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Machithole Tharavadu Temple – Theyyam Thira Kaliyattam Festival

Machithole Tharavadu temple is located at Cherukunnu in Kannur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Vayanattu Kulavan and other related deities. The annual theyyam thira kaliyattam festival is held for two days in Malayalam Dhanu Masam – Dhanu 11 to Dhanu 12 (December 26 to December 27).

The shrine has a chathura sreekovil for the main deities. The main sanctum sanctorum is traditionally decorated. Some deities are worshipped atop square platforms and under trees. Vishu is an important annual festival here. The temple observes various rituals especially during Sankranti in every Malayalam month.

The important theyyams that can be witnessed at Machithole Tharavadu temple are Vaynattu Kulavan theyyam, Gulikan theyyam, Vishnumoorthi theyyam, Kandanarkelan theyyam and Kudiveeran theyyam.