Rajarajeshwara Temple Kannur

The Rajarajeshwara temple is a Shiva temple located in Taliparamba in Kannur district of Kerala, India.

The temple is regarded as one of the existing 108 ancient Shiva Temples of ancient Kerala. It also has a prominent place amongst the numerous Shiva temples in South India.

Rajarajeshwara Temple, Kannur

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is regarded as one of the 108 ancient Shiva temples in Kerala built by Parashurama. According to the inscription on the structure of the temple tank, the temple and the tank were renovated in 1524 AD by the king named Sathasoma Raja who belonged to Mooshika Vamsa (Kolathiri dynasty). The Shivalingam in the sanctum is considered to be one of the Jyotirlingas and is worshipped here as Rajarajeswara, the Emperor of Emperors, Perumthrikovilappan, Perumchellurappan, or Thampuran.

Taliparamba is regarded as one of the ancient Shakti Peethams as it is believed to be the place where the head of Goddess Sati fell after Shiva's tandavam following Sati's self-immolation. The Shivalingam here is believed to be several thousands of years old. According to the legend, Lord Shiva gave three sacred Shivalingas to Sati for worship. But when sage Maandhata, propitiated Goddess Parvathi with intense prayers, Parvathi presented one of the Shiva Lingas to him with the condition that it should be installed only at a place where there was no cremation ground. The sage, after searching all over, found Taliparamba the most ideal spot. After his death, the Linga disappeared into the earth. Then his son Muchukunda offered similar prayers to Goddess and got a second Shiva Linga, which too disappeared in course of time. The third Shiva Linga was handed down to Sathasoman, a king of the Kolathiri dynasty. The king installed it in the present temple built by him.

The temple has a prominent place amongst the numerous Shiva temples in South India having the tallest shikara amongst all the temples of its time. A prasna is organized in the temple which is an ancient method of astrological decision making whenever there is a problem encountered in any of the other temples in South India. The Prasna takes place on the peedha just outside it.

The temple is known for its unique customs and rituals. One such custom is the entry of women post the Athazha Pooja or the night worship which happens around 7.15 PM. It is believed that after the Athazha Pooja, Shiva is in a state where he is very pleased and in gracious temper, accompanied by his consort Parvathi. While men are allowed to enter the shrine any time. Generally Mondays are considered as important days to worship Shiva, but here it is Wednesday. There are no annual festivals held here and the deity is never taken outside the premises of the temple.

How to Reach

By Bus: 12 hr 47 min (491.0 km) via NH 66

Nearest Railway Station: 12 hr 44 min (489.8 km) via NH 66

Nearest Bus Station: 58 min (38.9 km) via Mattannur - Iritty Rd

Rajarajeshwara Temple located in Taliparamba

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