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Adoor Mahalingeswara Temple :

This temple is anchored on the south bank of the Payaswani River. The surrounding is blessed with lovely forests. The deity is Shiva.

The sanctum sanctorum of the temple is of rare nature – in the form of three stepped Gaja Prishta (elephant butt). With an inner round, an outer round and a palace ground this temple carries a distinction among the temples in Kerala.

The structure of the temple beholds five vital elements – interior space, inner portion, middle portion, outer portion and courtesy, the indispensable factors with Kerala temple architecture.

 

Adukkathu Bhagawathy Temple :

This temple is located at Adukkathu, 2-km from Bibungal on Painadukka-Bandadukka Road. The deity is Bhagawathy, facing east. There is a shrine for Saraswathy as sub-deity. The main offering is raw buffalo silk.

There is a rock-cut pond with quite large number of turtles. The devotees feed rice, supplied by the temple for a price, to the turtles. When the pond dries up during summer there finds no trace of turtles, dead or alive. When the pond returns to its glory during monsoon the turtles re-appear in abundant.The temple festival is in the month of Vrischikam (November/December).

Irival Mahavishnu Temple :

The temple is anchored in Irival on Kanhagad-Pinnathoor route. The deity is Vishnu.

The deity Vishnu is the manifestation of Lord Krishna.

Thiruvayalappan (Shiva), Sastha, Durga and Rakshas are the sub-deities.

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The Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam festival which showcases most of the major Theyyams is a fascinating event. The festival with its psychedelic colour and pageantry is unforgettable.

The event is held at Kuttikkol Thampuratty Bhagavathy Temple at Kuttikkol near Erinhipuzha, Kasaragod.

Event begins : February 22- 26, 2006

Getting there:
Nearest railway station: Kasaragod, about 28 km away.
Nearest airport: Mangalore, about 50 km away

Madhur Vinayaka Temple

Venue: Sree Manantheswara Vinayaka   Temple, Madhur, Kasaragod district, North Kerala.

The fiveday annual festival at Sree Manantheswara Vinayaka Temple at Madhur   in Kasaragod   is a colourful event. On the fourth day the image of the deity (Thidampu) is taken out in a long procession. The presentation of various folk arts and Yakshagana   the dancedrama, add to the festivities and excitement. Tippu sultan tried to attack this temple and a cut on the roof of the temple is well marked as a monument inside the temple.

The temple is dedicated to Sree Vinayaka   ( Ganesha  ), the destroyer of obstacles. Standing against a landscape of hills, paddy fields and gardens on the banks of the river Madhur, there is a fine blend of the Kerala and Karnataka styles of architecture. The sanctum sanctorum is two storeyed with beautiful murals adorning its outer walls.

Getting there:  
Nearest railway station: Kasaragod, Madhur is about 8 km north of Kasaragod town.Nearest town is Kumbala. It is located away from the main Road. after Kumbala town few kilo meteres away there is a side board on your leftern side when you are going from Kasargod to Kannur. You have to take the left turn and go inside. Ananthapuram temple is near by.
Nearest airports: Mangalore, about 50 km north of Kasaragod; Karipur International Airport at Kozhikode, about 200 km from Kasaragod.

Mallikarjuna Temple

 

Venue: Mallikarjuna   Temple located in the heart of Kasaragod town, Kasaragod district, North Kerala.

One of the oldest temples in the district, this one is dedicated to Lord Siva known here by the name Mallikarjuna  . The annual fiveday festival makes the temple courtyard colourfulday and nightwith pompous pageantry and cultural programmes. The concluding evening is set apart for the popular dance Yakshagana    a performance that goes on till daybreak.

Getting there:    
Nearest railway station: Kasaragod, on the Kozhikode-Mangalore-Mumbai route.

Nearest airports: Mangalore in the neighbouring Karnataka State about 50 km to the north; Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode, about 200 km to the south.

