Theyyam Calendar

A traditional art form which is 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 varieties 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 some Theyyam festivals in Malabar. It highlights temple locations, dates of performances and details of the contact persons associated with upcoming shows. This collection includes videos of Theyyam performances at locations across North Malabar. The videos will provide an idea of the costumes, rhythm, music and dance of this rich art form of Kerala.

Temple Approximate Date
Aadoor Sree Panachikkavu 21 to 23 February 2024
Karayil Kandambath Palakkukeezhil Devasthanam 22 to 23 February 2024
Kadangodu Maakkam Bhagavathy Temple 23 to 24 February 2024
Pazhangodu Sree Koorankunnu Bhagavathy Temple 24 to 27 February 2024
Manikka Sree Kurumba (Payyampalli) Temple 25 to 27 February 2024
Bavode Sree Velutha Kunnathu Machilottu Bhagavathy Temple 25 to 27 February 2024
Thekkekkara Choovatta Valiya Veedu Sree Panayakkatt Bhagavathy Temple 26 to 28 February 2024
Aduthilatheru Sree Bhagavathy Temple 28 to 29 February 2024
Thaivalappil Tharavadu Kandothu 28 to 29 February 2024
Kallidil Devasthanam 28 February to 1 March 2024
Kunnunjaal Sri Muthappan Madappura 29 February to 1 March 2024
Koyon Temple (Pulitharammal Sree Bhagavathy Temple) 5 to 6 March 2024
KaruvalliKavu 5 to 8 March 2024
Vadassery Padinjarekkara Sree Puthiyara Bhagavathy Temple 7 to 8 March 2024
Gurukkalottu Bhagavathy Temple 10 to 12 March 2024
Varayil Madappura Sree Muthappan Temple 16 to 17 March 2024
Kadukkaaram Sree Karimanal Chamundeshwari Devasthanam 31 March to 1 April 2024
Malliyodu Palottu Kavu 13 to 18 April 2024
Sree Oravankara Bhagavathy Temple 14 to 17 April 2024
Puzhaathi Sree Pazhaya Parambathu Puthiya Bhagavathy Temple 16 to 18 April 2024
Paravoor Puliyoor Kaali Temple 18 to 21 April 2024
Nilayara Bhagavathy Temple 18 to 21 April 2024
Pinarayi Bali Temple 20 to 21 April 2024
Peringode Illam Thazhekkavu Bhagavathy Temple 23 to 24 April 2024
Perikamana Illam 23 to 24 April 2024