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Tourist Attractions in Kannur District

Monday, June 23, 2014

Kottiyoor Temple / Kottiyoor Mahadeva Temple / Kottiyoor Amalam

Kottiyoor Temple / Kottiyoor Mahadeva Temple is a very famous Siva temple in Kottiyoor, Kannur District, on the bank of bavali river. 
The Lord of Kottiyoor Temple is known as Kottiyoor Perumal. Kottiyoor temple is also known as  'Varanasi of the South' (Dakshinakashi). There are 2 temples Akkare Kottiyoor and Ikkare Kottiyyoor (The Main Temple). Akkare Kottiyoor is opened only during the annual festival (ulsavam) "Vaisakha Maholsavam". During the Vaisakha Maholsavam the ikkare kottiyoor (the Main temple) will be closed. 
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അമ്മാറക്കല്ല്  Ammarakallu , Place where Parvathy Devi  is worshiped, Kottiyoor Temple

 It is believed that Prajapathy Daksha, father of Sathi Devi performed a Yaga at this place. Sathi Devi and her husband Lord Shiva was not invited for the yaga. Sathi Devi went to the yaga place to meet her father, but he insulted lord shiva and Sathi devi. she immedialtely jumbed into to yagna Fire and killed herself for the shame caused infront of all the guests. After this even Lord shiva out of anger came to the yaga place and opened his third eye (Thrikannu) and destroyed everything and  King Dhaksha also died, Later, as per the request of Lord Vishnu and Brahma, Lord Shiva gave birth to Dhaksha and alowed him to complete the yaga. Dhaksha understood his mistake and he started worsiping lord shiva at this place and Lord shiva came infront of him in the form of Swayambhoo Lingam (idol). These are the beliefs about the Kottiyor temple.

Kottiyoor Manithara

Ikkare Kottiyoor
 This temple is different from other temples, The Diety in akkare kottiyyor is "Swayambhoo",(that which is created by its own) and opened for only 28 days in a year for the Vyshaka Maholsavam. Ilaneer Veppu or submitting tender coconuts before the deity is an main ritual during the festival. Thousands of tender coconuts brought by the devotees from different parts of malabar is submitted on the special day. The next day is Ilaneerattam. On this day, main priest pours these coconut water collected from the tender coconuts (ilaneer) on the idol.Womens are permitted to enter the akkare kottiyor for some particular days during the festival.

Kottiyoor route
Bavali River @ Kottiyoor Temple
The Bavali River, Paalukaachi hill are some of the tourists attractions in kottiyoor. The nearest Town is Kelakam.

Kottiyoor Bus
Bus To Kottiyoor Temple From Payyannur
via (Kannur►Koothuparamba►Kottiyoor)
You can reach kottiyyor easily from Kannur, Thalassery , Iritty and Wayanad.There are frequent bus services to Kottiyoor from Kannur, Thalassery , Iritty and Manathavady. Iritty - Manathanthavady KSRTC Buses goes via Kottiyoor.

To Reach Kottiyoor

  • Kannur ► Koothuparamba ► Nedumpoil ► Kottiyoor
  • Kannur ► Mattannur ► Iritty ► Peravoor ► Kottiyoor
  • Thalassery ► Koothuparamba ► Nedumpoil ► Kottiyoor
  • Iritty ►  Peravoor ► Kelakam ► Kottiyoor
  • Mananthavady ► Boys Town ► PaalChuram ► Kottiyyor

Nearest Railway Station 

  • Thalassery 60Kms
  • Kannur Rly Station 70Kms
Vaisakha Maholsavam dates for year 2016

  • 14-May-2016, Saturday - Neerezhunnallathu 
  • 20-May-2016, Friday - Neyattam
  • 21-May-2016, Saturday - Bhandaram Ezhunnallathu (Mid night, Ladies will be Allowed only after this)
  • 27-May-2016, Friday - Thiruvonam Aradhana
  • 28-May-2016, Saturday - Ilaneer Veypu
  • 29-May-2016, Sunday - Ashtami Aradhana, Ilaneerattam
  • 1-June-2016, Wednesday - Revathi Aradhana
  • 5-June-2016, Sunday - Rohini Aradhana
  • 7-June-2016, Tuesday - Thiruvathira Chathussatham
  • 8-June-2016, Wednesday - Punartham Chathussatham
  • 10-June-2016, Friday - Aayilyam Chathussatham
  • 11-June-2016, Saturday - Makam Kalam Varavu (After 12.00PM, Ladies won't be allowed)
  • 14-June-2016, Tuesday - Atham Chathussatham, Valattam, Kalasa Pooja
  • 15-June-2016, Wednesday - Thrukkalassattu

Elaborate rituals and offerings are open to devotees during the festival. Visit the Kottiyoor Vazhipadu Offerings page for the details and rates.


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  2. The Kottiyoor Mahadeva Temple, located in the northern Indian state of Kerala, is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple's beginnings can be traced back to the age of the Puranas. It is believed that this temple was built by Parasurama, one of the ten avatars of Vishnu, who came to give away land he had retrieved from sea.

    The Kottiyoor Mahadeva Temple offers a unique experience as it is open only during two festivals every year - Aarattu and Thiruvompadi. During Aarattu festival, which usually falls in April or May each year, devotees gather for a pilgrimage for three days and get blessings from different Gods and Goddesses present at the temple premises.