated as “the roarer”. In the Rigveda, Rudra has been praised as the “mightiest of the mighty”.The Shri Rudram hymn from the Yajurveda is dedicated to Rudra, and is important in the Saivism sect.

ōm–namō–bhagavatë–rudrā-yā | ōm–namastë–rudra-man-yava–uto-ta–isha-vë-namah(a) || namastë–astu-dhan-vanë–bāhu-byām–(m)uta-të-namah(a) ||

| Om Salutations to the God who is Rudra.

Salutations to your Ire, Rudra and also salutations to your arrow.

Salutations to your bow and also to your both arms. yā-tạ-ishu(ḥ)–siva-tamā–sivam-babū–vatë-dhanu(hu), |

sivā-sarav-yāyā–ta-vata-yā–no–rudra-mrudayā ||

Bless us with happiness our Lord, With that arrow of thine, which is holy, With that bow of thine, which is begetter of good, With that quiver of thine, which is sweet. Sri Rudra Anuvaka 1

The episode is detailed in Bharavi’s Kiratharjuniya.

Description of Kiratha.

Body black in color, two shoulders holding bows and arrows, hair falling on the forehead, posing comfortably, with two piercing eyes, blossomed nice face, with feathers and fragrant flowers in his head, wearing the skin of tiger, Terrific, I meditate that Hunter (kirAta), the thief (hara).

Shiva is describes as Black only in this Form.

Vettukorumakan Legend


Vettakkorumakan is the son of Siva and Parvati. When Shiva appeared before Arjuna in the form of a hunter in his Kirata Avatar to grant him His personal weapon, Pasupata, Devi Parvati was also with him dressed as a huntress. After giving Arjuna the Pasupata the divine couple wandered in the forest in the same form for some time. During this period they had a son born of extraordinary effulgence and that is Vettakkorumakan or son born during hunting, to put it roughly. The boy was very mischievous. During his hunting he killed many asuras. But making free use of his bow and arrows he also gave endless trouble to the Devas and Rishis. Unable to bear his mischief they first approached Brahma who expressed his helplessness as the boy was the son of Shiva. Then they besought the help of Shiva Himself who however dismissed them by saying that he being a boy would be naturally naughty and he would be all right when he grew up. As a last resort they approached Mahavishnu who took the form of an old hunter and went to the boy. Vishnu displayed before the boy a golden churika,(dagger-cum-sword) which was so beautiful that it attracted the boy who begged him to make a present of it. Vishnu agreed provided he would behave in a responsible manner by giving up his bow and started protecting the people instead of harming them. The boy accepted the condition and with the churika took leave of his parents from Kailasa and went to the land of Parasurama, Kerala. He crossed several mountains and forests and rivers and reached North Kerala where he first entered the Balussery Fort. Hence the importance of the Balussery temple dedicated to Vettakkorumakan though the Lord later visited other places where He was revered and worshipped.”

Vettakkorumakan Temples in Kerala

Balussery Vettakkorumakan Temple

Nilamboor Kovilakom Vettakkorumakan Kavu

Thiruvananthapuram Kottaykkakam Vettakkorumakan Temple

Kayamkulam Krishnapuram Vettakkorumakan Temple

Padinjareppattu Mana Vettakkorumakan Temple

(Padinjareppattu Mana Vettakkorumakan Temple)

Eruvattikkavu Vettakkorumakan Temple

Alappadamba Vettakkorumakan Temple

Neeleswaram Vettakkorumakan Temple

Kottakkal Vettakkorumakan Temple

Kozha Kottakkal Vettakkorumakan Kavu

Kozha Vettakkorumakan Kavu is located near to Kuravilangadu bus stand in M.C Road.

Olassa Vettakkorumakan Kavu

Olassa Vettakkorumakan Kavu is located near Kottayam.

Temple website.

Citation for Temple List.


Author: ramanan50

Retired Senior Management Professional. Lectures on Indian Philosophy,Hinduism, Comparative Religions. Researching Philosophy, Religion. Free lance Writer.Blogger

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