Thacholi Chandu

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Thacholi Chandu was a legendary hero who is believed to have lived during 16th century in North Malabar region of Kerala, India.[1] He is praised about in Vadakkan Pattukal (ballads of North Malabar). He is the nephew of legendary Thacholi Othenan.[2] Chandu was married to Thayattu Madathu Mattu Kutti.

Story of Thulunadan fort[edit]

Kandar Menon was the owner of the Thulunadan fort. Kandar Menon was an expert in martial arts. No one could conquer his fort because he had one lakh soldiers and 17,789 weapons. Even the legendary Thacholi Othenan could not conquer the Thulunadan fort. One day Chandu's wife Mattu Kutty was going to the Omaloor Kavu temple. Kandar Menon saw her beauty and kidnapped her. Chandu heard this news and disguised as a sage and went to the fort. Kandar Menon was kind to sages and let him in. At the night he managed killed all the soldiers. When Kandar Menon got up, he saw blood shed. Chandu came in his original form and set a angam (war) with Kandar Menon. Chandu used ullivettu to kill Kandar Menon.

Chandus in Vattakan pattu[edit]

There are three persons (characters) named Chandu in Vadakkan Pattukal. They are Chandu Chekavar (Chadiyan Chandu), Payyampally Chandu Chekavar, and Thacholi Chandu.[3]

Popular culture[edit]

Thacholi Chandu's character has been depicted in several Malayalam films, including Thacholi Marumakan Chandu and Thacholi Othenan. The movie Thacholi Marumakan Chandu, directed by P. Bhaskaran, was about the life of Thacholi Chandu.[4]


  1. ^ Chummar Choondal (1980). Kerala folk literature. Kerala Folklore Academy. 
  2. ^ "History of Malayalam Literature". Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference chandan220.kfl was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  4. ^ "P. Bhaskaran". Retrieved 25 September 2010.