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Kannur or Cannanore as it was called by the British is a northern district of Kerala. It shares its boundaries with the Kasargod District of Kerala on the North and the Kozhikode District. The past and plenty of myths and legends have earned Kannur, capital of the ancient Vadakkan Kolathiri Kingdom, The name ‘ The Crown of Kerala”.

Cannanore. There is a belief that the name Kannur is originated from the name Kannan+ooru meaning the place of lord Krishna considering the Krishna tempe “ Kadalayi Sreekrishna temple”.  (kăn'ənōr', –nr') , town (1991 urban agglomeration pop. 463,962), Kerala state, SE India. Formerly the capital of the Kolattiri Raja, it traded with Arabia and Persia in the 12th and 13th cent. Vasco da Gama visited Kannur in 1498, and it became a Portuguese settlement. Control passed to the Dutch in the mid-17th cent., and the British captured the town in 1783. A military station and a district administrative center, it trades in coconut products, rice, pepper, timber products, dried fish, cotton fabrics, and tobacco, and has large textile mills.

Theyyam or Theyattam is an ancient and still popular ritual dance of Malabar viz North Kerala. It’s a unique combination of dance, music and also reflects the main features of a tribal culture. The Theyyam performance has an aura of divine splendour as its accompanied by rituals & other devotional hymns. Its indeed an unprecedented experience to watch this dance symbolising the ultimate power. Theyyam is generally performed in front of the village shrines. Performance of a particular deity according to its significance and hierarchy in the shrine continues for 12 to 24 hours in the intervals. There are a large number of temples in Kannur where Theyyam is performed.


The Theyyam perfromance can be observed from Oct to March at various Kavu (small temples) spread over the district. Watching theyyam in the midnights invoke the inner feelings of our mind



 Chandranellur Bhagavathi Temple


Chandranellur Bhagavathi Temple lies at Kalakattu Illam near Purakkunnu in Kannur. It is about 25 km from Payyannur

The story behind the temple tells that a Namboothiri from Kalakattu Illam reached the place known as Manathana. Blessed by Godeses Kali, he got a Soolam (a type of rod), Kannadi (Mirror) and Kiridam (Crown) as present. The crown was kept at the Illam, which turned as Chandranellur Bhagavati.

Mlliyottu palottu kavu aadam kovvil,Karippal Nagam, Vettakkorumakan Puliroopa kali temple are the major places of worship nearby. History of Chandranellur Bhagavathi: A Namboothiri from Kalakattu Illiam reached the place known as Manathana.  Kali appeared in front of him and presented ‘Soolam’. (a type of rod) ‘Kannadi’,  (Mirror) and ‘Kiridam’ (Crown).  Namboothiri deposited the ‘Kiridam’ at Kalakattu Illam, ‘Kannadi’ at Pilakkode Rayaramangalam temple and ‘Soolam’ at Mangattu Neeliyar Kottam.  The Crown which was deposited at Kalakattu Illam turned as Chandranellur Bhagavathi.

History of Kuttisasthappan:  In yester years, at a Namboothiri Illam when the generation was coming to an end, a couple conducted poojas.  Kuttisasthappan originated from the ‘Homakundam’ of this pooja

Buses ply on the Payyanur–Purakkunnu route.


Karippal Nagam,KARIPPAL 

The Karippal Nagam is situated at Karippal near Perumbadavu.  To reach Karippal, one has to travel 20 kms. from Pilathara (Pilathara near to Payyanur  on Payyanur-Kannur Road) by Perumbadavu Bus and from Perumbadavu one has to walk about one kilometer to reach the temple. 

The Theyyams performed here are 

1.      Nagarajavu

2.      Nagakanni 

The temple is managed by the local committee under the supervision of Karippal family. 

The theyyam festival is held in every year on ‘Ayillyam’ Asterisam of Malayalam month Dhanu.  Sarpabali at 8.00 pm and thottam for Nagarajavu at 12.00 pm followed by the thottam

Karippal Nagam is a temple dedicated to serpent. The temple is managed by the local committee under the supervision of Karippal family.

 During the festival, Sarpabali and Thottam are conducted as an offering to the deity. Devotees throng the temple in large numbers, during the festive seasons. Special bus services to the temple are available from from Payyannur and and Thaliparamba during this festival.

Chandranellur Bhagavathi temple,Malliyottu Palottukavu aadam kovil, Vettakkorumakakn Kshethram, Karivellur Madappally someswari temple and puliroopa kali are the major places of worship nearby.

Perumbadavu is 20 km from Pilathra on Payyanur-Kannur Road. From Perumbadavu, one has to walk about one km to reach the temple.


Karivellur Shiva Temple

Karivellur Shiva Temple is a temple located at Karivellur, a picturesque village located near near Payyanur  town in Kannur District. The temple is one of the oldest temples in Kerala and the presiding deity is Lord Shiva.  Koothu, a rare art form, is performed in this temple.

The nearby temples are Puthur Shiva Temple, Muchilottu Bhagavathi Temple, Kuniyan Parambathara Bhagavathy Temple, Kozhummal Sree Maha Vishnu Temple, Sree Vareekara Bhagavathy Kavu, Vaniyillam Someshwari Temple.Kozhummal Makeel Mundiyakavu, Peralam Bhagavathy Temple


 Kalakattu Illam,PERUMTHATTA

Kalakattu Illam is situated near Purakkunnu and is about 25 Kms. from Payyanur.  Can reach there from Payyanur by Payyanur-Porakkunnu Bus which are available frequently.

The Theyyams performed here are:

Bhairavan, Karivalamma, Rakthachamundi, Kakkara Bhagavathi, Uchitta, Karikutti Sasthappan, Sreebhootham, Pottan Theyyam, Oorpazhassi, Vettakkoru Makan, Kurathi, Gulikan, Vishnumoorthi and Chandranellur Bhagavathi

This temple is managed by Kalakattu Manakkil Thantri

The Theyyams are performed from 26th to 28th of Malayalam month Dhanu.

On 26th night, Bhairavan and Karivalamma Theyyam, 27th morning Rakthachamundi, Kakkara Bhagavathi, Uchitta, Karikkutti Sasthappan and at night Sreebhootham Theyyam are being performed.

On 28th morning, Pottan Theyyam, Oorpazhassi, Vettakkorumakan and at noon Kurathi, Gulikan Vishnumoorthi and Chandranellur Bhagavathi are being performed


Karivellur Madappally someswari Temple, KARIVELLUR

The Karivellur Madappally Someswari Temple is situated at Karivellur, (on the National Highway from Payyanur towards Kanhangad).  From Karivellur, one has to go little towards west to reach this temple.

