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Kottila Puthiya Bhagavathi Kavu Temple – Theyyam Thira Kaliyattam Festival

Kottila Puthiya Bhagavathi Kavu temple is located at Kottila Athiyadam near Ezhome, in Kannur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy, Goddess Chamundi and numerous other deities. The annual theyyam thira kaliyattam festival is held for three days in Malayalam Vrischika Masam – Vrichikam 25 to Vrichikam 27 (December 10 to December 12).

The important theyyams that can be witnessed at Kottila Puthiya Bhagavathi Kavu temple are Bhadrakali theyyam, Gulikan theyyam, Puthiya Bhagavathy theyyam, Vishnumoorthi theyyam, Veeran theyyam, Raktha Chamundi theyyam and Veera Kali theyyam.

The temple has a chathura sreekovil or square sanctum sanctorum for the main deity. The roof of the shrine is decorated with traditional motifs. There are other small square sanctums in the temple compound. Certain deities are worshipped atop square platforms and under trees. The important pujas and rituals are observed on Sankranti day as per Malayalam calendar.