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Poochal Bhagavathy Temple – Theyyam Kaliyattam Festival

Poochal Bhagavathy temple (പൂച്ചാല്‍ ഭഗവതി ക്ഷേത്രം) is located at Poochal near Kunnaru in Kannur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The annual theyyam thira kaliyattam festival is held for two days in Malayalam Kumbha Masam – Kumbham 21 to Kumbham 22 (March 5 to March 7).

The main deities are worshipped in a square sanctum sanctorum – chathura sreekovil. Some deities are worshipped on square platforms which are open to the elements. Certain deities are given space under trees. Vishu is an important festival here. Sankranti in every Malayalam month is of great significance. The roof of the main temple is traditionally decorated.

The important theyyams that can be witnessed at Poochal Bhagavathy temple are Bhagavathi, Gulikan, Vishnumoorthi and other theyyams.