The Theyyams performed here are:

Moovalam Kuzhichamundi, Chooliyar Bhagavathi, Vishnumoorthy, Padaveeran, Kundor Chamundi and Gulikan

This temple is managed by Padmasaliya community.

The festival is on the Malayalam month Dhanu 21st and 22nd.  On 21st evening, the ritual starts with the Padaveeran Vellattam followedby other Thottams. 

Next day morning, Kundor Chamundi, Vishnumoorthi, Chooliyar Bhagavathi and in the evening Gulikan, Moovalam Kuzhichamundi etc. will be performed. 

The Pooram festival of the Malayalam month Meenam is celebrated here in a grand manner.

The Goddess of this temple is Kuthirakkaliyamma.

History: It is said that when the Kottila Veetil Mootha Chettiyar went to attend the Pattulstavam of Shri Kandothidam Bhagavathi Temple at Payyanur, the Kandothidam Someswariyamma accompanied him in this traditional umbrella to Karivellur and later on accommodated at Madappally Temple. 



 Malliyottu palottukavu Aadam kovval, KUNHIMANGALAM

Malliyottu Palottukavu Aadaam Kovval is situated at Kunhimangalam which is 2 kms. from Ezhilode (on Payyanur-Kannur National Highway).

The Kavu is consiisted of Nalukettu, temples of different God and Goddess, Kailasakkallu, Kodimaram, Pattupura and a Devi Temple outside the Nalukettu.   It comprises of 5 acres of land.

The Theyyams performed here are:

Paalottu Daivam, Puliyoor Kali, Pullikkarimkali, Pulikandan, Rakthachamundi, Vishnumoorthi

Madayil Chamundi, Kundor Chamundi and Kunjaru Kurathiyamma

This temple is managed by Thiyya community.  The members of the governing body is known as ‘Malliyodan’.  Malliyodans are being elected from Malliyodu, Vadakkumbadu, Thalayi, Kathirummal.  The term of the elected members is one year.  Though other community are very well cooperating the festival, all the 4 Ooru (village) has different ‘Kazhcha’ Committees.

The poojari of Palayodu Daivam is Malliyodan whereas for other Gods, it is Anthithiriyan.

Vishu Festival: 1st to 5th of Malayalam month Medam. On first morning, Palottu Daivam will be performed.  Then ‘Vishukkani’.  At night Ezhunnallath will be performed with the idols.

On 2nd morning at about 9.00 am, Palottu Daivam will be performed.  Evening ‘Thodangal’ of Puli Daivam and Vellattam will be performed.  On the 3rd day which is the very important day, morning Karimbar Nair Theyyam then evening Thottam of Puli Theyyam, Vellattam and at night ‘Palamruthu’ Ezhunnallath will be performed.  During Ezhunnallath, Chamundi Theyyam will be performed.

On 4th Vishnumoorthi, Chamundi, Kurathi, Kundor Chamundi and Ivar Paradevatha will be performed.  Then Ucha Thottam, Vellattam, Anthithottam and at night Ezhunnallath.  During Ezhunnallath, Madayil Chamundi will be performed.

On 5th, the ending day, morning Ivar Moovar will be performed.  Vishnumoorthi, Rakthachamundi, Kurathi and Kundorchamundi will be performed before noon. Then Pullur Kali, Pullikkarimkali and Paluttu Daivam will be performed.  These Theyyams will be the main attraction during the Ezhunnallathu.  At night, Vishukkuli and Arattu will be performed.  At 11.00 pm with the event of Thenga Pottikkal, the festival will be ended.

Bharani Festival: 17th to 20th of Malayalam month Kumbham.  On 18th and 19th, Puthiya Bhagavathi will be performed.  On 19th night, Balikarmam will be performed.  Ezhunnallathu will be performed all the days of festival.

Pooram Festival:  Pooram festival is being celebrated every year from Karthika Asterism to Pooram Asterism in the Malayalam month of Meenam.  Poorakkali and Pooram Kuli are part of this festival.

History: During the time of Raja rule, it was known as Shri Kurumba Temple.  When the Malliyodan Namboothiri left this place, he authorised Shri Chemmaran Panicker to light the lamp at the temple everyday.  However, the Namboothiri never returned back.  With the order from Karaku Muttath Koyma, Chemmaran Panicker took over this temple adopting the tile as “Malliyodan”.

It is said that the Palottu Daivam is the incarnation of Mahavishnu to kill “Hayagreevan” an Asuran.  Rised at Azhikode, the Daivam visited at different places and lastly reached at Kunhimangalam.


Muchilottu Bhagawathy Temple, Kadannappally, Payyannur

This temple, 36 kms from Cannanore, is dedicated to Goddess  Bhagawathy. Its four-day annual festival is known as Kaliyattam. The highlight is the ritual dance presented by eight different theyyams accompanying the majestic Muchilottu Bhagawathy theyyam, on the third evening

Sree Subrahmanya Swami Temple of Payyanur  is believed to be constructed by Lord Parasurama, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.  There are references in Hindu Puranas about this temple and the temple town Payyanur. In Brahmanda Purana the temple and its town is being mentioned while Muni Garga explains about Kerala to the Pandavas during their exile (vanavasa).  

Subrahmanya Swami Temple is closely related with the Payyanur.  Even the name of the town is originated due to the existence of the temple.  This temple was destroyed two times. Once due to a fire and then during the attack of Tipu Sultan of Mysore The temple was reconstructed in the present form in Malayalam era 967 (AD 1792)

Deities:Apart from the main deity, Subrahmanya, there are other deities also being worshipped here. They are Lord Ganapathi, Bhootathar, Kanya Bhagavathi, Sasthavu and Parasurama.  Kshetrapalan and Vairajathan are also being worshipped.   There are many unique features about this temple in the rituals performed, the architecture etc.  First of all the 12ft tall compound wall constructed in a unique style is very rare kind in the temple architecture of Kara. The total area of this temple compound is above 3 acres. The two-storied sreekovil (sanctum sanctorum) is in the shape of “Gajaprishta”(back of an elephant). The 6-ft tall idol of the main deity Lord Subrahmanya is another attraction. In most of the kerala temples the festival begins with the hoisting of the sacred flag.  But here there is no such custom of "kodiyettam” (flag hoisting) and even the flag mast is not present here. The “Ilanji” tree in the front-yard of the temple remains a surprise to all devotees since this tree always flowers but never fruits.

