"Theevetti Kolla" is a macabre incident in which some prosperous households were looted and burgled by robbers. The intruders came at night with torches and plundered the assets, often taking an escape route through the waterways. Threats to life and honour to womenfolk were not unusual, though not common. In the 19th century, in Travancore many such instances had been reported. Of course, the culprits, once caught , had to undergo severe punishments including death penalty.
My father-in-law is a member of this ancestral Tharavadu, for the construction of which the then Maharaja of Travancore , Karthika Thirunal Rama Varma, popularly known as Dharma Raja, had allotted 2000 Kalian Panam in AD 1793. (Ref: Patthompathaam Noottaandile Keralam by D.Bhaskaran Unni)
Gold Kaliyan Fanam
Thank, God! Our present day youngsters, including my daughter Lavanya, can enjoy a candle light dinner without worrying about a torchlight robbery which some of their grandmas had experienced to their horror!