The myth behind the ‘Pottan Theyyam’ is traced to Sree Sankaracharya. While the latter was preparing to climb the `Sarwanjha Peedam’, considered to be the throne of knowledge, Lord Siva appeared disguised as a Dalit, with the intention to test his knowledge and sincerity. Lord Siva came as ‘Pulapottan’, accompanied by ‘Pulachamundi’, Parvathy Devi in disguise and ‘Pulamaruthan’, his minister Nadikesan. The Sankaracharya asked to go away as he did not want to be polluted by members of the lower caste. ‘Pottan’, who was Lord Siva in disguise, engaged Sankaracharya in a series of arguments in which the former exposes the insignificance of the caste system which divides the humanity and civilization into ridiculous fragments. These arguments are the major chants eulogized in `Thottam’ and contains great social messages

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