People belonging to the "kshatriya" community are not allowed to enter into the inside of the temple. Entry to the 'naalambalam" is denied to the monks who wears saffron and the members of 'kalakattu' 'kattumadam','kalloor'etc who are believed to perform black magic,'antarjanams"(females of the brahmin community), the "mootha poduval" (who are traditional custodians of the temple) etc also.  


The "palliyunarthal"(the waking up of the deity by blowing the sacred bells and chanting hymns) is held at 3:30 in the early morning  The routine functions starts with the poojas at 4:00 am and by 12:00 noon the temple is getting closed.  Again at 5:00 in the evening it will be opened and around 9:00 PM get closed.  There are a total of 5 "poojas" and 3 "seevelees" held per day.  

Festivals: The major festival of this temple, the “Aradhana Mahotsavam” is celebrated from the 1st of Vrishchikam to 14th of the same month of the Malyalam Era. Aradhana Festival is considered as the festival of the whole Payyanur. The Aradhana festival of Payyanur temple marks the beginning of the festival season of Payyanur and neighboring places. The "tidampu ezhunnellathu"(procession of the deity) accompanied by the traditional musical instruments and other sacred formalities are the main ceremony of the festival.   A number of cultural events are also held along with the 14-day long Aradhana festival.

The " Kalabha Charthu" which is on the day of Atham in the month of Medam is celebrated as the "punaprathishta dinam" (the reinstallation day of the temple) Triputhari, the harvest festival is also one of the functions celebrated here. During triputhari, the newly harvested rice is cooked and offered to the deity. This festival  is a good example of communal harmony and co-existence.  The sugar used for the 'payasam'(the traditional pudding) is brought by a Muslim family of Payyanur.  When the date for the festival is decided, an official visits this family at keloth and informs them about it.  On the festival day a member from that family brings the sugar in a brand new pot to the temple. In return he will be given rice, coconut, bananas etc as a compliment from the temple.of Nagakanya.  The theyyams will be over by 9.00 am.



Puliroopakali Temple, Ramapuram, ERAMAM

To reach Puliroopa Kali Temple (Ramapuram Arekkal), from Payyanur, one has to travel Payyanur-Cherupuzha Road via Pilathara or Payyanur-Porakkunnu Road via Kankol.   It is about 20 Kms. from Payyanur.It consist of Two Sanctum Sanctorum, one Bhandarappura and Nadappura.

The Theyyams performed here are:

Karinthiri Nair,Kandappuli, Marappuli,Rakthachamundi, Vishnumoorthi, Kannikkoru Makan

Pulikandan, Puliyoor Kandan, Pullkkarinkali, Puliroopa Kali and Kalappuli.

This temple is managed by Thiyya community.

The Theyyams are performed from 11th to 15th of Malayalam month Medam.

On Medam 11th night at 11.00 pm, Vellattam for Karinthiri Nair, 12.00 O’clock Anthithottam, Vishnumoorthi and Rakthachamundi Thottam and Kandappuli, Marappuli Theyyam will be performed. 

On 12th morning at 8.00 am, Rakthachamundi, 9.00 am Vishnumoorthi will be performed.

On Medam 15th morning Anthithottam, Karinthiri Nair, Pulikandan, Puliyoor Kandan at 12.00 noon Rakthachamundi, Pullikkarinkali, Vishnumoorthi and Puliroopakkali will be performed.

Chingam Puthari, Pathamudayam and Natothi Adiyanthiram are being celebrated at this temple.

History: It is said that Pulikandan and Pulimaruthan went for hunting.  While coming back Pulimaruthan brought the hair of Puli (Tiger).  However, somebody doubted the hair brought is of actually of Puli. 

Next day, Pulimaruthan left for hunting and returned back by sitting on a Puli (Tiger).  Then he disappeared with the Puli.


Ramanthali Sankaranarayana  Temple

The temple is located a t Ramanthali, near Payyannur. The deity is Sankaranarayana. The idol is six-foot tall in Panchaloha. Such a tall idol of Sankaranarayana is seen only here.

The right side of the idol is Shiva and the left half-side is Vishnu as body-guards. There is a sub-deity. He is Bhoothananda. The sanctum sanctorum is in Gajaprishta form.

There is a 6-day long festival which starts on the 17th of Meenam (31st March) and ends on 22nd


Sree Vithobha temple

The presiding deity is Vithobha. In 2nd rank goddess Rukmai is also there. The concrete roofing of the sanctum sanctorum has been changed to copper sheet roofing in 1998.

The divine “Shami Vriksha Katte” is a great craze for devotees. The worship of this tree fulfils the wishes and remove obstacles encountered, the devotees testify. The Raksha Charadu (safety thread) worshipped at the feet of the Lord Vithoba and goddess Rukmai ensures solace and prosperity to the devotees who wear it.

Vaisakha Pournami festival, Ashada Ekadashi, Bhajana (recital of slogans of gods’ likings), Karthika Ekadashi Bhajana, Karthika Panchami, Uthana Dwadasi, Sree Varamahalaxmi Vritham (fast) are the festivals and major ceremonies conducted.


Vettakkorumakan Kshethram,  ALAPPADAMBA

The Vettakkorumakan Shetram is situated at Alappadamba, (on Mathil-Trikkaripur Road).  One has to go about one half kilometers towards east from Swami Mukku on Payyanur-Cheemeni Road to reach this temple.

The Theyyams performed here are:

1.      Oorpizhassi

2.      Vettakkorumakan

This temple is managed by Thaippalli Nair Family.

The festival is on the Malayalam month Medam 17th to 20th.  Vellattam for Oorpizhassi and Vettakkorumakan will be performed on Medam 17th 9.00 pm and 10.30 pm respectively.  On Medam 18th morning at 5.00 am Oorpizhassi and 7.00 am Vettakorumakan theyyams are performed.  This will be repeated on 19th and 20th.

Specialty: On Medam 17th night at 11.00 pm, Kolkali will be performed as an offering.

History: It is said that the Head of Thaipalli family went to pray at Payyanur Temple and while returning, visited Kandoth Edam Temple for offerings.  However, since a dog was died in the well of the temple, they did not accept his offerings and instructed to pay the offerings to the nearby Kottam.  The Head of Thaipalli family went to the nearby Kottam and made his offerings.  While he asked for the Prasadam for his offerings, the Poojari said that he did not give him any offering and the Head of Thaipalli family was humiliated.

  • The Head of Thaipalli family left in great sorrow by saying that everything is being watched by the God.  The Gods accompanied him and when he reached home, he observed that his umbrella started shaking and observed the presence of the Gods.  Since he alone could not construct a temple, he called other five families to construct the temple.


