In the Ullanat family once upon a
time there was a Karanavar who was a great Upasaka and Maantrika.
It is said that he had the Darshan of Goddess Parvathi in the form of
a woman of Kurava tribe on the hills of Kalladikode. (It is the form that
Goddess Parvathi took to accompany Lord Shiva when he took the form of
Kiraata. The Goddess is known as “Tvarita” in the Tantrik lore.) The
Goddess Kurathi Bhagavathi accepted to come with the Ullanat Karanavar and
to be the Upasana Devata at his home at Athit Bhavanam. There
is another version that the Ullanat Panicker and his friend, the Naduvazhi Nair of Puravur family went to
Kalladikode for learning the secrets of the esoteric art of Mantravada.
After spending some days and learning the art they started returning. At the
foothills of the mountain Goddess Parvathi as Kurathi offered to come with
Ullanat Panicker. All the Mantric texts in palm leaves were handed over to
the Puravur Nair and Ullanat Panicker offered the top of his palm leaf
umbrella for the Goddess to ascend. And thus she was brought to Venkitangu
by Ullanat Panicker. (This Puravur Nair, who later became a great Mantrika, is worshiped as Ammavan, a clan deity, in Puravur family
also). The Karanavar worshipped the Goddess with ardent devotion and
attained salvation. And the descendents started worshipping both the
Karanavar (Ammavan) and Kurathi Bhagavathi as the deities of the clan.
There is also another version that
She was invoked and brought by the Karanavar from Ezham, i.e.,
Srilanka. The Karanavar, who brought Bhagavathi from Ezham, went to the
house of the Menons of Kuzhuppalli family where he rested and kept
his belongings. In order to cleanse himself from the pollution (on account
of crossing the sea) the Karanavar took a ritualistic bath in the pond there
and then took his belongings and Bhagavathi who was later installed in the
Kalari. But the Saannidhyam (presence) of Kurathi Bhagavathi was
felt in the Kuzhuppalli house also and they too started worshiping
Kurathi and Ullanat Panicker as their family deities. From then onwards,
the Karanavar of the Kuzhuppalli family participated in the Kalam
Puja of Ammavan and Kurathi Bhagavathi.