Kalarivathukkal Temple near Kannur in Kerala
Kalarivathukkal Temple is the family shrine of Chirakkal royal family. The principal deity is Bhadrakali in her fierce avatar. She is the patron deity of Kalarippayattu which is Kerala’s enduring martial art form. A kalari is essentially an area for teaching Kalarippayattu. The word kalari comes from Malayalam. Kalarivathukkal means at the Kalari door.