Vaniyillam someswari temple, Vaniyillam, \  KARIVELLUR

This temple is situated near Karivellur on Payyanur-Kanhangad National Highway.  From Karivellur Bus stop, one has to go about 1 km. towards West on Theru-Vaniyillam Road to reach this temple. 

The Theyyams performed here are:

Paradevatha, Kannikkoru Makan, Padaveeran, Vettakkoru Makan, Raktha Chamundi, Angakkulangara Bhagavathi, Kattumoorthy, Veeran Daivam, Mudanthema and Karimchamundi, 

This temple is managed by Thiyya community.

The festival is on the Malayalam month Medam from 21st to 24th.  On 21st evening, the ritual starts with the Thottam of Paradevatha, Padaveeran Vellattam, Vettakoru Makan Vellattam followed by Kannikkoru Makan Theyyam and Kali Theyyam. 

The next day morning, Rakthachamundi, Angakkulangara Bhavathi, Paradevatha, Vettakkoru Makan, Kattumoorthy, Veeran Daivam and Mudanthema will be performed.

Pattultsavam will be held in this temple from Thiruvonam Asterism to Uthruttathi Asterism of Malayalam month Dhanu.

Speciality of this Temple:  This temple is enclosed with “chuttumathil” and the Devi idol is erected on the wooden stand which is made of 5 metals. Also it has separate ‘Ara’ for Vettakkoru Makan.

History: It is said that when the Paliyeri Nalppadi went to pray at the Kandothidam Someswari Temple at Kandangali near Payyanur, while returning, Someswari came with him through his traditional umbrella and Karimchamudi accompanied her as protector.



 Kanhiranagad Vaidyanatha Temple

Here Lord Siva is being worshipped as Vaidya Natha, (Curer of all diseases). Thousands of  devotees visit this temple for getting rid of their uncured diseases. Consumption "Ksheera Dhara" peroformed on Vaidya Natha is a panacea for all diseases.

The temple is located at Kanhirangad, 6-km from Thaliprambu, on a hill top. The main deity is Shiva, facing east. Here the deity is self-incarnated and as the name (Vaidyanatha) implies, the deity is a celebrated Ayurveda physician. Bhagawathy, Ayyappan and Ganapathy are sub-deities.

This temple is dedicated to Lord Siva in his Vaidyanatha (The physician Lord) form. People pray and do offerings in this temple for relief from their ailments.This very place was once the abode of Karaskarasura the son of Bhasmasura. Once, sage Parasurama was passing through this forest of Kanhiram where Karaskarasura was hiding.Karaskarasura had an encounter with Parasurama and he was killed in the battle.Parasurama found out a brilliant Sivalinga in side a fountain there, and asked Narada who appeared before him at that hour, about the origin of that Siva lingam. Narada narravited that when the Sun God had contracted Leprosy, he approached Lord Siva for cure and Siva offered a sivalinga, which he had secured while churning the Paalazhi and was being worshipped by him. He asked Adithya to take it and install it in a holy place and pray before it, for immediate cure of his illness. Adithya obliged and got complete cure of the decease. The very same idol worshipped by both Lord Siva and Adithya is seen now inside the sanctum sanctorum of this temple. Thiruvathira and 18th of "Dhanu" are important festivals of the temple. Women folk gather in huge numbers on these days to worship the Lord. Lord Rajarajeswara is believed to bless Kanjirangad temple by his holy presence on these days. All sundays are important for darshan in this temple, but Sundays falling on the 6th of the Malayalam month are considered more auspicious for worship. It is believed that the temple tank has three wells full of herbs and a dip in the holy tank would cure of all the diseases.The drinking water served in side the temple should not be boiled as it may lose its herbal properties. There is a "Kanhiram" tree in front of the temple whose leaves are not bitter. It is believed that, Kunthi, mother queen of Pandavas of the epic Mahabharatha heard the news of victory of her children in the great Bharatha yudha sitting under this tree and she blessed the tree. Two Teyyam deities are also performed in this temple. Ullattil Bhagavathi and Ktakulangara Bhagavathi. These theyyams are believed to be the watch and ward staff of Sri Kanhirangattappan. Ullattil Bhagavathi performing her duty while always on move and the other Bhagavathi always sitting stable in her seat.

On Thiruvathira Nakshathram of Dhanu, large number of women devotees visit the temple.

Ashta Vaidyans never visit Taliparamb to attend to any patient. It is because of the presence VaidyaNatha.

Skin and eye diseases get cured here by offering Bhajan (singing of god-praising poems).

The main offerings are Ksheeradhara (pouring of milk on the idol) and Jaladhara (pouring of water on the idol).

Shivarathri is the main festival which is in the month of Kumbam (February/March). There is Aaru Nhayar (six Sunday) ceremony here. If the 6th day of any Malayalam month is on Sunday it is called Aaru Nhayar (six Sunday) and is considered auspicious. Thiruvathira is also celebrated on a large scale

Brahmin ladies are not allowed to enter the temple.

Mazhoor Dharmikulngara Temple

This Temple is about 5 KM east of Taliparamba . Diety here is Balarama, brother of  Sree Krishna. Every year Balarama visits his brother at Trichambaram temple. Then they proceed to Pookkothu Nada. There they dance  together and blesses thousands of devotees who attend the festival. 

During these 14 days no pujas are performed at Darmikulangara. On the 14th day elder brother Balarama, return to Mazhoor.

Previously the temple was owned by Mazhoor Puthukkudi Mana and it was handed over to Trichambaram Temple Committee

 The temple is now managed by Trichambaram Temple Committee. The main deity in the temple is Balram,  brother of Sree Krishna.  Legends have it that, every year Balram visits Sree Krishna at Trichambaram temple and they walk together to Pookkothu Nada. At the Pookkothu Nada they rejoice, dancing and blessing thousands of devotees who attend the festival. Only after the arrival of Balram on the 14th day, regular pujas are offered to the deity.

At Kannur is the nearest railway station,and bus station. Calicut Airport is the closest airport.

Taliparamba Rajarajeswara temple (Siva Temple), 23-km away from Kannur town, This shrine is situated at Thaliparambu

on NH 17. The deity is Shiva. Sri Rajarajeswari Temple is only one of its kind with big Shiva Lingam . This is the only temple where Brahmins do not prostrate on the Namaskara manmdapam as it is believed that the manmdapam was used by Lord Sri Rama on his return from Lanka. Offering of Ghee is main Vazhipad. Which isdone for fulfillment all desires.

