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Pinarayi Venduttayi Sree Puthamkandam Bali Temple – Theyyam – Kaliyattam Festival

Pinarayi Venduttayi Sree Puthamkandam Bali temple is located at Pinarayi in Kannur district, Kerala. This is a rare temple with Bali of Ramayana as one of the presiding deities. The shrine is also dedicated to numerous deities that are worshipped in tharavadu and kavu in the region. The annual theyyam – kaliyattam – thira festival is held for two days in Malayalam Meda Masam – (April 29 and April 30) (it might be also on the last Saturday and Sunday of April).

The temple has a main small chathura sreekovil (square sanctum sanctorum). There are also other small square platforms and sreekovil for worshipping other deities.

Various agricultural products are offered to the deities during auspicious occasions. The most important day in a month is the sankranti. Vishu is another important festival here.

The important theyyams that are part of the annual kaliyattam festival are Bali theyyam, Sasthappan theyyam (also referred to as Kuttichathan theyyam), Elladathu Bhagavathy theyyam and Thekkan Gulikan theyyam.