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Padikkachal Muchilottu Bhagavathi Temple – Thira – Theyyam Festival

Padikkachal Muchilottu Bhagavathi temple is located at Padikkachal near Punnad – Iritty in Kannur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi and other deities worshipped in kavu, tharavadu and temples in Kannur regions of Kerala. The annual theyyam – thira festival in the temple is held for three days in Makara Masam – Makaram 24, Makaram 25 and Makaram 26 (February 7, Feb 8 and Feb 9).

This is a small beautiful Kerala style temple with traditional architecture. There is a chathura sreekovil for the main deity. There are also small sreekovils and square platforms for worshipping subsidiary deities.

The important theyyams performed in the temple during Kaliyattam festival are Muchilottu Bhagavathy theyyam, Kannangat Bhagavathy theyyam, Narambil Bhagavathy theyyam, Puliyoor Kaali theyyam and Vishnumoorthi theyyam.

Kavu kayaral, vellattam, kulichezhunellathu and other rituals, temple folk art forms, procession and melam are part of the annual festival.