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Tourist Attractions in Kannur District

Friday, October 11, 2013

Arakkal Museum



Arakkal Museum is a part of Arakkalkettu (Arakkal Palace ) 
Arakkal Museum is situated at Ayikkara, Kannur,  Just 2 kms from Kannur HQ hospital Bus stand on the way to Kannur city.




Arakkam Palace Kannur
Genealogical table of  Arakkal Family Since AD.1819

 Genealogy of Arakkal Family

Sr. No Name Malabar
1 Muhamud Allee Adee Rajah
2 Hoossain Allee Adee Rajah
3 Allee Moossa Adee Rajah
4 Coonhy Mossa Adee Rajah
5 Allee Moossa Adee Rajah 359-380 1184-1205 21
6 Allee Buppen Adee Rajah 380-459 1205-1284 79
7 Issa Aboobucker Adee Rajah 459-540 1284-1365 81
8 Muhamud Allee Adee Rajah 540-627 1365-1452 87
9 Aboobucker Allee Adee Rajah 627-720 1452-1545 93
10 Allee Adee Rajah 720-766 1545-1591 46
11 Aboobucker Adee Rajah 766-782 1591-1607 16
12 Aboobucker Adee Rajah 782-785 1607-1610 3
13 Muhamud Allee Adee Rajah 785-822 1610-1647 37
14 Muhamud Allee Adee Rajah 822-830 1647-1655 8
15 Kamal Adee Rajah 830-831 1655-1656 1
16 Muhamud Allee Adee Rajah 831-866 1656-1691 35
17 Allee Adee Rajah 866-879 1691-1704 13
18 Coonhy Amsa Adee Rajah 879-895 1704-1720 16
19 Muhamud Allee Adee Rajah 895-903 1720-1728 8
20 Harrabichee Kadavoobe Adee Rajah Bebee 903-907 1728-1732 4
21 Joonomabe Adee Rajah Bebee 907-920 1732-1745 13
22 Coonhy Amsa Adee Rajah 920-952 1745-1777 32
23 Joonomabe Adee Rajah Bebee 952-994 1777-1819 42
24 Mariambee Adee Rajah Bebee 994-1013 1819-1838 19
25 Hayashabe Adee Rajah Bebee 1019-1037 1844-1862 18
26 Abdu Rahiman Ali Adi Rajah 1037-1045 1862-1870 8
27 Moosa Ali Adi Rajah 1045-1074 1870-1899 29
28 Muhammed Ali Adi Rajah 1074-1082 1899-1907 8
29 Sulthan Imbichi Beebe Adi Rajah 1082-1086 1907-1911 4
30 Sulthan Ahamed Adi Rajah 1086-1096 1911-1921 10
31 Sulthan Ayisha Beebe Adi Rajah 1096-1106 1921-1931 10
32 Sulthan Abdurahiman Ali Adi Rajah 1106-1121 1931-1946 15
33 Sulthan Mariyumma Beebi Ali Adi Rajah 1121-1132 1946-1957 11
34 Sulthan Amina Beebi Tangal Adi Rajah 1132-1155 1957-1980 23
35 Sulthan Hamsa Ali Adi Rajah 1155-1173 1980-1998 18
36 Sulthan Ayisha Muthu Bebei Adi Rajah 1173- 1998-

Arakkam Palace Kannur
A foundation stone at the Arakkal Museum

Arakkam Palace Kannur
Sulthan Hamsa Ali Rajah



Furniture from the Arakkal Palace

About Arakkal

Dutch People and Kerala

Henrik Vanrid




Kerala was divided into more than one hundred small principalities before the establishment of British power in India. These kingdoms were more or less self independent with its own traditional production and distribution system inclusive of trade and commerce. All these kingdoms were matrilineal originated under peculiar social-political and economical situation in Kerala. When all other matrilineal dynasties had their senior most male member as ruler, the Arakkal dynasty was headed by the senior most member irrespective of gender. If the ruler was male, he was popularly known as 'Ali Raja ' and if the ruler was a female , she was known as 'Arakkal Beebi'.

 There are many stories relating to the origin of Arakkal family. Among these , the story related to the pilgrimage of Cheraman Perumal to Mecca has got prominence in the Arakkal family. Whatever may be the origin , the family records suggests that the continuous existence of the dynasty starts from 12th century AD. in the early years of its existence it was subordinate to the Kolathiri rulers and later Chirakkal rulers. But from 15th century independent and powerful thanks to its maritime enterprises. When the Portuguese came to Arakkal army and took Kannur Fort. Soon the ruler of Arakkal offered peace and entered into an agreement with the English.