 

Palakkunnu Sree Bhagavathy Temple Bharani Maholsavam:

Palakkunnu Shree Bhagavathy Kshetram is one km. north of Trikkannad on the Kasargod - Kanhangad road (Chandragiri route). It is one of the famous temples of the Thiyya Community. The treasure house of the temple is situated near the railway gate of Kottikkulam railway station. Important deity is Mootha Bhagavathy (Kurumba Bhagavathi). Ilaya Bhagavathy, Dhandan, Ghandakarnam,Vishnu Moorthy and Gulikan are the sub deities. Padinhatta Chamundi, and Moovalamkuzhi Chamundi, are also worshipped in the Treasure House. The famous festival of the temple is Bharani Maholsavam which falls in the month of March every year. Maruputhari festival, during the month of December-January, Kalam Kanippu Maholsavam during the month of January and 'Poorolsavam' of March-April, are the other festivals of the temple. Bharani festival starts, the next day of the Arattu festival of Trikkannad temple

 Sree Mahalinheshwara Temple
45kms from Kasargode, located in wooded surroundings on the southern banks of the river Payasurini, the ancient Shiva Temple contains a Sanskrit inscription in Kannada Script, which was ascribed to the Western Chalukya king Kirthivaram II (745-755 A.D).

The Bhadrakali temple at Kanhangad
The Bhadrakali temple at Kanhangad, in Hosdurg is famed for its Bhutha dance (Devils dance) performed in connection with the annual festival held in May or June and December or January.

THEYYAM at Perumthitta Tharavad & Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam
Theyyam, the colourful ritual dance of Kerala is one of the oldest art forms of India. It incorporates dance, mime and music and enshrines the rudiments of ancient tribal cultures, which attached great importance to the worship of heroes and ancestral spirits.

Venue: Perumthitta Tharavad, Kottamkuzhy, Kasaragod District.
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nt Date: From Dec 6 to Dec 15, 2005
Perumthitta Theyyam festival at which most of the Theyyam forms are on display is truly a grand affair. The pomp and splendour of the Theyyams are bewitching and help keep alive this age-old tradition.
Getting there:
By road: Bekal-Palakunnu-Mudiyakkal-Chandrapuram-Perumthatta.
Nearest railway station: Kasaragod, about 26 km away.
Nearest airport: Mangalore, in the neighbouring state of Karnataka, about 50 km away from Kasaragod

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THE LAKE TEMPLE AT ANANTHAPURA

Ananthapura, 12 km north-east of Kasargod town, is known for its lake temple. This holy temple is believed to be the original seat (‘moolasthanam’) of Anantha Padmanabha of Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple at Thiruvananthapuram. It has been estimated that the temple is almost 1000 years old.Ananthapura Lake Temple located at Kumbala Town  from Kumbala go toward east by Kumbala- Badiyaduka road for almost 4 K.m and you reach an area called "Nayikappu" ,From there when you travel by the right side road for almost a Kilometer you will reach the oldest temple called AnanthapuraTemple. From Nayikappu if you go the opposite direction you reach another temple called Sri PARTHASARATHI TEMPLE. The temple loccaton is very picturesque, itis on a lonly area. This  is the only lake temple in Kerala.The whole area is Rocky. On this rocky area almost at the centre is this temple being made. The Vishnu Idol is like sitting on top of Aadiseshan.On each side there is "Boodevi, and Sree Devi" besides them Hanuman and Garuda worshiping the vigraha.Back side there are 2 " Devakaanya" fanning vishnu idol.This is how the idols are arranged.

Another interesting feature about this temple is A Crocodile living in the lake. This single crocodile is very well mingle with the humanbeings and it never thretend anyone. It takes only the sweet rice provided by the priest. The pond has got vareity of fishes. What is more strange is once this crocodile's periode is over another one appears, though there arent any river or ponds near by.  The beautiful lake temple is regarded as the 'Moolasthanam' (original seat) of Anathapadmanabha, the diety of Padmanabhaswamy temple, Thiruvananthapuram.

The presiding of the temple is Lord Vishnu seated on the serpent god, Adishesha. The temple is open to all visitors irrespective of caste, creed, and colour. It has been believed that Swami Villua mangala was living here worshiping the Lord Mahavishnu. Once he was offering prayers a  small boy came and started distracting him and finally he got angry . So he pushed the boy by his left hand.Immediately the boy disappeared in a cave next to where he worshiped saying that "If you want to see me again come to Ananthakaadu".Immediately Sree Villua mangala  understood the boy which was Sreekrishna himself and immediately swami followed him to through the cave which take him to the beach side after that the boy completely disappeared. From there he travelled along the beach reaching another krishna temple where he lived for a while and again he continued is journey to the "Ananthakadu which is today's Thiruvananthapuram".

