Kathanar is a legendary luminary. He was not only a high
priest but also a famous magician and a conjurer and also
blessed with Divine powers. Much folklore describes his
feats against evil forces, witchery and incantation with
his prayers and Divine powers. He was always the helping
hand to the poor and the needy, irrespective of cast and
is believed that Paulose mastered magical powers from Mala
Arayas, who were cannibals living in their subterranean abodes.
Because of his pleasing manners, intelligence and sharp answers,
the leader of Mala Arayas was impressed very much with him
and was allowed him to stay with them and he confided him
with the strange secrets of magical performances. He stayed
many years there and later escaped from there. The Mala Arayas
searched for him but in vain. Kathanar was inside the church
and the mala arayas came as a storm and tried to destroy the
church. The scars are still visible on the walls of the church.
Kathanar performed many wonderful feats
and that are depicted in Aythihyamala fourth chapter by Kottarathil
Shankunni. Some of the very popular folklore are :
the cannibal Ekshi and nailing her in a palm tree at
against the famous chathan seva Puthupallil Thotakkathu
illam and anamakkal church at Ponnani.
grapes and other edible European sweat fruits to entertain
Bishop hailing from Jerusalem.
A grain of
rice multiplied into a pot of rice.
a magical arrow to Cochin Raja for use in battle.
of relieving pains, diseases and distress.