The Arakkal family was forced to surrender the Kannur fort and had to pay a huge amount as compensation. The English also claimed Laccadive Islands which were possessed by the Arakkal Dynasty from the 15th century. The dispute lasted for more than 100 years. The final agreement was signed on 15th December 1908 by which the family was given an annual amount of Rs.23,000 as 'Malikhan'. The ruler was also given a title of respect as 'Sulthan'. However the rule of the dynasty finally came to a halt on 15th.August.1947. The same amount of MAlikhan is still given to the Arakkal family annually. The Arakkal Museum is arranged by the Department of Archaeology with the financial assistance provided by the Department of Tourism Govt. of Kerala. Different Varieties of heritage objects from the Royal Family of Arakkal are exhibited in this museum. The museum is managed by the trust including the family members of Arakkal. The old office and Durbar Hall of the Arakkal Kettu is converted as the museum. The Building complex known as Arakkal Kettu is a protected monument under the provisions of the protection of Archaeological remains and sites Act of 1968. This building was scientifically conserved by the Department of Archeology with the financial assistance of department of tourism, Govt of Kerala.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Bekal Fort or Bekal Kotta Kasargod, Kerala

Bekal Fort or Bekal Kotta Kasargogod, Kerala
Bekal Fort or Bekal Kotta Kasargod, Kerala

Bekal Fort or Bekal Kotta Kasargogod, Kerala
Bekal Fort or Bekal Kotta Kasargod, Kerala

Bekal Fort or Bekal Kotta Kasargogod, Kerala
Observation tower of Bekal Fort or Bekal Kotta Kasargod, Kerala

Bekal Fort or Bekal Kotta Kasargogod, Kerala
Observation tower of Bekal Fort or Bekal Kotta Kasargod, Kerala

Bekal Fort or Bekal Kotta Kasargogod, Kerala
Bekal Fort or Bekal Kotta Kasargod, Kerala

Bekal Fort or Bekal Kotta Kasargogod, Kerala
Bekal Fort / Bekal Kotta, Kasargod

Bekal Fort or Bekal Kotta Kasargogod, Kerala
Bekal Fort or Bekal Kotta Kasargogod, Kerala

Bekal Fort or Bekal Kotta Kasargogod, Kerala
Waves striking the stone near bekal fort 
Bekal Fort or Bekal Kotta Kasargogod, Kerala
Strong walls if the Bekal fort

Bekal Fort or Bekal Kotta is the largest fort of kerala and one of the impotant archeological monument of India located at bekal, Kasargod.
Bekal fort is constructed by Sivappa Nayaka of Bednore in 1650AD. The fort was constructed for the defense requirements, The fort later became the military base of Tipu sulthan during his military assault to Malabar and after yars British East India company made it their headquarters of  new taluk of South Canara district.
The structure of the fort is such that it can defend from enemies easily. The fort is spread around 40acres. The main unique features of the fort are The tunnel toward sea, the vast steps to the observation tower. From the tower we can have a view of near by cities like bekal,kanhangad,pallikara,Kottikulam.

There is a Hanuman temple and a Mosque near this fort.
Bekal fort is one of the main tousist attaction of Malabar.

Kasargod is also known as the land of gods, forts, rivers, hills and beautiful beaches. There a beautiful beach besides the fort, Bekal beach which has a good park and all facilities.
Bekal fort haa became shoting location for many Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi films.
The fort shown in song Thuhi re of Bombay film made by Mani Rathnam.
visitors are allowed to this Fort from morning 8am to evening 6pm. Entrance fees for Indians is  ₹ 5 and  ₹ 100 for foreign tourists.

Nearest Railway station is Bekal Railway station , but only passenger Trains will stop at this station. next Nearest station is Kanhangad Station which just 7kms from the fort.
Nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Madhur Temple / Sri Madanantheswara SiddhiVinayaka Temple

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Madhur Temple or Sri Madanantheswara SiddhiVinayaka Temple 

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Madhur Temple or Sri Madanantheswara SiddhiVinayaka Temple 
 Madhur Temple or Sri madanantheswara Siddhivinayaka Temple is  one of the famous Vinayaka temple in kerala located around 8 kms from Kasargod situated on the bank of madhuvahini river. The Main idol of this temple is lord Shiva. The Architecture of this temple is different from other temples in Kerala. The architecture and Coppper roofing of the temple makes this temple unique from other temples.

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Seva List of Madhur Temple or Sri Madanantheswara SiddhiVinayaka Temple 
 List of Prayers offered at  Sri Madanantheswara Siddhi Vinayaka Temple / Seva List

The main prasadam of this temple is their "appam". Any one offering prayers can get this appam from the counters.  The main festival of the temple is Moodappa Seva, which is covering the idol with appam made of ghee and rice with a special preparation, which requires a huge expense hence it is celebrated periodically. Moodappa seva was last celebrated in 1992. Annual festival is celebrated in the month of March and April.
During Rainy season the river Madhuvahini overflows and the water gets into temple campus ,so its not best to visit the temple during rainy seasons.