In no other temples in Kerala Shiva is known as Rajarajeswara. The deity Shiva here in the form of Jyothirlingam is three time more powerful in divinity than any other Shiva temples. The legend for this extra ordinary phenomenon is of interesting read.

While the Sage Parasuraman who is the incarnation of Vishnu visited the shrine it was in bad shape. The pained Sage researched on the cause. At this stage Sage Narada appeared and explained the core reason for the pathetic condition of the temple. Sage Sankara and his company were churning the disk of the Sun so as to minimize the impact of heat. The dust formed from grinding was mixed with Amrith, the divine nectar for immortality. From the mix they shaped up three shining Shivalingams (Jyothirlingams) and presented them to Lord Brahma. After a long while, Brahma entrusted the same to Parvathi, the wife of Shiva. Parvathi, in turn, gave them to three Kings, one for each. Out of the three kings, Maandatha was of Thretha Yugam, while the other two Muchukundan and Shathasoman were of Dwapara Yugam. Thretha Yugam and Dwapara Yugam are of two different ancient periods according to Hindu mythology.

The idols were given by Parvathi on a specific condition that they should not be installed at places where no death of any lived object has taken place nor the body of any dead object has fallen.

The long search landed Maandatha at a small obscure place where a Thalika (a metal dish-plate) can be accommodated. Maandatha put the Shivalingam in a plate and installed. The place thereafter came to be known as Thaliparambu. The idol, after some time, disappeared and the place became vacant. The place however became shining and divine.

The King Muchkundan who was in search of a place befitting to the nomenclature prescribed by Parvathi landed at the spot, after failing to locate a place, where Maandatha had installed the Jyothirlingam and installed the Jyothirlingam in his custody at the spot. This too vanished after some time. But the place became doubly shining and doubly divine.

The third King Shathasoman who received the third Jyothirlingam from Parvathi also landed at the very spot where two installations were done in search of a suitable spot fitting to the module prescribed by Parvathi. He too selected the very spot as he could not locate any other place and installed the idol in his custody. This idol started sinking into the earth. The perturbed King immediately started praying to Sage Agasthya. Responding to the prayers, the Sage appeared and the King narrated the event. The Sage lighted a ghee-lamp and prostrated 12 times before the idol and half-way on the 13th prostration the idol stood firm on the ground. The sacred spot thus became three-fold divine and there-fold shining. The devotees started pouring in.

Sage Narada narrated the event to Sage Parasurama who constructed a temple there.

Sage Agasthya appeared in the temple premises and made Abhishekam (ceremonial washing) on the idol. The Sage also lighted a ghee-lamp which flares non-stop all these years. The ghee required for the lamp gets as offering from the devotees.

The sanctum sanctorum is two-tiered and shaped rectangular. It has four doors, one at each side. Parvathi is seated on the west side of the sanctum sanctorum. The door of Parvathi’s shrine is kept closed always.

Before visiting Rajarajeswara temple a devotee is required to visit and worship Lord Krishna inVasudevapuram temple. This temple is located on the southern bank of the big temple pond of Rajarajeswara temple. This is a custom and tradition. Again, before worshipping Rajarajeswara a devotee is required to worship Sree Bhoothanatha (Kumbodharan) at his shrine.

Rajarajeswara and the deities of Trichambaram (Lord Krishna) and Kanhirangad (Sree Vaidyanatha) are inter-connected and administered by a single authority, Thaliparambu-Trichambaram-Kanhirangad Devasom.


20 kms from Kannur, near Taliparamba town on the national highway is a scared place of the Vaishanava cult, the deity of the temple is Sree Krishna. The annual temple festival, usually held in March, is a colorful event. Trichambaram temple dedicated to Sree Krishna is located at the Taliparamba village, about 14 kilometer from Pappinisserry railway station. The annual festival at this temple lasts  for 14 days from 22nd Kumbaham (February-March). This ancient temple which interests archeologists and the layman alike is situated at Thrichambaram 2 km from Thaliparamba. It is believed that the deity has been installed by Lord Parasurama.

It is this jubilant Krishna after the killing of Kamsa that is depicted in all its splendour at Trichambaram.

It is about two-km. Northeast of the Taliparamba Siva Temple.  Devotees, especially those coming from outside, generally visit this temple also after worshipping Rajarajeswara at Taliparamba. This incidentally shows that even in the old days people in Kerala did not differentiate between Siva and Vishnu and they worshipped both deities with the same fervor.

According to legend, the place was once a big forest called Sambaravanam or Sambara forest.  There was one Sambara Maharshi here, who by practising tapas for several years and propitiating Mahavishnu attained onneness with the God. Henceforth people felt the divine presence here and their devotion and faith gradually gave shape

 Cherukunnu Anna Poorneswari Temple
   Famous for its Anna Poorneswari Temple, the weeklong annual festival falls in April. There is a Kathakali Panchavadya school called Ashtikalaya near the temple 

The Annapurneswari temple, at Cherukunnu near Thaliparambu is believed to have been constructed by Parasurama, the warrior sage who, the legend says created Kerala from the seas by throwing his battle axe. According to tradition, Annapurneswari of Kasi (Banaras) came to Cherukunnu in a ship with three maid servants and a number of their followers

KADALAYI Sri Krishna Temple

This temple dedicated to Lord Krishna is located at Kadalayi about 6 km from Kannur. An eight day annual festival is celebrated here. Traditional art performances like the Kathakali the Ottamthullal, etc., come alive during the festival.

Sundareswara Temple, Talap

This temple was founded in 1916 by Sree Narayana Guru ,Located 2 K,M away from the Kannur town. Lord Siva is the deity consecrated in the temple which has since been opened to all irrespective of caste or creed. Eight -day festival is conducted in March- April every year. Apart from a linga (the symbolic phallus representing Lord Shiva), the temple also has idols of Lord Ganesha (God of Wisdom and Prosperity) and Subramonia.The annual temple fair that lasts seven days is held in the month of Meenam (March-April).

Palottukavu     Temple,  Vishuvilakkutsavam

Venue:   Palottukavu     Temple, Azhikode, Kannur district, North Kerala.

Vishuvilakkutsavam    , the eight day annual festival at Palotukavu Temple, falls in the Malayalam month of Medam (April/May

Grand   Theyyam     performances are staged every morning and evening of the festival. On the concluding night, an array of awe inspiring   Theyyams     like   Daivathareeswaran, Kurathi, Kundora Chamundy, Nellorthy, Pothy, Angakaram, Oorvasi, Vettakkorumakan     etc., are presented till daybreak.

Located at a panoramic site, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as Matsya (fish).

Getting there:
Azhikode is about 6 km from Kannur town.