The temple is situated in the centre of the Ananthapura Lake, on a remote rocky hill in a calm isolated region. The temple affords a bird's eye view of the green landscape around. It is believed by the local people that there is a lone crocodile living in the lake.

The shrine is encircled by a 'Chuttambalam' (an enclosed verandah running around the building), its walls are adorned by murals and there is a cave within that opens out to a small pond where the water level remains steady regardless of climatic changes.

Significance : Original Seat Of Anathapadmanabha

Attraction : Only Lake Temple In Kerala

Location :
30 km from Bekal, Kerala

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Laxmi Venkatesh Temple

 

The Sri Laxmi Venkatesh Temple at Hosdurg in Kanhangad was built December 1989.

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THE MAHAGANAPATHY TEMPLE AT MADHUR

The Mahaganapathy Temple at Madhur near Kasaragod is a well- known place of worship. This temple has some unique style of architecture

 

 

The Sri Kashi Muth near Chemgam, West Hill, Calicut, was established in 1983 through the efforts of the community in Calicut. The Muth conducts many religious functions.

THE CHULIYAR BHAGAVATHY TEMPLE, KANHANGAD

The Chuliyar Bhagavathy Temple here is a popular place of worship. ‘Thirayattu Utsavam’ of this temple acquires special significance because of the different types of Theyyam performances.

 

 

Sri Venkatramana Temple 
Railway Station Road 
Kasaragod 670121

The temple was initially built in 1772 as a temporary structure by the community members of Kasargod. A permanent structure was built in early 1799 when managements were made for permanent sevas at the temple. The management was left to the priests. Due to internal conflicts among priests, the community took over the management in 1858. But, due to theft of the diety and its property in 1897-98 the temple was closed. It was re-established and re-consecrated by HH Srimad Varadendra Thirtha Swamiji in 1905. The temple again got into difficulties due to fight amongst priests who claimed it as their property in 1913. The legal battle was waged upto 1930 when it was settled in favor of the community. Fresh Archaks were appointed in 1913. An annual Bhajana Saptaha was started in 1910. After a fire in 1921 part of the temple was renovated. In 1935 Sukratheendra Mandir was built along with a community kitchen. A temple tank was also completed. Venkatesha Mandir was built in 1946. In April 1952 it was decided to rectify the defects in the temple and re-consecrate  the five idols of the temple at the Holy hands of HH Srimad Sudheendra Thirtha Swamiji. The re-consecration took place on 29th March, 1954.

Sri Laxmi Venkatesh Temple 
Hosdurg 
Kanhangad 670315

Built a big Kalyan Mantap in the holy name of "Sri Sudhindra Kalyana Mantap" at a cost of Rs. 12 lakhs. One more building in the holy name of "Shri. Bhuvanendra Kala Mandir" costing about Rs.6.5 lakhs was under construction as of December 1989.


Sri Veera Vittala Temple 
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The temple is an ancient one and date of its original installation is not available. Sri Rama and Sri Veera Vittala are chief dieties worshipped here. While swayamwara Vittala moorthy is utsava moorthy.

The Pratista Vardanthi on Magha Shudha Shasti and Kartika Poornima are important festivals of the temple.


Sri Anantheshwara Temple 
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This is one of the oldest, most important among 18 temples belonging to our community. It has long history of more than 12 centuries and has been renovated from time to time. Other than the Udbha Va Linga of chief diety Sri Bhadra Narasimha Swami and Sri Subhramanya Swami are worshipped in the temple. The Shasti festival celebrated from Margarashira Prathipada to Sapthami is important festival celebrated here. The temple also runs schools and has a community hall and choultry for pilgrims.

 

20-km from Bekel and 8-km north-east of Kasargod. The temple is fronted by Madhuvahini (also called Dayaswini) river. The water of Madhuvahini has spiritual power, many believe.

A three-tiered dome, a cloistered court and copper sheet roof make the temple distinctive from other temples. There is Namaskara Mandapam (praying stage) the ceiling of which is carved, depicting some Ramayana scenes. The idols of Shiva and Vinayaka are placed in Mlukhamandapam (facing stage).There is 5-day long festival starting from April 13.