Kottiyoor Temple Kannur

Kottiyoor Temple is a prominent Shiva temple in Kottiyoor, Kannur, Kerala,India.Vadakkeshwaram Temple is the common name of the temple from ancient times, but some of the local people address the temple as Ikkare Kottiyoor as it is on the bank of the river close to the Kottiyoor village, to differentiate it from the shrine in the other side of the river.

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The Kottiyoor Temple is highly revered in Kerala and neighboring areas of adjoining states. The legend goes that the shrine is blessed with the divine presence of The Holy Trinity or The Trimurthy (Brahma - Vishnu - Shiva) and the primordial Mother Goddess (Bhagavathy), due to this Kali (the personification of Kali Yuga), has promised Parashurama in the presence of Trimurthy in not entering the premises of the holy shrine.

A pious Namboothiri of Kalakkatt Illam (one of the four major Mantravada (Sorcery) lineages of Kerala) was returning from Kottiyoor. To pray for Sandhya vandanam in Manathana Shrine he took bath in the pond, after which a young lady from the adjacent bay offered him Taali (herbal shampoo), and told that she would apply it onto his forehead. He immediately recognized that she was none other than Bhadrakali and showing his head would mean his death. He folded his hand in front of her and said any thing given by The Mother is nectar. He took the shampoo and drank it. Devi was pleased with him and presented him with three sacred insignia which he installed in three temples in the Kannur region.

Tons of fire woods are used for the Kottiyoor festival in the shrine. Not even for a single year until now has it been required to remove the excess ash from the altar. All the essentials needed for Ammarakkal Tara is brought from Manathana shrine. Sacred swords also come from Chapparam Bhagavathi temple. Pooja vessels, ornaments etc., come from Karimbanagopuram.

Address: VVG7+6V3, Kottiyoor, Kerala 670651
Phone: 0490 243 0234

Kottiyoor Temple Entry Details

Dress Code:
For Men: Dhoti or Mundu without shirts or banyan
For Women’s: Saree and Pavada are allowed. (Salvar sets and modern dresses are not allowed)

How to Reach Kottiyoor Temple

By Air:
Kottiyoor Temple Kannur nearest airport is 1 hr 9 min (44.7 km) via Malayora Hwy and Sivapuram - Maloor - Peravoor Rd

By Rail:
Kottiyoor Temple Kannur nearest railway station is 1 hr 50 min (66.1 km) via Malayora Hwy and Kannur - Mattannur Rd/Kannur - Mattannur - Coorg Rd

By Road:
It takes around 1 hr 52 min (63.5 km) via Malayora Hwy. If you are travelling via Thalassery - Baveli Rd and Ancham Peedika - Kolathuvayal Rd/Kannur and Kuthuparamba Rd/Koothu it will take 1 hr 49 min (66.6 km)

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