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Keezhur Mahadeva Temple Iritty - History - Rituals - Festival

Keezhur Mahadeva Temple is located around 1.5 km from Iritty in Kannur, Kerala. The annual festival in Keezhur Mahadeva temple is observed from Meenam 21 to Meenam 28. The 8-day festival is famous for Thidambu Nritham. Shivratri is another important festival in the temple.

The temple festival begins with Kalavara Nirakkal. Grains are carried on head by women devotees in procession along with the flat for the kodiyettam ritual. 

The main deity worshipped in the temple is Shiva who faces east.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Dakshinamurti, Nagam and Ayyappa.

The temple is one among the 108 Shiva temples in Kerala. In ancient times this was a Mahakshetram.

As per history, the temple first belonged to Brahmins later it came under the control of Kezhuridam Vazhunnor. Some people belief that the Vazhunnor had forcefully taken over the shrine.

Karkidaka Vavu Bali is observed in the temple on the banks of Bavali River. Ashtadravya homam and Bhagavathy seva are during the Karkidakam month. Maha Mrityunjaya homam is held on the first Sunday of every month. On the first Friday of every month Bhagavathy seva is held. On last Saturday of a month, Sastha puja is held.