Nearest railway station: Kannur, an important railhead of the Southern Railways.

Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode, about 93 km from Kannur

Kalarivathukkal Sri Bhagavathy Temple

Located at Chirakkal about 6 km from Kannur this temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali the Goddess of ‘Bravery’. The Magnificent Theyyam Of Kalarivathukkal Bhagavathi, A Powerful Deity In This Ancient Temple Worshipped With Awe And Fear By Everyone. This Festival Is Conducted Only Once In A Year With All Its glory . This is  one of the  most famous Bhadrakali temples in North kerala and is situated 6 kms  from Cannanore. The important ceremonies held here are the Kalamezhuthupattu (holy design making and song) and the Theyyam festival known as Kaliyattam..

Chirakkal Palace is a main attraction nearby. By road, there are frequent buses running from Kannur through this route.

 The theyyam artistes, spending restful days during the monsoon months, will now be busy performing different forms of the art, a ritualistic dance form representing various gods and goddesses of Hindu mythology, to satisfy the "spiritual aspirations" of the local people.

The festival begins on the 10th day of the Malayalam month 'Thulaam' and concludes by mid of 'Edavam' (June first week) at the nearby Kalarivathukkal Bhagavati Temple

Kanathurkavu Temple,

 Kanathurkavu Temple, an ancient shrine, is located in Kannur Goddess Mahadevi and Lord Rama are the presiding deities. An annual festival is held here in April. People throng here to witness Theyyam on this occasion


This temple is an an ancient Temple of centuries old. It is one among the Maha Siva Temple of Kerala, which is established by Khara Maharshi (A Sage who destroys sins) The Trustee of the Temple is Chirakkal Kovilakam. Ever since the Privy Purse was abolished by the Govt. the Temple is not being properly cared by the Chirakkal Kovilakam Raja Family. The Temple situates on a pleasant beautiful hilly area 20 km East of Kannur town, Kerala and 100km from Calicut airport. When the Mahasiva Temple was properly managed and daily Poojas conducted. The people in the remote village were healthy both physically and mentally, well educated and well placed. Now situation is quite contrary. Hindu communities though large in number are financially poor. The local people believe they all have one suffering or other as the Temple activities are not properly conducted.

The Mahasiva Temple with tiled roof extending to campus area of 7000 sq.m is at present in a dilapidated condition. The SRIKOVIL is 2 Meters above Chuttambalam and Chuttambalam is 4 meters above the ground level, and the Temple campus is on hill valley. The Holy Pond 50 meters below the ground level is to be put in to use. Due to lack of facility people are not able to worship in the Temple. Seven days yearly festival and two time daily Pooja (Method of Worship) are being conducted presently. A well wisher born and brought up in this remote village presently residing in Singapore, formed a Committee named “KUTTIATTOOR SIVAKSHETHRA SAMRAKSHANA SAMITHI” (Temple maintenance Committee), has recently decided to renovate the Temple and redevelop its premises, keeping in mind the present day necessities. A Three Year plan is put up in this connection. The trustee and Hindu Religious Department, Govt. of Kerala is not in a position to help in this matter. The well wisher look after the day to day Pooja’s and festivals for the past seven years.


Madayi Para (Sacred Town)
28 kms from Kannur, the Madayi Kavu Temple, the Vadukunnu Temple


 Mavilakavu Temple
The ancient Mavilakavu Temple is located at a distance of 5 miles from Kannur. A five-day festival held in the month of Medam (April-May) attracts many visitors because of the interest generated by the customs and rites associated with it. One particularly interesting feature is the Ati or Thallu performance wherein there is a free exchange of blows between different parties who gather at paddy fields outside the temple for the purpose.



Parassini Sri Muthappan

Venue:   Parassini Madappura, Parassinikkadavu, about 16 km from Kannur town, Kannur district, North Kerala.

This famous shrine located on the banks of the valapattanam   or Beliapattanam     river has Lord   Muthappan    , supposed to be a manifestation of Lord Siva in the guise of a   Kiratha     (hunter) as its presiding deity.Offerings and rituals here are unique. Toddy (an alcoholic drink extracted from coconut palm) is the main offering to the deity. This is the only temple in Kerala where   Theyyam     is performed round the year as a ritual. Devotees believe that the priest of this temple acquires divine powers while he performs the role of   Muthappan theyyam     (one among different   theyyams    ) every morning and evening.  District Tourism Promotion Council provides pleasure boating in the river near the temple.
is the only temple in Kerala where Theyyam, the ritual dance form of North Kerala is performed daily. The temple's non-conformist nature is also evident in the musical custom of offering dried fish and toddy to the deity. There is also a Kathakali club in the temple that arranges shows on request. The performances begins after 6.00 p.m. and lasts for 2 1/2 hrs. Also near the temple is the Parassinikadavu snake

The presiding deity of this popular temple is Muthappan, the reincarnation of Lord Shiva. This is the only temple in the state where Theyyam, the ritual dance form of Kerala, is performed daily. Another distinguishing feature of the temple is its unusual ritual of offering fish and toddy to the deity. Kathakali is also performed at the temple by the Kathakali Club on request.

Getting there:      
Nearest railway station : Kannur town, about  16 km from Kannur town.
Nearest airport : Karipur International Airport,Kozhikode about 93 km.

 Peralassery Subramania Temple

Situated at Peralassery. This temple carries historic importance. The legand is that Rama and Laxmana on thier way to Srilanka halted at this temple and sought the blessings of the deity to resuce Sita from the captivity of Ravana.

Bronze and copper idols of snakes spotted everywhere in the temple. A beautiful stepped up tank is under renovation.

Located 14-km from Kannur down the NH 17.


Sri Kalathil Kavu

Sri Kalathil Kavu, a well-known kavu (small temple) in Kerala, is situated at Alavil in Kannur District

The profound history of this temple dates back to around 500 years. Many deities are worshipped here. Sasthappan, Bhairavan, Elaiyidath Bhagavathy, Gulikan, Guru, Puraveeran and Padaveeran are popular among them.

Alavil is around 4 km from Kannur town

The Sasta Temple at Chalat is also a very ancient temple. The temple fair, held in the month of Thulam (October - November) attracts thousands of visitors.
Near the temple is a mosque called the Chalat Sheik Palli. Animals are not killed in the mosque out of respect for the Hindus. The Old Juma Masjid is another important mosque in the town. St. John's Church is one of the well-known churches in the area.


Thayyil Sree venkataramana temple

The temple is located at Thayyil. The deity is Venkataramana. Goddess Mahamaya is also present here in a separate shrine.

