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Drum Ensemble at Sree Thayyil Vayanattu Kulavan Temple, Kannur

Sree Thayyil Vayanattu Kulavan temple is located at Kuruva in Kannur (former Cannanore), district of Kerala. The small shrine set in rural surroundings has the deities of Vayanattu Kulavan, Puliyoor Kannan, Gulikan and Ilayidath Bhagavathi.

The annual Vellattam festival of the temple, usually held in the month of April is a grand affair. The festival is marked by a variety of Theyyam performances, including that of vayanattu kulavan, gulikan and puliyoor kannan. Traditional drum orchestra is a major attraction of the festival.

The temple
Vayanattu Kulavan, according to legends, is the son of Lord Shiva and is blind. He is considered as the traditional deity of the Ezhava community of Malabar, the region comprising the northern districts of Kerala. There are many temples dedicated to Vayanattu Kulavan in Malabar.