Palakkunnu Sree Bhagavathi Temple is one of the most famous Temples of Northern Kerala, is a well known cultural and spiritual center of the region, situates in Kasaragod, Kerala. Temple situates just 50 meters away
Palakkunnu Sree Bhagavathi Temple is one of the most famous Temples of Northern Kerala, is a well known cultural and spiritual center of the region, situates in Kasaragod, Kerala. Temple situates just 50 meters away from the Kottikulam Railway Station and 3 km away from the Bekal Fort, the international tourist center. The Temple is located on the side of Kasaragod- Kanhangad State Highway which is lying as the bypass road to the NH17 in between Kasaragod and Kanhangad. Bhagavathy or the mother goddess is the main deity. Bhagavathi is worshipped in two forms as Mootha Bhagavathi and Elaya Bhagavathi ie, Durga and Saraswathi. Besides these two Goddesses, Vishnumoorthi, Ghantakarnan, and Dhandan Devan are the other deities. People belonging to different religions irrespective of their caste, creed, and belief visit the Temple to offer their prayers to the deities. The festivals of the Temple are being celebrated by the active participation of the entire society. There is no bar to any caste or race to visit the Temple. The Temple is very famous for the rarest traditional customary rituals and ceremonies.
The annual festival Bharani Mahotsvam is performed during the month of February/ March every year, which is basically connected to the festival of Trikkannad Sree Shiva Temple. The sparkling fireworks and competitive colorful procession from different areas are the highlights of this festival. Poora Mahotsavam will be performed in a traditional manner. The Temple art of Northern Kerala, Poorakkali performed on every day of Poora Mahotsavam by the Poorakkali Panikker. During the specific intervals, the renounced masters of Poorakkali used to perform Marathukali in a competitive manner. Three masters used to represent three provinces of the Temple called Melthara, Keezhthara, and Perumundithara. The winners will be honored by giving prizes.
Kalamkanippu Mahotsavam a rare celebration in the region have many similarities with the Ponkala of Attukal Temple, Thiruvananthapuram. Thousands of ladies who are offered their prayer to the Bhagavathi will bring rice, jaggery, coconut, rice powder, and other articles in the Temple which will be prepared by the selected trained persons in the Temple ground itself and will be offered to the Bhagavathi. After the offerings, the prasadam will be returned to the devotees in the same pots. The Kalamkanippu festival will be performed twice every year, i.e. in the month of Dhanu and Makaram of Malayalam calendar year. Another festival which has its own specialty Thengayeru. Being the part of prayers from the devotees, and lunch will be served to all, four days every week and during every festival day except in the month of Karkidakam. Palakkunnu Shree Bhagavathi Kshetra Bharana Samithi is managing the administrative affairs of the Temple, in a democratic manner.
How to reach Kasargod and Mangalore are the nearest airport. Kasargod is the nearest railway station and bus stop.
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