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Madiyan Koolom Temple Information – Pattu Utsavam – Theyyam At Kanhangad - North Kerala

Madiyan Koolom Temple is located at Ajannor village, around 5 km from Kanhangad, Kasaragod District, North Kerala. The Pattu Utsavam in the temple is observed during the last 12 days of Dhanu Masam. The main events are held from January 10 to January 12. The theyyam, tira, kalasham and kulom are held for two days on the first week of Edavam month. Theyyam is held on any two days between May 15 and May 22.

During Pattu Utsavam, a special ritual called kalam pattu is held. The drawing of kalam varies each day and the first day the kalam is for Goddess Kalratri with pacha varnam (green powder), the second day the kalam is for Kshetrapalan with Manja Varnam (yellow powder). And on the final day, the kalam is of Darika vadham (killing of the demon Darika) in Manja Varnam (yellow powder) and is for Goddess Kalaratri.

Major highlight of Kalasham festival (first week of Edavam – May 15 to May 22) is the Theyyam. Manjali Amma, Manjalan, Manavatti, Kshetrapalan, Kalaratri Amma and Nadayil Bhagavathy are the major Theyyams performed at the temple.  

The main deities worshipped in the temple are Kshetrapalakan and Kalaratri. Kshetrapalakan faces west and Kalaratri faces east. Importance is given to Kshetrapalakan.

It is believed that originally Goddess Bhadrakali was worshipped in the temple as Kalratri and Kshetrapalakan was consecrated later. The Goddess worshipped her is the Kuladevata of Allohalan, or Allan king, of Alladam Swaroopam.

Although Kalaratri has a Vigraham in the temple she is believed to reside in a pillar in the temple.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Vairajathan, Nagam, Sastha, Perattoor Bhagavathy, Manjaliamma, Vettakkorumakan and Yakshi.

Uncooked rice is offered as Naivedyam. The main vazhipadu in the temple are Appam (Thanilamrut) and Payasam.

Gopalasthaniyar performs the morning and pradosha puja. The puja in noon is performed by Brahmins.

The temple is more than 500 years old and is one of the most important temples in Kasaragod.