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Venduttayi Kaitheri Puthiyedath Khandakarnan Kavu Temple - Theyyam Festival

Venduttayi Kaitheri Puthiyedath Khandakarnan Kavu temple, also known as Kaithery Puthiyeduth Kandakarna Kshethram, is located at Venduttayi in Kannur district, Kerala. The annual Theyyam - Thira festival in the temple is held for three days in Makaram masam - Makaram 17 to Makaram 19 (January 31 to February 2). The shrine is dedicated to Khandakarnan – a ferocious form emanated from Shiva.

Some of the important theyyams 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.