In this village, human relationship is cherished much and nurtured the ethics of communal harmony and enhanced cultural heritage. We can proudly and sincerely state publicly that the poisonous seeds of social evil never flourished in this small land. Hindus, Muslims and Christians all breathe in a friendly atmosphere. More than mere human relationships, we can find communities loving each other, depending each other and raising the value of communal harmony and cultural heritage. The social equality can be witnessed through the involvement of Hindus and Muslims in each other's festivals and celebrations.

Christians are recently inhabited but Hindus and Muslims are integrated in most of the places. There are two main churches at this village; one at Kovvappuram and the other at Edat known as Capuchin Church at Edat. There are several mosques but the important one is the Jamayeth Mosque. A Hindu Nair family was involved in building up this mosque and a Muslim family was involved in the “utsav” of “Muchilottu Bhagavathi” which clearly shows the Communal harmony and cultural heritage of this village. Angadi and Koyappara are the most Muslim populated areas.

We can see the remains of many old temples, which were dented due to ageing. Also we can see the remains of a temple near the highway at Edanad, which had aesthetically carved doors and domes made of stones. Most of the temples do have yearly celebrations but Kannangattu Bhagavathi temple has its celebrations once in two years only. There are numerous temples of Sree Muthappan, the deity of the common man.





There are several Temples, Kavu, Stanam, Kottam, Ara and Kazhakam found in this small village. “Sri Mallyottu Palottu Kavu”, previously known as “Cheerumba Kavu” is one of the famous among these temples. It is believed that “Palottu Daivam” (God), the incarnation of Mahavishnu to kill “Hayagreeva” an “Asuran” (demon), came from “Athiyadam Palottu Kavu” and after that the temple is widely known as “Palottu Kavu”. Earlier, during the time of Raja rule, it was known as “Cheerumba Kavu” (Sree Kurumba Kavu). This temple is situated about 2 Kms. from the National Highway that passes through the north west of this village. This temple has different Gods and Goddess pand consists of Pattupura, Kodimaram, Kailaskkallu, and outside the Nalukettu a Devi Temple. There are several “Theyyams” performed here, such as Pulloor Kali, Pullikarimkali, Vishnumoorthi, Madayil Chamundi, Kundoor Chamundi, Raktha Chamundi, Kurathiyamma and Paalottu Daivam itself. The “Malliyodan Namboothiri”, when left this temple authorized “Chemmaran Panikkar” to light the lamp at the temple every day. Since the Malliyodan Namboothiri never came back, the Chemmaran Panikkar took over this temple adopting the title as “Malliyodan”. The poojari for the main Deity “Paalottu Daivam” is known as “Malliyodan” and the poojaris for other Gods are known as “Anthithiriyan”. Other than “Vishu Vilakku Mahotsav”, “Bharani Festival” and “Pooram Festival” are also celebrated in this temple. Theyyam and Ezhunnallathu are the main significance of “Vishu Vilakku” while Ezhunnallathu is performed during “Bharani Festival” and “Poorakkali is the main attraction on “Pooram Festival”. Even though Thiyya community manages this temple, all the communities are cooperating with the festival. The members of the governing body are being elected each year from the four “Ooru” (part of village) known as Malliyodu, Vadakkumbad, Thalayi and Kuthirummal. During the “Vishu Vilakku Mahotsav” in the Malayalam month of “Medam” all the four “Ooru” take part in the festival. Each “Ooru Kazhcha Committee” manages the whole celebrations and they are responsible for each day’s expenses during the festival. The most competitive attractions during the “Vishu Vilakku Mahotsav” are the cultural entertainment programmes and the most impressive “Vedikkettu” (fire works).





          





The Story of “Katankott Makkam”, believed to be another real legendary story of Kunhimangalam, always commemorates in the minds of people of north Kerala. Katankott Tharavadu had a direct relation with Kolathiri ruler. Once there lived four brothers, their wives, a sister and her two children in this Tharavadu. The sister-in-laws were jealous about the love and affection their husbands have towards the sister, Makkam, they planned to get rid of Makkam from the Tharavadu. Upon listening to the propaganda of the wives, the brothers got angry and they severed the heads of Makkam and her children and deposited into a well near “Ayyangarapalli”. Also they killed a person called “Mavilan” who saw this depressing confrontation. It is believed that Makkam, her children and Mavilan emerged soon as Gods and Goddess. Their souls revenged upon the brothers and their wives.

The “Makkam” theyyam is performed as a ritual at the Katankott tharavadu in Kunhimangalam every year. To see this auspicious ritual art where metaphysical thoughts and expressions of immortal souls of Katankott Makkam and her children are impersonated, thousands of people gather together from the districts of Kasaragod and Kannur. The lifestyle, customs and other traditions of this place before three centuries are clearly explained in the literature (thottam pattu) of Katankott Makkam Theyyam.





One among the main worship places of “Puthiya Bhagawathi” is in “Ayilincheri”. In the past this area was very badly effected with the so called frightening disease “Small Pox” which had no remedy at that time and it was widely believed that the “Small Pox” was disseminated by the “Cheerumba” and it is cured by the “Bhagavathi”.





Another famous temple is the “Veerachamundeshwari Temple” where “Kolathiri” had paid divine honours. It is believed that a mother and son, the last members of the then ruled Namboodiri family of this village emerged as Goddess “Veerachamundeswari” and God “Veera Bhadran”. It is assumed that the name Kunhimangalam is associated with the story of “Veerachamundeshwari”.





This is one of the oldest worship places in Kunhimangalam, which is believed to be founded by the great Saint “Parasurama”, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu
             





      















In north Kerala there are about five important “Nagam” (place where snakes are worshipped) and out of these five important places one is at Edat, which is at Kunhimangalam Panchayat.








Once upon a time “Araattu” at “Pallivayal” was one of the most celebrated festivals of whole of the villagers. Even now, when people celebrate “Pooram” during the Malayalam month of Meenam, they mention about this festival that was celebrated in olden days.




Near the highway in Edanad, the Umamaheswara temple is being built-up spending lakhs of rupees and with the cooperation of all the natives. While most of the temples do have yearly celebrations, Kannangattu Bhagavathi temple has its celebrations once in two years only.

Among the famous temples, Azhineekkikara (Aneekkara) Poomala Bhagawathi temple at Thekkumbad, Sree Krishna Temple at Kandamkulangara, Kannangattu Bhagawati Temple, Makkam Bhagawati Temple, Mallioyottu Palottu Kavu, Manayil Molom, Muchilottu Bhagawathi Temple, Padma Salia Vettakkorumakan Temple, Panachira Kalari, Pathillath Bhagawathi Kavu at Kovvappuram, Sree Parthasarathi Temple, Trippanikkara Temple, Vadakkan Kovval Temple at Moosarikkoval, Vannathan Kottam at Thekkumbad, Veerachamundeshwar Temple at Thekkumbad and Vettakkorumakan Temple are the most important ones.





There are several mosques but the important one is the Jamayeth Mosque. There is a relation between the Muslims and Hindus in regard to the construction of the Juma Masjid here. A Hindu Nair family was involved in building up this mosque and a Muslim family was involved in the “utsav” of “Muchilottu Bhagavathi” which clearly shows the Communal harmony and cultural heritage of this village. To commemorate this hearty relationship some of the traditions still continue even today.







There are two main churches at this village; one at Kovvappuram and the other at Edat known as Capuchin Church at Edat.