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Chala Kalarivattam Temple – Theyyam Thira Kaliyattam Festival

Chala Kalarivattam temple, also known as Kalariyadath Kavu, is located at Chala in Kannur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Bhagavathi, Vishnumoorthi and other related deities. The annual theyyam thira kaliyattam festival is held for three days in Malayalam Makara Masam – Makaram 26 to Makaram 28 (February 9 to Feb 11).

The important theyyams that can be witnessed at Chala Kalarivattam temple are Sasthappan, Valiya Thamburatti, Vishnumoorthi, Ponmakan, Bhairavan, Gulikan theyyam, Kalari Pothi, Karimkali theyyam, Poookutti Sasthappan, Ponmakal, Uchitta theyyam and Theechamundi.

This is a small shrine with a chathura sreekovil for the main deity. The roof of the shrine is traditionally decorated. There are other smaller sreekovils and raised platforms for other deities. Sankranti in a Malayalam month is of great importance.