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Front view.
Front view of Sri Madanantheswara SiddhiVinayaka Temple
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Entrance of Sri Madanantheswara SiddhiVinayaka Temple 

Temple Decorated during the annual festival in the month of April.

Bus Kasargod and Karnataka
Karnataka Bus (Mangalore -Madhur - Kasargod Interstate)and Kerala Bus (Madhur-Kasargod) in front of Sri Madanantheswara SiddhiVinayaka Temple 

Buses are available from both Kasargod as well as from Mangalore. 8kms from kasargod, 55kms from Mangalore. 
Nearest Railway station : Kasargod
Nearest Airpost : Mangalore International Airport, Mangalore

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sri Ananthapuram Ananthapathmanabha Swamy Temple, Kasargod

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 Entrance of Sri Ananthapuram Ananthapathmanabha Swamy Temple, Kasargod. 6km from kumbala, kasargod
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Sri Ananthapuram Ananthapathmanabha Swamy Temple, Kasargod
crocodile kerala temple
Sri Ananthapuram Ananthapathmanabha Swamy Temple, Kasargod

late temple
Bhilvamangala Cave , Sri Ananthapuram Ananthapathmanabha Swamy Temple, Kasargod
Bhilvamangala Cave, It is a belief that this cave is the passage through which Sri Maha vishnu,(Ananthapathmanabha swamy ) have gone to Pathmanabha swamy temple, Thiruvanathapuram

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Vana shastra pond, Sri Ananthapuram Ananthapathmanabha Swamy Temple, Kasargod
Vana shastra pond, Pond where Babia (The crocodile)resides.

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Statue of hanuman at Sri Ananthapuram Ananthapathmanabha Swamy Temple

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Mahishasura Mardhini at Sri Ananthapuram Ananthapathmanabha Swamy Temple

Sree Ananthapuram Ananthapathmanabha Swamy Temple

 Sri Ananthapadmanabha Swamy Temple is located at Ananthapura near Kumbala of Kasargod ,Kerala. It is one of the oldest temple in kerala and also the only lake temple of kerala. This temple is situated on top of a hill.

The Sreekovil of the temple is in the middle of the lake, which is a great architectural wonder of this temple, a small bridge leads us to the sreekovil premises.

Ananthapuram Temple is known as Sree Padhmanabha Swami's place of origin, residing at Sree Ananthapathmanabha Swamy Temple , Thiruvananthapuram.

There is an omnivorian crocodile (Babia) in this Temple for the past 60 years or even more.Thereis a belief that this temple is guarded by that crocodile named Babia.

Babia is daily feeded by the poojari and devotees also, but the feeding will be done by the poojari only . The ritual offerings can be offered at the counter with a minimal charge of just Rs.30. Babia doesnt eat anything, other than the food given by the temple poojaris.

Another main speciality of this temple is its Idiol which is different compared to other temples. The main idiol of the temple is not made of stone , copper or any other metal, Its made of a rare and a special composition called Kadu-Sarkara-Yogam,a mixture of more than 60 Ayurvedic materials.

The annual festival is celebrated in the month of Feb (Malayala Masam Kumbal )
The prathishta dhinam will be celebrated in the month of Aug.

Other deities in this temple are: Mahishasura mardini ,Sri goshale krishna , Sri Maha Ganapathy

Location: Ananthapura, Near Kumbala of Kasargod District , Kerala
From kasargod: 16Kms
From mangalore : 64 Kms

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mavilakavu Adi Utsavam

Mavilayikkavu is one of the famous temples in North Malabar. ‘Adiyutsavam’ of Mavilayikkavu is wellknown. Utsavam starts from Medam 1st.

Crowd gathered at Sree Mavilakavu to see Daivathar and Adi Utsavam

മാവിലായിയിലെ അടിയുത്സവം:

കണ്ണൂര്‍ ജില്ലയിലെ മാവിലായി എന്ന സ്ഥലത്താണ് പ്രസിദ്ധമായ അടിയുത്സവം അരങ്ങേറുന്നത്. മേടം രണ്ടിന് കച്ചേരിക്കാവിലും മേടം നാലിന് മൂന്നാംപാലത്തിനു സമീപത്തുള്ള നിലാഞ്ചിറ വയലിലുമാണ് അടിയുടെ പൂരം അരങ്ങേറുന്നത്. 

