Theyyam Calendar

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ALERT - Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all the festivals in temples and other events have been suspended for a while.

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
Ganeshan Kavu Dharmadam Sathram 1 to 2 April 2022
Sree Mavilakkavu Temple 14 to 20 April 2022
Puzhaathi Sree Pazhaya Parambathu Puthiya Bhagavathy Temple 16 to 18 April 2022
Pinarayi Bali Temple 16 to 17 April 2022
Perikamana Illam 17 to 18 April 2022
Nilayara Bhagavathy Temple 18 to 21 April 2022
Chirakkavu Bhagavathy Temple 22 to 25 April 2022
Peringode Illam Thazhekkavu Bhagavathy Temple 23 to 24 April 2022
Anthi Mahakaali Kottam (Nageniamma) 3 to 4 May 2022
Murikkoli Tharavadu Temple 12 May 2022
Madayikkavu 24 May 2022
Kambrath Tharavadu Devasthanam 30 to 31 October 2022
Sree Kuruvappalli Ara Devaswom 3 to 6 November 2022
Pazhayangadi Railway Muthappan Madappura 14 to 15 December 2022