Kunnathurpadi, invoking of Sri Muthappan (malayirakkal) is from Puralimala whereas at Puralimala, it is from Kunnathurpadi. In all other madappuras, this is done from Kunnathurpadi. On the first day of the festival, four theyyams appear at Padi Puthiya Sri Muthappan, Puramkala Sri Muthappan, Naduvazhissan Daivam and Thiruvappana. One special thing at Padi is that Thiruvappana and Vellattam do not appear simultaneously as in many other Muthappan Temples. Here Thiruvappana is performed at night
Kunnathur Padi, the Aroodam of Sri Muthappan in located near Srikandapuram in Payyavur Village of Taliparamba taluk in Kannur District. Kunnathurpadi festival which starts in Malayalam month of Dhanu 2nd and ends in Makaram 2nd. There are no temples for Muthappan in Kunnathur padi. This area is beautiful with its greenery and is 3000 feet above sea level atop Udumbamala of Sahyadri Mountains.
There is an open place and a cave in the middle of the forest. During the festival season, a temporary madappura is erected here, which is called Sreekovil. On the west side of this madappura, there is a stone, a rock stand and a mud platform. On each side of the cave there is a palm tree. On the north side, there is a spring called Thiruvankadavu. Beyond that is Aadipadi. Thanthries do the purifying rituals (Sudhi, Pasudanam, Punyaham, Ganapati homam and Bhagavathiseva).
Puralimala, the second abode of Lord Muthappan, is a high and beautiful hill which was once the capital of Harischandra Perumal, who built there a fort named Harischandra Kotta.When Muthappan reached there the hill was covered by thick forest and many ascetics did Thapas there. Here, it is said, that Muthappan met his partner, Cheria Muthappan or Vellattam for the first time. The junior Muthappan or Vellattom, according to the local belief, was an ascetic who had been doing Thapas at Puralimala to propitiate Lord Siva. The Lord granted his prayer and raised him to divinity by giving a place next to this son, Muthappan. At Puralimala when Muthappan met him they recognized each other.
Sree Muthappan Kathakali Yogam
SREEMUTHAPPAN always encourages art and culture. It is only here that we can see the folk art of THEYYAM dance performed every day. The temple gives encouragement to different forms of folk art. Earlier there was Muthappan Nadakayogam that performed various plays based on Ramayana and Mahabharatha .After the drama troop, a KATHAKALI troop was formed. Now SREEMUTHAPPAN KATHAKALIYOGAM is one of the leading Kathakali troops in Kerala. .To train youngsters in the art, a school for KATHAKALI have been started. Students from many part of the state are given free coaching, free meals and free accommodation.
Theyyam or Theyattam is an ancient and still popular ritual dance of Malabar viz North Kerala. It‚Äôs a unique combination of dance, music and also reflects the main features of a tribal culture. The Theyyam performance has an aura of divine splendor as its accompanied by rituals & other devotional hymns. It‚Äôs 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 various theyyams performed is Muchilot Bhagavathy, Thondachan, Narambil Bhagavathy, Khanda Karnan Theyyam, Pottan Theyyam, Chamundi, Vasoori Mala, Vishnu Moorthy Theyyam, Urpazhassi Theyyam, Puthiya Bhagavathy Theyyam, Vettakkoru Magan Theyyam etc.
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.
Sree Rajarajeswara Temple
The famous Sree Rajarajeswara temple is situated in Kannur district, 2 kms North of Taliparamba town. Lord Siva here, is known in different names such as SADASIVA, PERINCHELLOORAPPA, LAKSHMEEPURESA, RAJADHIRAJA etc. In venerable prayer, though it seems to be pertaining to Siva, the method of worship is distinct in many ways. Ages before, the deity was consecrated by the great sage, Agasthya Muni on a Wednesday. Hence ‚Äėdarsan‚Äô on Wednesday is considered very auspicious even today. In ‚ÄėThreda Yuga‚Äô Lord Sreeramachandra paid obeisance to Lord Siva on the Namaskara Mandapam. Hence entry to the mandapam is restricted. To fill pots made of gold silver and copper with ghee and dedicate them to Lord are the main offerings here. They are called ‚ÄėPonninkudam‚Äô, ‚ÄėVellikudam‚Äô and ‚ÄėNeyyamruthu‚Äô respectively. ‚ÄėPattam‚Äô, Wedlock for goddess Sree Parvathi and Pushpanjali are the other important offerings. Only ghee is used inside the Sanctum Sanctorum. Women are allowed to enter inside the temple only after the ‚ÄėATTAZHA PUJA‚Äô. Children below 4 years are not allowed to enter inside. There is no well inside the temple.
