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Madathil Poovathikeezhil Bhagavathy Temple – Theyyam – Kaliyattam Festival

Madathil Poovathikeezhil Bhagavathy temple is located at Madathil on Karikkottakkary - Uruppumkutty road near Iritty, Kannur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual theyyam-thira festival in the temple is held for three days in Makara Masam – Makaram 16, Makaram 17 and Makaram 18 (January 30, January 31 to February 1).

This is a small traditional Kerala style temple with a 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.

The theyyams that are performed in this temple are Rudripalan theyyam, Puzhayil Pothi theyyam, Neela Karinkali theyyam, Poovathin Keezhil Bhagavathy theyyam and Muthachi pothy theyyam.

The annual festival days are noted various unique pujas and rituals, melam, decoration, fireworks and traditional temple performing art forms. Thiruvathira, procession and fair are part of the annual festival.

Sankranti and Vishu are important days in the temple.