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Venduttayi Kaitheri Puthiyedath Khandakarnan Kavu Temple

Venduttayi Kaitheri Puthiyedath Khandakarnan Kavu temple is located at Venduttayi in Kannur district, Kerala. The annual Thira festival in the temple is held in Makaram month. The shrine is dedicated to Khandakarnan – a ferocious form emanated from Shiva.

Some of the important theyyam performed in the temple are Karanavar, Karidevan, Kandakarnan, Sasthappan or Kuttichathan, Thekkan Gulikan, Thekkan Kariyathan and Vasoorimala.

The annual thira festival lasts for three days (last week of January to first week of February).

Kandakarnan is a ferocious form that appeared from the throat of Shiva. It is believed that he appeared to lick away the poxes that appeared on the body of Goddess Bhadrakali.