To the west of sanctum sanctorum, the idol of Sree Parvathi is situated and the presence of Mahalakshmi is also attributed here. The entrance to the temple from the west remains always closed. Presence of Dakshinamurthi in the south and Parasurama in the north is also identified. Another specialty of the temple is that there is no flag-staff (kodimaram) in the temple. The deity of Rishabha remains close to the main sacrificial altar. No separate shrine for Ganapathi is located here as can be seen in almost all other temples. Four pujas and navakam are performed here everyday. The ‚ÄėAthazha Puja‚Äô is conducted in an entirely different way. The grandeur of the temple and the decorated deity, which can only be experienced through darsan are beyond words.
Sreekrishna Temple Trichambaram
This temple is situated 2 kms away towards south-east of Taliparamba town. The deity was consecrated by Sambara Maharshi. In the right hand of the deity, is a wheel with a stick and in the left hand is a conch touching the waist. This is the basic form of a deity. Taking in to consideration the consecration specialties of the deity there is a change in pooja also. ‚ÄôNivedyam‚Äô is offered to the deity before abhishekam with a slight deviation from ordinary rituals .It is believed that Villwamangalam Swamiyar adorned the deity with a particular wedlock which with its magical influence, changed the minds of thousands of people considering that ‚ÄėGopalakrishna‚Äô is their only protector .The only annual festival without fireworks and elephant is celebrated in the late hours of midnight in the Pookkoth Nada (the national highway), from 6th march (Kumbham 22) to 16th March .On these colorful days thousands of devotees dance, run and enjoy with their lords Balarama and Krishna with the torchbearers and drummers which recalls the playful younger days of their favorite lords. The sights on 6th March and 20th March which represents the joyful union of the loving brothers and their sorrowful separation really pierce down deep into the heart. On festival days a Swamiji is invited to play with the lords who are very rare in other festivals. Even though there are many offerings to lord Krishna, the most important offerings is ‚ÄúKarayila Appam‚ÄĚ (unni appam). This is prepared in Agrasala and dedicated to God on the Mandapam by the women from Namboothiri families.
There are four Madhams known as Swamiyar Madams near the temple chira.The ‚ÄėKalasam‚Äô comes in the month of November or December. The distance here to Vaidyanatha Temple, Kanhirangad is 6kms and to Rajarajeswara Temple, is 3kms.
Darshan time: 5 am to 12 noon and 5.30 pm to 8pm.
Sree Vaidyanatha Temple, Kanhirangad
Sree Vaidyanatha temple is situated 6kms away from Taliparamba town, towards north-east. It is firmly believed that the Sivalingam, Temple Chira, Sacrifical Altar, Sopanam, the Well inside, and the Original Deity are all completely filled with valuable medicines. Therefore, a bath in the Chira, Circumambulation of the temple. And the holy water used for ‚ÄėAbhishekam‚Äô are all considered to be strong medicines for various diseases. Since the deity was consecrated on a Sunday, special significance is attached to prayers and offerings made on Sunday.
This temple originally belonged to the Rigvedis of Taliparamba Gramam. It is also believed that Adivasi Kings (Ooru Moopan) known as Vythakkonmar denoted this temple to the Brahmins of this village. There is another legend also. Brahmin ladies were not allowed to enter the Rajarajeswara Temple. To solve this problem, a king named Sreekandan who belonged to Mooshika Vamsam constructed this temple. There is another story that ‚ÄėDwadasadithya‚Äô called Vishnu was suffering from a severe skin disease and that he recovered completely because of his constant prayer to the Lord. The important offerings of this temple are same as those of other Siva Temples in Kerala. Most of the married women from various places reach here on ‚ÄėThiruvathira‚Äô in the month of Dhanu to pray for the well being of their husbands and old-aged women come here on 18th of Dhanu to offer prayers for the safety of their families .The Anguradi Kalassam in this temple is observed from Vrischikam 26 to Dhanu 2. Various ‚ÄėTheyyams‚Äô are also performed near the temple entrance in the night of Dhanu 10 as they are considered to be the ‚ÄėGuards of outside temple‚Äô.
