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Palayi Sree Mattummal Tharavadu Temple – Theyyam Kaliyattam Thira Festival

Palayi Sree Mattummal Tharavadu temple is located at Palayi near Nileshwar in Kasaragod district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi, Goddess Chamundi and Vishnumoorthi. The annual theyyam thira kaliyattam festival is observed for two days in Malayalam Vrischika Masam – Vrischikam 11 to Vrischikam 12 (November 26 to November 27).

Important theyyams that can be witnessed at Palayi Sree Mattummal Tharavadu temple are Achan Daivam, Anthiyurangum Bhootham theyyam, Cheralath Bhagavathy theyyam, Cheriya Bhagavathy theyyam, Dhanyanghanathu Bhagavathy theyyam, Gulikan theyyam, Padar Kulangara Bhagavathi theyyam, Raktha Chamundi theyyam and Vishnumoorthi theyyam.

The main deities worshipped in the temple are given space in Chathura Sreekovil (square sanctum sanctorum). The roof and walls of main shrines have traditional Hindu motifs. The small shrines are traditionally decorated during festivals. The upa devatas are mainly worshipped in small sreekovil, atop small square platforms and under trees. Sankranti in every Malayalamasam is of great importance here.