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Cherukunnu Ukkomil Tharavadu Temple – Theyyam – Kaliyattam Festival

Cherukunnu Ukkomil Tharavadu temple is located at Cherukunnu in Kannur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to deities that are worshipped in tharavadu and kavu in Kannur region. The annual theyyam kaliyattam thira festival in the temple is held for two days in Dhanu Masam – Dhanu 15 and Dhanu 16 (December 30 and December 31).

The theyyams that are performed in this temple during kaliyattam festival are Uchitta Bhagavathy theyyam, Ukkomil Chamundi theyyam, Vettakkorumakan theyyam and Gulikan theyyam.

This is a small traditional Kerala style temple with a small chathura sreekovil. There are no major structures. Other deities popularly worshipped in Kavu and temples in Kannur region are also worshipped in the temple in small sreekovils and square platforms. Sankranti and Vishu are important days in the temple.

The annual festival days are noted various unique pujas and rituals, melam, decoration, fireworks and traditional temple performing art forms.