Prior to the temple took its shape, there was a Mutt known as Venkatesh Bhat’s Mutt. The Mutt was established in 17th century by Venkatesh Bhat who had migrated from Mangalore.

The temple belongs to Gauda Saraswat Brahmin community. The temple has supreme divinity The Darshan (praying and seeing) during Navarathri days is considered more beneficial.

Santhanalabha (child to childless), invisible hand of help for all those who require it , success in wedlock, success in business and profession are some among many benefits showered by the divine power.

Many festivals celebrated. New Year Day is a festival day. During this day Samudra Pooja (rituals to sea) is conducted on the beach near the temple as a respect for nature. Several coconuts offered to the sea to usher prosperity to the mankind during this day.

The New Year Day also marks the beginning of 45-day special Pooja (a ritual). During these days the idol is brought out to the Vasatha Mandap (stage) for Pooja. At this time the idol is kept in a cradle. This 45-day Pooja festival is called Palla Pooja (cradle ritual).

Navarathri festival, which is the main festival, follows. Each day has specific rituals and programmes are held. 9th day is earmarked for Deviroopa (drawing the portrayal of goddess with multi-colour powder), employing ancient techniques. The divine palanquin is taken out to the sea-shore in grand colourful procession accompanied by drum-beats and percussion musics as conclusion of the festival.


Another important temple in the nearby Edakkad is the Urpazhachivaku. The temple has beautiful woodcarvings on the Ramayana and Krishnaleela. Ramayana is an ancient Hindu epic and Krishnaleela depicts the playful antics of Lord Krishna (8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Preserver).The presiding deity of the temple is Shankaranarayana, but there are idols of other deities like Bhagavathi and Vettakorumakan as well.
The temple fair is held annually for seven days in the month of Kumbham (February-March) in Kerala. Another interesting practice in this temple is the daily ceremonial dancing called Vellattam
the daily ceremonial dancing




Andaloor Kavu

Andaloor Kavu is situated in Dharmadam island inside Thalassery  thaluk.Kannur district. here. Andaloor is well known for its ancient art form known asTheyyam. This is the only temple which have Sree Hanuman, Sree Raman & Sithadevi sitting face to face. Daivathar, Angakaran, Bappooran, Bali, Sugreeva, Sitha &  sons Roopakkali, and Nagakanni are some of the visually beautiful Theyyams at Andaloor kaavu. This is a good place for the real Arya Dravida mixed culture.


Arathil Bhagavathi Temple

Arathil Bhagavathi Temple is near Kayalod at Pinarayi in Kannur district of Kerala.The presiding deity of the temple is Arathil Bhagavathi. Separate abodes are built for Pazhassi Devi, Kakkra Bhagavathi, Kelan Kulangara Bhagavathi, Shree Sasthappan (another name for Ayyappan), Gulikan and Vishnumoorthy in the temple complex. The temple is managed by Arathil Kandoth family. The annual Thira festival is celebrated with gaiety and fanfare by the devotees.

This religious shrine is 20 km from from Kannur  and 15 km from Thalassery.The nearest bus and Railway station are at Thalassery. Calicut airport is the closest airport.


Jagannatha Temple   
Venue:   Jagannatha Temple at Madathilparambu, about 3 km from Thalasserry town, Kannur, North Kerala.

The eight day annual utsavam is the most important festival of the Jagannatha temple. On the seventh day of the festivities thousands of devotees assemble here for the spectacular pageant of seven colourfully caparisoned elephants. Religious conferences, participated by eminent scholars and social leaders, are held in the temple premises on all days of the festival.

Firework displays and cultural programmes are the other highlights of the grand utsavam   celebrations. Lord Jagannatha ( Siva) is the presiding deity of the temple. The idol here was installed by the great social reformer of Kerala, Sree Narayana Guru, on 13th February 1908. The temple also houses a statue of the Guru. The shrine is also noted for conducting intercaste marriages.
It is situated on a raised ground in the midst of paddy fields and was built by raising funds from the rich and the poor alike.

The scheduled caste and tribe men were admitted to this temple in 1924. Pooja is performed here by non-Brahmins, according to ancient Hindu rites. Marriage including inter-caste marriages are conducted inside the temple. Annual festival falls in Kumbham (February - March).
Getting there
Thalassery is about 20 km south of Kannur town.

Nearest railway station: Thalassery about 3 km.

Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode, about 93 km away

Melur Edathil Sree Maha Devi temple

Melur Edathil Sree MahaDevi temple is located in Melur Village, at Dharmadam amsam of Thalassery Thaluk, Kannur District and it is 7 km from Thalassery and 20 Km from kannur district. Here the main Idol of worship are Sree Maha Lakshmi,  Kuttichathan, Gulikan and Naga Devatha. Melur Edathil Sree Mahadevi temple is a soul relieving center for those who are best on their devotion. Every Year there will be festival to commemorate the “Prathista Day” between March and April and the festival begins with the enlightening of temple’ Main lamp by the Poojari .

Poojas: Mangali pooja, Vigneswarea pooja, Saraswathi Pooja, Santhana Gopala pooja, Devi pooja and Aiswariya pooja are the main poojas held in this temple. Visit the webpage  

 Sree Ramaswamy Temple THALASSERY
23 kms from Kannur, the temple dedicated to Sri Rama is one of the most prominent temples in Malabar. The exquisite carvings in the temple are nearly 400 years ago.

The Thiruvanagad temple, dedicated to Sri Rama is an important temple. The temple is generally known as the Brass Pagoda from the copper sheeting on its roof. A part of the temple was damaged by Tipu Sultan (ruler of Mysore in the latter part of the 18th century), but the temple itself is believed to have been saved from destruction by a miracle. The temple interestingly, was one of the outposts of the Thalassery fort in the eighteenth century. Many political treaties and agreements were signed at the precincts of this temple between the officials of the East India Company and local rajas. The temple contains some interesting sculptures and lithic records. The annual festival of the temple commences on Vishu day in Medam (April ) and lasts for seven days.



Surya Narayana Temple

At Kadiroor. 5-km from Thalassery. A 13th century origin. The idol is believed to have been consecrated by Lord Rama en-route to Srilanka. He was on Sita’s rescue assignment. For years together the temple remained unattended. Later, on orders from T H Baber prayers were held here to invoke help for the marching army to annex Coorg. The battle won, Baber helped renovate the temple damaged by Tipu Sultan.