Madayikavu - Thiruvar Kadu Bhagavathy Temple
Madayi Kavu, also known as Thiruvar Kadu Bhagavathi Temple, is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Kali Amma in Kerala, India. The temple, now under the administration of Devaswom Board, was originally under the control of the Kolathiri Kings. The temple, situated in Madayi near Payangadi, is an important site of worship in the Kannur District and Kerala region. The temple is also associated with Mannanpurathu Kavu (Nileshwaram) dedicated to Kali, and Vadukunnu Temple dedicated to Shiva.
The origin of the temple is ancient, possibly preexisting Vedic times. The main deity worshipped here is Madayi Kavu Amma or Thiruvar Kadu Bhagavathi who is Bhagavathi in the form of Kali. The Bhagavathi is worshipped as the daughter of Shiva. Other deities are also present. The temple also contains a Shiva shrine. The Shiva shrine faces East, while the Mata Kali shrine faces towards the West. The Brahmin priests at the temple, known as Podavar Brahmins, belong to a particular sect associated with Kali worship, and are not barred from consumption of meat. A particular aspect of the temple is Kozhi Kalasham, which is the sacrifice of poultry for the goddess which is held in high regard. The main offerings in the temple are Raktha Pushpanjali, Sathrupooja, Aalroopam, and Valiyavattalam Payasam.
Sree Raghavapuram Temple widely known as ‚ÄėHanumarambalam‚Äô is situated at Cheruthazham, a nearby village of Payyanur. Even though the main deity worshipped is Lord Sreerama, the temple is known by the name of Lord Anjaneya. It is believed that the temple was being constructed in the 8th Century A.D. by the ruler Udaya Varman Kolathiri and was given to the 237 scholarly Brahmin families who were invited from the Tulunadu of present Karnataka. Lord Sri Rama, Lord Anjaneya, Lord Parameswara and Sri Durga Devi are the main deities worshipped in this temple. Moreover the ‚ÄúThidambu Nritham‚ÄĚ (holy dance performed by the Brahmins with the Idols of Gods on their head) with four idols at a time is performed only here. Sree Raghavapuram Temple has many special features. Lord Sri Rama with Sita Devi and Lakshmana on the same pedestal can be seen only in this temple. The "Avil prasadam" of Anjaneya Swami & the "Sarkara Paayasam" of Srirama is famous throughout Kerala. The main offerings of the temple are Nei Vilakku, Avil Nivedhyam, Gada Oppikkal, Pushpanjali, Ganapathi Homam etc.
Annapoorneshwari Temple located at Cherukunnu, is a famous temple of North Malabar. At this temple, Lord Krishna is co-located with Sree Annapoorneswari. It is believed that Sree Annapoorneswari has visited the shrine which was under the sea. It is also believed that this temple have been constructed by Lord Parashurama - mythological architect of Kerala. The temple is near Cherukunnu Town, around 14 km from Kannur, 16 km from Taliparamba and 18 km from Payyannur. A large Chira (Swimming pool) is also located near the temple which is very beautiful and mindglowing.This is one of the 108 Durga Temples. ‚ÄėAnnadhanam‚Äô is held everyday to all the devotees coming from far and near places.
Grand celebrations featuring special rituals and cultural programmes are the highlights of the vishu vilakkulsavam at Cherukunnu Sri Annapoorneswary temple. The festivities begin with the hoisting of the festival flag. Purathezunnallippu, a ceremonial procession with the idol of the deity is held on all days on the temple premises. The Kazchavaravu, a festival ritual, and fire works held on the third, fourth and fifth days are another attraction. Thidampu nritham, a ritualistic dance, in which the performer carries the idol on his head, is held on all days.
Sree Velam Mahaganapathy Temple
There are two sanctum sanctorums in the enclosed inner ambulatory. Siva is enshrined as Rajarajeswara in the bigger sanctum sanctorum and as Vaidyanatha in the smaller sanctum sanctorum. In the southern corridor of the Rajarajeswara temple, Maha Ganapati is enshrined facing south. Close to Maha Ganapati is ascribed the presence of Dakshinamurti. In the western corridor of the Rajarajeswara temple facing west is Sri Parvati. Outside the enclosed inner ambulatory, in the north-west corner is Sri Krishna temple. The Velam Sri Maha Ganapati temple complex consists of these.
