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Panniyoor Payattiyal Bhagavathy Temple – Theyyam Thira Kaliyattam Festival

Panniyoor Payattiyal Bhagavathy temple is located at Panniyoor in Kannur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Payattiyal Bhagavathi. The annual theyyam thira kaliyattam festival is held for three days in Vrischika Masam – Vrischikam 23 to Vrischikam 25 (December 8 to December 11).

The important theyyams that can be witnessed at Panniyoor Payattiyal Bhagavathy temple are Vishnumoorthi theyyam, Kurathi, Kundoor Chamundi, Thai Paradevatha, Veeran theyyam and Payattiyal Bhagavathy 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.