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
Pariyaram Sree Udayapuram Temple 4 to 7 January 2022
Kannom Sree Anjuthengil Aivar Paradevatha Temple 9 to 12 January 2022
Kandothu Sree Paradevatha Temple 11 to 13 January 2022
Maavicheri Sree Bhagavathy Temple 24 to 27 January 2022
Sree Chaamakkavu Bhagavathy Temple 27 to 31 January 2022
Payyanur Karim Chamundi Temple 30 January 2022
Kakkarakavu Bhagavathy Temple Aaroodasthanam 3 to 5 February 2022
Sree Alakkandy Muduppali Bhagavathy Temple 3 to 12 February 2022
Aanacheri Kottam Sree Perumpuzha Achan Deivam Temple 6 to 7 February 2022
Thalikkaran Tharavadu Kizhakkeveedu 6 to 8 February 2022
Vallarkulangara Bhagavathy Kottam, Thekkumbad 7 to 8 February 2022
Pramancheri Bhagavathy Kavu 8 to 11 February 2022
Thayineri Sree Kurinji Temple 10 to 12 February 2022
Sree Karimanal Kavu Chamundeswari Temple 11 to 14 February 2022
Mattul Sree Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple 21 to 25 February 2022
Karayil Kandambath Palakkukeezhil Devasthanam 21 to 22 February 2022
Kadangodu Maakkam Bhagavathy Temple 22 to 23 February 2022
Pazhangodu Sree Koorankunnu Bhagavathy Temple 24 to 27 February 2022
Kunnumbram Maadathin Keezhil Vaira Jaatha Temple 25 to 27 February 2022
Thekkekkara Choovatta Valiya Veedu Sree Panayakkatt Bhagavathy Temple 25 to 27 February 2022
Aduthilatheru Sree Bhagavathy Temple 27 to 28 February 2022
Pongilat Valla Kulangara Bhagavathy Temple 27 February to 1 March 2022
Thaivalappil Tharavadu Kandothu 27 to 28 February 2022
Kallidil Devasthanam 27 February to 1 March 2022
Muchilottu Puthiyakavu, Peralassery 2 to 4 March 2022