Parassinikavu Muthappan temple :

God and Godess :

  • Muthappan
  • Navagraha

Location :

Parassinikadavu Muthappan Madappura Temple
Parassini Madappura,
Parassinikadavu, Near Taliparamba,
Kannur district-670563

Timings :

Morning – 5.00AM to 8PM

Temple History :

Parassini Madappura Sree Muthappan Temple is located on the banks of the river Valapattanam is one of the famous shrines in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Sree Muthappan. Parassini Madappura Sree Muthappan Temple is not a Kshethram but it is a Madappura. Unlike other temples, the devotees can ‘interact’ with the God as they pour out their grievances in a free-wheeling ‘chat’ with the tastefully decorated “Muthappan Theyyam”, an artist who assumes ‘divinity’ by representing the God. The Theyyam responds with convincing solutions, which are believed by the devotees as sacred and that of the God. Muthappan Theyyam then parts with the liquor and elder male devotees take it as ‘necter’ while the other offerings are set apart for dogs, considered the Lord’s pet animal, which eagerly waits outside the temple to pick up the dishes. Located 20 km away from Kannur, a northern district of Kerala, the Parassinikadavu Muthappan (Siva) Temple on the banks of the Valapatnam River attracts people from all sections of the society; irrespective of religion, caste and promotes the essence of “Vasudaiva Kutumbakam – The whole world is one family”. The temple is also a popular destination for travelers and pilgrims to savor the charm of Theyyam, a ritual that is performed here on a daily basis.

Sri Muthappan is always accompanied by a dog. Here dogs are considered sacred and can be seen in large numbers around the temple. Two carved bronze dogs at the entrance of the temple symbolize the bodyguards of the God. When the Prasadam is ready, it is first served to a dog that is always ready inside the temple complex. After bringing the Thiruroopam, the usual conversation of Sree Muthappan with his Madayan begins. In such conversation, Sree Muthappan will open his mind to his Madayan and the Madayan accomplishes the wishes of the Lord. Toddy, an alcoholic drink extracted from coconut palms is the main offering to the deity.The origin of the Muthappan temple is connected to the appearance of a child who roamed the region with a string of interesting incidents and later vanished without a trace.

The incidents up to the point of his disappearance later made the denizens feel the divine presence of Muthappan (Siva) who immediately erected a place of worship, which today is popularly known as the Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple. This center of worship and faith has in store many unique practices and rituals, and the temple architecture itself stands testimony to this aspect. Men adorning masks and costumes with a riot of colors perform this temple art form and it represents the conflict between good and evil, with good ultimately emerging victorious.

Festivals :

  • Thiruvappana
  • Puthari

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Choroon (For children) – Rs 10

Nearest Temples Around Parassinikavu Muthappan temple :

  • Temple Name – Area/City – Distance (in KM)
  • Cherukkunnu Sri Annapoorneswari Temple – Kannur district – 14.00 km
  • Alakode Arangam Mahadeva Temple – Kannur district – 35.00 km
  • Pulpalli Seetadevi temple – Wayanad district – 115.00 km
  • Thirunelli Mahavishnu Temple – Wayanad district – 121.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Parassinikadavu – 0.8 km
  • Taliparamba – 11 km
  • Anjarakandy – 24 km
  • Kannur – 20 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Pappinisseri – 11 km
  • Payangadi – 21 km
  • Valapattanam – 14 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Cochin – 280 km
  • Calicut/Kozhikode – 134 km
  • Kannur – 31 km
  • Bangalore – 349 km
  • Coimbatore – 300 km

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