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Vellavu Padinhatta Palliyara Bhagavathy Temple – Theyyam Thira Kaliyattam Festival

Vellavu Padinhatta Palliyara Bhagavathy temple is located at Vellavu in Kannur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and several other deities. The annual theyyam thira kaliyattam festival is held for three days in Malayalam Makara Masam – Makaram 8 to Makaram 10 (January 22 to January 24).

Important theyyams that can be witnessed at Vellavu Padinhatta Palliyara Bhagavathy temple are Dhooliyanga Bhagavathy theyyam, Gulikan theyyam, Madayil Chamundi theyyam, Bali theyyam, Dharma Daivam, Pulimuthappan theyyam, Thai Paradevatha theyyam and Vishnumoorthi theyyam.

This is a small beautiful Kerala style temple with traditional architecture. There is a chathura sreekovil for the main deity. There are also small sreekovils and square platforms for worshipping subsidiary deities. Some deities are worshipped under trees. Sankranti in every Malayalam month is of great importance here.