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Vettaikkorumakan is traditionally, a deity of hunting (vetta(i) in Malayalam and Tamil means hunting, Etymologically the name caused some confusion as to the correct definition of that word. In the olden days in Kerala it was a practice, particularly, in the northern region to invoke the God (vazhipadu in Malayalam) at the shrines of Vettakkarumakan before hunting. The tradition had been followed for centuries by Royals and others before embarking on a major hunting expedition and the purpose was to guide the hunters in the dark wooded areas when hunting dangerous animals.
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Lord Vishnu was ready to help them out and approached the naughty boy in the guise of a hunter. Vishnu showed the boy a golden churika,(dagger-cum-sword) and told him he could keep it for himself only if he would stop troubling Rishis and Deva's and instead protecting them. The boy took the Churika, left his parents' abode Kailasa and went to the land of Parasurama, Kerala and settled down near Balussery. Hence the Balussery temple is dedicated to Vettakkorumakan who is the family deity of Kurumbranad Rajas.
The famous festival that lasts for six-days is called the Nilambur Pattu Utsavam and is annually held in the Malayalam Month of Dhanu (January), it is a religious function held by the Nilambur Kovilakam in Vettaikorumakan temple at Nilambur in Malappuram. The major festival activities include the singing of hymns in praise of the Lord. Referred to as Pattu atiyanthiram, the devotional songs are sung by certain tribal community, mainly Kurup community or Kuruppanmar. The 'Pattu' refers to the songs in praise of the Lord.
Many families among the erstwhile nobility of Malabar consider Vettakkorumakan as their family deity and have close links in one way or other to either Balussery Fort or Kurumbranad.