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Theyyam Calendar


An ancient art form, more than eight centuries old, Theyyam is one of the most spectacular of the ritual arts forms of Northern Kerala. Theyyam performances include the myths and stories of the many gods and celestial spirits in Kerala mythology, and its performers are vigilant and committed to guarding the purity of the art form and preserving its ritualistic heritage.


Theyyam, believed to have been derived from the word Daivam, meaning god, is based on the belief that immortal spirits enter into mortal bodies to perform a ritual dance of divine revelation. The spectacular variety of Theyyam performances are possible through the use of elaborate facial make-up, captivating headgear, special costumes and unique ornaments. Theyyams are staged in various temples of Malabar, usually in front of the village shrine, with regularity each year. As performances are on an "open stage" they can also be showcased in traditional Malabar households during festive or special occasions.


The calendar below contains illustrations and images of 100 Theyyam festivals in Malabar. It highlights temple locations, dates of performances and details of the contact persons associated with upcoming shows. This collection includes one hundred videos of Theyyam performances at various geographical locations throughout North Malabar. The videos will provide a general idea of the costumes, rhythm, music and dance of this rich art form.


Temple Approximate Date
Vishwakarma Oorpazhassi Temple 17 to 20 January 2019
Sree Narambil Bhagavathy Temple 20 to 22 January 2019
Muthalakkadiyan Tharavadu Devasthanam 24 to 25 January 2019
Maavicheri Sree Bhagavathy Temple 24 to 27 January 2019
Nidumbram Sree Muthappan Madappura 25 to 27 January 2019
Sree Chaamakkavu Bhagavathy Temple 27 to 31 January 2019
Sree Menarayaroth Bhagavathy Temple 27 to 29 January 2019
Koyyodan Korothu 29 to 31 January 2019
Payyanur Karim Chamundi Temple 30 January 2019
Puthiya Parambath Dharma Devasthanam 31 January to 1 February 2019
Kaitheri Puthiyedathu Kavu 31 January to 2 February 2019
Poovallathil Temple 31 January to 2 February 2019
Kakkarakavu Bhagavathy Temple Aaroodasthanam 3 to 5 February 2019
Sree Alakkandy Muduppali Bhagavathy Temple 3 to 12 February 2019
Pulimuthappan Kavu 5 to 8 February 2019
Aanacheri Kottam Sree Perumpuzha Achan Deivam Temple 6 to 7 February 2019
Thalikkaran Tharavadu Kizhakkeveedu 6 to 8 February 2019
Vallarkulangara Bhagavathy Kottam, Thekkumbad 7 to 8 February 2019
Pramancheri Bhagavathy Kavu 8 to 11 February 2019
Kalarivattam Chala Temple 9 to 11 February 2019
Aadithyan Illam 10 to 11 February 2019
Thayineri Sree Kurinji Temple 10 to 12 February 2019
Kadumberi Sree Muthappan Madappura 10 to 11 February 2019
Karimanal Kavu Chamundeswari Temple 11 to 13 February 2019
Andalur Kavu 13 to 19 February 2019
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