This is the one and only temple in Kerala where two Siva temples (Rajarajeswara and Vaidyanatha) occur inside a single inner ambulatory. This temple is special that even though the important deity appears to be Rajarajeswara, the upadeva Ganapati has more importance and the whole temple complex is known in the name of Ganapati. It is estimated that the Vaidyanatha temple is about 2000 years old and the Rarajeswara temple is about 1000 years old. The main offerings in the temple are Payasam, Ganapathi Homam, Swarna Kompu, Pushpanjali, Neyyamruthu, Neivilakku etc.
Mamanikkunnu Sree Mahadevi Temple
This temple is situated on the eastern bank of Irikkur river, about 22 kms away from Parassinikadavu. The presiding deity of the temple is ‚ÄėSree Mahadevi‚Äô who is also called ‚ÄėParashakthi‚Äô. All the other gods are subserviant to Mahadevi. She is the embodiment of love. The present priests are the descendents of Pidarar (Moosad) community who were bought from Badagara 75 years ago, to do the ‚ÄėAradhanas‚Äô which were changed to Saktheya type in accordance with Devi‚Äôs wishes.
. The Sreekovil will be open in the morning from 5.45 am to 10.45 am, in the noon 12.15 pm to 2 pm, in the evening from 5.45 pm to 6.45 pm, after 6.45 pm Saktipooja and Sathru Samhara Pooja are performed and Sreekovil opens at 7.35 pm. The Nada is closed after distribution of prasadam to the devotees present. The main offerings of the temple are Maristhambanam Neekkal, Kalasa Pooja, Sathru Samhara Pooja, Raktha Pushpanjali, Nei Vilakku etc.
Kottiyoor Mahadeva Temple
Kottiyoor or Kottiyur is a famous Hindu pilgrim center devoted to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The proper name of the temple here is Sri Kottiyoor Mahadeva Kshetram. Kottiyoor temple is located near Kelakam in Kannur district of the southern state Kerala. Sri Kottiyoor temple is also known as the "Dakshina Kashi" or "Varanasi of the South" and attracts lakhs of devotees every year during the "Vaisakha Maholsavam" celebrations. Kottiyoor is totally different from any other temple. Set amidst the jungle, nourished by a flowing river in serene surroundings, you will feel the divine energy the moment you step on this mythical land.
The temple is situated on the beautiful Sahya mountain range valley and is blessed with abundant natural beauty. The Bavali River with her medicinal waters flow from the Wayanad ghats on the banks of the temple. On the northern side of the river bank, there is a small lake known as 'Thiruvanchira' and here in the midst of this lake is this temple sans temple. The temple has a Shiva linga believed to be a 'Swayambhu'. Swayambhu means born on his own or not man made. The small heap where this Shiva linga is worshipped is known as 'Manithara'. The abhishekam for the Shiva linga is with milk, ghee (clarified butter) and karikku (tender coconut water). In the same lake, there is another heap 'Ammarakallu' where Sree Parvati Devi is worshipped. This way, at Kottiyoor you get the blessings of both Shiva and Shakthi. At Kottiyoor, there are two temples - Akkare Kottiyur and Ikkare Kottiyur, located on the opposite banks of Bavali river. Akkare Kottiyur is open during the Kottiyoor Vaisakha Maholsavam festival only.
Peralassery Sri Subramanya Temple
Peralassery Sri Subrahmanya Temple is located at Mundallur, on the Kannur ‚Äď Koothuparambu road. It is about 15 km from Kannur. A popular shrine in Malabar region, the presiding deity is Lord Muruga. The temple is believed to be associated with the great epic, Ramayana. The annual festival of the temple lasts for eight days. Many cultural events and art-forms such as Kathakali, Chakyarkoothu, Ottanthullal, Parayan Thullal and Seethankan Thullal are performed by eminent artists as part of the festivities. Another striking feature is a highly religious dance, Thidampunritham done by the priest. Temple is closely associated with Naga (Sepants). Naga is considered as vehicle of Lord Muruga. This temple speciality is large number of devotees comes to get rid of Naga Kopa.