Cherukkunnu Sri Annapoorneswari devi temple :

God and Godess :

Cherukunnilamma(Annapurneswari) 

Location :

Cherukkunnu Sri Annapoorneswari /Cherukunnilamma(Annapurna) temple,
Cherukkunnu, Taliparamba Taluk,
Kannur district-670301
Kerala.

Timings :

  • Morning – 5:30 AM to 12:45 PM
  • Evening – 5:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

Temple History :

Sri Annapoorneswari Ammavaru temple located in Cherukunnu is among the 108 Durga temples in Kerala. This is the only one temple of goddess Annapoorneswari in Kerala State. The main deity here is Goddess Annapoorneswari. Also, there is a separate shrine for Lord Krishna in the same temple both Sri Annapoorneswari Ammavaru and Sri Krishna are given equal importance in this temple. The entrance of the temple is to the Sree Kovil of Lord Krishna and there is no direct entrance to the Sree Kovil of Goddess Annapoorneswari. People believe that earlier this temple was a Sri Krishna temple. Later the Prathishta of Goddess Annapoorneswari was done here by Avittam Thirunal Raja Raja Varma. One of the main features of this temple is that the temple is built in a single type of rock. There is a large pond near the temple.

Cherukunnu Sri Annapoorneswari Temple was supposed to have been built during the 5th century AD. This temple is the principal deity worshiped (family deity) by the Erstwhile Ruling family of Chirakkal. The temple was renovated by the Avittam Thirunal Valiya Raja. The present form of the temple is more than century old. A Punahprathista (Renovation) was done in the year 1994 on the Pooyam star day of Kumbha Masa of Malayalam era. Situated next to Sri Annapoorneswari Temple on the right side is the temple pond (Ambala Kolam). The pond is about 2.5 acres in area and is called as Chira. The temple pond will always have water at a very high level. In the center of this Chira, there is a – pole. The pond –chira, has four major entrances. On the southwest side of the pond, there is a shelter. This sheltered portion of the pond is exclusively for the use of the priests.

The name of this place Cherukunnu arrived because Cheru means small or little and Kunnu means hill that is a small hill. Around this place, there are five small hills. Hence the place got the name Cherukunnu. There is a Mythological version, according to which a heap of cooked rice is made ‘Choru Kunnu’, to offer to the people who come here for their partaking the food Prasadams (Annadhanam). The word ‘Chorukunnu’ later changed into ‘Cherukunnu’.

Festivals :

  • Vishu Vilakku in April 
  • Prathistha dinam (Pooyam star day)

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Archana
  • Alankarana
  • Pushparchana

Nearest Temples Around Cherukkunnu Sri Annapoorneswari devi temple :

  • Madaipara Madaikavu Bhadrakali Templev – Kannur district – 7.00 km
  • Trichambaram Sri Krishna Temple – Kannur district – 12.00 km
  • Taliparamba Sri Rajarajeswara Perumal Temple – Kannur district – 12.00 km
  • Parassinikadavu Muthappan Madappura Temple – Kannur district – 14.00 km
  • Payyanur Subramanya Swamy Temple – Kannur district – 20.00 km
  • Thayyil Venkataramana Temple – Kannur district – 21.00 km
  • Peralasseri Subramanya Temple – Kannur district – 30.00 km
  • Alakode Arangam Mahadeva Temple – Kannur district – 37.00 km
  • Thiruvangad Sri Rama Swamy temple – Kannur district – 39.00 km
  • kadirur Sri Suryanarayana Temple – Kannur district – 40.00 km
  • Vadakara Lokanarkavu Temple – Kozhikode district – 63.00 km
  • Palakkunnu Bhagavathi Temple – Kasaragod district – 64.00 km
  • Kasargod Sri Varadaraja Venkataramana temple – Kasaragod district – 75.00 km
  • Kottiyur Akkare and Ikkare Mahadeva Temples – Kannur district – – 77.00 km
  • Kasargod Sri Anantheswara and Maha Ganapathi Temple – kasaragod district – 83.00 km
  • Manjeswar Srimath Anantheswara Temple – Kasaragod district – 101.00 km
  • Kozhikode Varakkal Durga Devi Temple – Kozhikode district – 103.00 km
  • Adoor Sri Mahalingeswara temple – Kasaragod district – 105.00 km
  • Kozhikode Srikanteswara Temple – Kozhikode district – 107.00 km
  • Kozhikode Tali Mahakshetram – Kozhikode district – 108.00 km
  • Kozhikode Valayanad Devi Temple – Kozhikode district – 110.00 km
  • Pulpalli Seetadevi temple – Wayanad district – 124.00 km
  • Thirunelli Mahavishnu Temple – Wayanad district – 129.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Taliparamba – 11.00 km
  • Payyanur – 18.00 km
  • Kannur – 21.00 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Kannapuram – 2.00 km
  • Payyangadi – 7.00 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Kannur International Airport, Kannur. – 42.00 km
  • Calicut International Airport,Kozhikode. – 133.00 km
  • Kempegowda International Airport,Bangalore. – 263.00 km
  • Cochin International Airport,Cochin/kochi – 279.00 km
  • Coimbatore International Airport,Coimbatore – 299.00 km

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