 Sree Lakshmi Narasimha Temple is an important piligrim centre for GS Brahmins in the Northern parts of Kerala, and is located in the heart of Tellicherry town, in the Kannur district of Kerala. The Temple is less than half a kilometre from both the Railway station and the Bus stand. The temple and prathista faces North which is a unique feature. The temple was established in 1831 A.D.
The temple complex consists of an outer prakara or quadrangle which includes the shrines of Sri Hanuman, Sri Ganapathy, Sri Lakshmi and Sree Vittoba Rukmini. It also contains the Copper clad Dwaja. At the center of the inner prakara is the Garbagriha or Sreekovil which houses the deities.

The main deity of the temple is Lord Sri Lakshmi Narasimha

On the three tiered Simhasana according to Bahu Vera Vidhana, in the Garbhagriha are  installed the following deities:

  • On the top most level in the centre is Lord Sri Lakshmi Narasimha, flanked by Sri Pattabhi Narasimha and Veera Vittala on either side.
  • On the second tier are Lord Kodanda Rama along with Sri Lakshmana and Sita Devi, on either side of this group are Lord Hayagriva, Lord Varadaraja with his consorts and Gopalkrishna.

On the lower most tier are Lord Venkataramana along with his Divine consorts Sri Devi and Bhoomidevi. On either side of this group are Hanuman and Garuda. The idol of Lord Venkataramana is used as the Utsava moorthy. The saligrama and Naga devatas are installed on a separate Peetha below the main Simhasana. The Narasimha form is in Soumya form. Many visit this temple to pray to Lord Sri Lakshmi Narasimha for his grace for curing diseases.

In the outer prakara on the north-east corner Sri Hanuman (sila vigraha) is installed facing west, and on the western side facing north is Sri Lakshmi Devi (sila vigraha and panchaloha vigraha). The shrines of Ganapathy and Vitobha Rukmini are outside the srikovoil along the nalambalam

To south of the temple complex is situated the sacred temple tank. The Aswatha Katte is situated near this tank. The Siva prathista near the Aswatha Katte was done on 3-10-2002. This is a temple of festivals. There is hardly a month without at least one festival. The temple follows the Lunar Calander of the Saka Era. Starting with the New-year day in Chaitra-Ugadi, the main festivals are :
Ugadi-new-year, Sri Rama Navami, Sri Hanuman Jayanti, Akshya Thritiya, Pratishta Panchami in Vaishaka, Sri Narasimha Jayanthi, Vaishaka Pournami, Vata Savitri Vrita in Jyesta , Ashada Ekadasi, Naga Panchami, Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Sravan Poornima, Vinayaka Chaturthi in Bhadrapada, Anantha Chatirdasi, Navarathri festival(9 days) during the month of Aswija, Deepavali the festival of lights, Karthika pournima festival starting on Karthika, Sudha Ekadasi are some of them. Karthika Pournami festival marks both the end of the Chaturmasya vritha and the Karthika Masa vrita. In the month of Margasira Champa (Manjeswar) Shasti festival is celebrated. In the month of Magha (January-February) comes the main festival of the temple - The Annual Brahma Rathotsava- starting on Magha sudha Tritheeya with the hoisting of the temple flag on the Dwaja, the Rathotsava is on the sapthami day (coinciding with the famous car festival at Sri Venkataramana Temple at Mangalore). On this day the lord graces the Ratha decorated with all the fruits, vegitables and flowers of the season. On the next day the Avabritha snana is performed in the sacred tank of the temple and the flag is lowered from the dwaja. In the last month of the lunar calender, namely Phalguna, comes Kamadahana and Holi.



Some of the temples at MAHE

Ayyappankavu, Chembra

Ayyappankavu, Pandakkal

Cheriyath Mandole, Mahe

Koyyodan Koroth, Palloor

Keezhandoor Temple, Chalakkara

Manikkampoyil Temple

Puthalam, Mahe

The Puthalam festival takes place in the 1st fortnight of every March.  It is during this period of festival that the Theyyam gets enacted                                                                                         

Theyyattam or Thirayattam is the most famous ritual art of North Kerala which is a combination of art craft, choreography, painting, dancing, acting and singing. Puthalam is famous for its ancient temple and kuttichathan, the God, another incarnation of Vishnu.


Puthanambalam (Ayyappa)Irattappilakkool

Sree Venugopalalayam, station Road

Sree Hareeswara Temple, Mundock

Sree Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple

Sree Ayya temple, Koyyoottu Theru

Sree Krishna temple, Choodikotta

Vettakkoru Makan Temple




There is a famous Siva Temple here, on the banks of the River Bavali. During the month of May or June, lakhs of devotees attend the annual festival that lasts for 27 days. Kottiyur.

   The most important pilgrim centre in this district is Kottiyur, otherwise known as the 'Varanasi of the South".

   There are two temples at Kottiyur, viz., Akkara Kottiyur, lying in the deep forests.The annual festival commences with Neyyattam on the swati day in Edavam (May-June) and ends with Thirukalasattu, after 28 days.

   A sword from the Muthirikavu, Tavinal village, is brought to Ikkara Kottiyur and this marks the beginning of the festival. It is believed that this sword is the one with which Daksha is believed to have been hacked to death and it is an object of daily workship of Muthirikavu. This festival is akin to the yaga performed by Daksha.

   The special ceremonies connected with the festival are Neyyattam and Elaneerattam, literally meaning the pouring of ghee and water of tender coconut respectively


Thodikalam Temple

34 kms Southeast of Kannur, located 2 kms from Kannavam on the Thalasseri-Mananthavady road, in the Kannur district of North Kerala. this temple is famous for its mural paintings. It s believed to have been constructed with the Pazhassi Raja family of Kottayam. Thodikkulam Temple Kannur

The Shiva temple at Kannur is also known for its mural paintings. These mural paintings have been attracting a large number of art lovers from all over the world. At the temple, there are nearly 150 mural paintings, on an area of 700 sq ft. drawn on the four walls of the sanctum sanctorum. The Thodikkulam Shiva Temple, believed to have been constructed 2000 years ago, has its sanctum sanctorum constructed in two-storeys and is rectangular in shape.

Based on Shaivic and Vaishnavic (myths related to Lord Siva and Lord Vishnu respectively) themes, the mural paintings portray the rural life from the 16th to 18th centuries. These are depicted along with scenes like Rugmini Swayamvaram (Vaishnavic) and Ravana vadham from the epics. These murals reveal the skill and perfection of the artistes of that period. In these times mural painting followed certain standards in the choice of color, proportions, methods etc. It is interesting to note that only natural pigments were used in the making of murals. The commonly used colors in the murals of Kerala are saffron-red, green, red, saffron-yellow, blue, white, black, yellow and golden yellow.