കച്ചേരിക്കാവില്‍ ബ്രാഹ്മണന്‍ ഈഴവപ്രമാണിയില്‍ നിന്നു അവില്‍പ്പൊതി വാങ്ങി തിങ്ങിനിറഞ്ഞ പുരുഷാരത്തിന് നടുവിലേക്ക് എറിഞ്ഞുകൊടുക്കുന്നു. അവില്‍ക്കൂടിനായി അടി തുടങ്ങുന്നു. 'മൂത്തകുര്‍വ്വാട്', 'ഇളയ കുര്‍വ്വാട്' എന്നിങ്ങനെ രണ്ടായി തിരിഞ്ഞാണ് അടി. കൈക്കോളന്‍മാര്‍ ആളുകളുടെ ചുമലില്‍ കയറി അന്യോന്യം പൊരുതുന്നു.

കച്ചേരിക്കാവിലും നിലാഞ്ചിറ വയലിലും അടി അരങ്ങേറുന്നതിനെപ്പറ്റി ഐതീഹ്യങ്ങളുണ്ട്. അതില്‍ ഒന്ന് ഇങ്ങനെ : ഇന്നത്തെ കടമ്പൂര്‍ അംശത്തിലെ 'ഒരികര' എന്ന പ്രദേശത്തെ കച്ചേരി ഇല്ലത്താണ്, ചെമ്പകശ്ശേരി കോവിലകത്ത് തമ്പുരാനും കുടുംബവും താമസിച്ചിരുന്നത്. ആചാരപ്രകാരം വിഷുപുലരിയില്‍ ഈഴവപ്രമാണിയായ 'വണ്ണാത്തിക്കണ്ടി തണ്ടയാന്‍' തമ്പുരാന് അവില്‍പ്പൊതി കാഴ്ചവെയ്ക്കുന്ന പതിവുണ്ടായിരുന്നു. 

തണ്ടയാന്‍ കാഴ്ചവെച്ച അവില്‍പ്പൊതിക്കായി തമ്പുരാന്റെ രണ്ടു മക്കളും തമ്മില്‍ ഉന്തും തള്ളും അടിയുമായി. കളി കാര്യമായതു കണ്ട് തമ്പുരാന്‍ തന്റെ കുലദൈവമായ ദൈവത്താറെ വിളിച്ച് ധ്യാനിച്ചു. ദൈവത്താര്‍ പ്രത്യക്ഷപ്പെട്ടു. പക്ഷേ, ദൈവത്തിന് കുട്ടികളുടെ ഈ വികൃതിയില്‍ കൗതുകം തോന്നുകയും അല്‍പ്പസമയം അത് കണ്ട് രസിക്കുകയും ചെയ്തു. തുടര്‍ന്ന് അടി അവസാനിപ്പിക്കാന്‍ പറഞ്ഞു. ദേവപ്രീതിക്കായി എല്ലാ വര്‍ഷവും അടിയുത്സവം നടത്താന്‍ അരുളിച്ചെയ്യുകയും ചെയ്തു.

മറ്റൊരു ഐതീഹ്യം : മാവിലാക്കാവിലെ ദൈവത്താര്‍ തന്റെ ഉപക്ഷേത്രമായ കച്ചേരിക്കാവിലും അതിനടുത്തുള്ള ഇല്ലത്തും നിത്യസന്ദര്‍ശകനായിരുന്നു. ഇല്ലത്തുവെച്ച് രണ്ട് നമ്പ്യാര്‍ സഹോദരങ്ങളുമായി സൗഹൃദം പങ്കുവെയ്ക്കാറുണ്ടായിരുന്നു. ഒരുനാള്‍ ഇല്ലത്തെ നമ്പൂതിരിക്ക് കാഴ്ചയായി ഈഴവപ്രമാണി ഒരു അവില്‍പ്പൊതി കാഴ്ചവെച്ചു. അവില്‍പ്പൊതി നമ്പൂതിരി ആ നമ്പ്യാര്‍ സഹോദരങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് എറിഞ്ഞുകൊടുത്തു. അവില്‍പ്പൊതിക്കായി അവര്‍ ഇരുവരും ഉന്തും തള്ളും അടിയുമായി.

കണ്ടുനിന്ന ദൈവത്താര്‍ ഇരുവരെയും പ്രോത്സാഹിപ്പിച്ചു. അടി കാര്യമായതോടെ അത് അവസാനിപ്പിക്കാന്‍ ദൈവത്താര്‍ ആവശ്യപ്പെട്ടു. ഒടുക്കം ഒരാള്‍ അവില്‍പ്പൊതി കൈക്കലാക്കി. ഇരുവരുടെയും മനസില്‍ പകയുണ്ടായിരുന്നു. മേടം നാലിന് നിലാഞ്ചിറ വയലില്‍ വെച്ച് ആദ്യ അടിയുടെ തുടര്‍ച്ച നടന്നു. ഈ ചടങ്ങില്‍ ദൈവത്താര്‍ ഉണ്ടാകാറില്ല.