Vadakara Lokanarkavu temple :

God and Godess :

  • Goddess Durga
  • Lord Vishnu
  • Lord Siva

Location :

Vadakara Lokanarkavu Temple
Villiapally Memuda, Vatakara(vadakara),
Kozhikode district-673104
Kerala

Timings :

  • Morning – 4.00AM to 9AM
  • Evening – 5PM to 7PM

Temple History :

The Lokanarkavu temple is located at a distance of 4 km from Vatakara, near Calicut a well-noted town in Kerala state. Goddess Bhagavathi is the presiding deity of this temple. Goddess Durga here is also called as Sri Bhagavathi. Along with goddess Durga, this temple is a complex for two other deities Lord Shiva and Maha Vishnu. Apart from these due to the uniqueness about its origin, this temple being listed as a must view temple in Kerala. This is the most ancient temple of Durga which was built by Aryans who migrated to this place some 1500 years ago. They were Brahmins who took up trade as their main occupation. The Aryan successors of this temple still are of prime importance in the temple. They gradually began to accept some of the traditions of local Nairs and made a martial relationship with them. It is believed that the goddess traveled with them to Lokanarkavu in the form of a lady who followed the five hundred Aryans. The successors still see this goddess as their mother and not as a goddess. Often the name of Thacholi Othenan is misquoted with the origin of the temple. Othenan was a great devotee, but never had any holding rights or anything to do with the establishment of Durga temple.

History: It is evident from the fact that the goddess is Durga at Lokanarkavu and not the Kali form. The people of Vadakkan Pattukal had their ancestral goddesses as Kali form and not Durga form. The same applies to the local rulers who later claimed Lokanarkavu as their family goddess. All the rulers of Kerala had Goddesses with Thamasa pooja or Shakteya pooja; ie poojas in which either man or animal was sacrificed. It was a more local tradition and most family temples of Kerala kings and locals had followed such tradition until it was modified. Later due to Aryanisation of temples, modifications were made by replacing human sacrifice with cutting plantain or performing poojas with tender coconut and cereals meant to replace liquor and meat. The racing spirit was so high at older times that it is said that they refused to pay taxes to the local kings of Kerala, as none of them was an Aryan. But at the same time or say at a later period they began to ignore the cast restrictions and even seemed to threaten the cast equations. But slowly they became adjusted and more reclusive and settles around the temple areas and withdrew from all other matters of Local people. Among the mandala Vilakku festival, the successors of these Aryan Vaishya Brahmins migrants conduct the 16th Vilakku, that’s on the 16th day and is of prime importance.

This is the most beautiful temple in this are, as we enter the temple we must pray to the stage kept in memory of these Aryan Brahmin Ancestors who built the temple. The stage is at right side to that of the main entrance and all devotees must seek their permission and pray to them to see the goddess inside. This is to show that the Lokanarkavu Durga holds these people in the highest esteem and she had followed them where ever they went and their happiness is her prime importance. It is said that the prayers done without praying to these ancestors go much unheard. In short, it is a place of a never experienced tradition in Kerala.

Festivals :

  • Lokanarkavu Utsavam
  • Meenam Festival

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Archana
  • Abhishekam
  • Kumkumarchana
  • Alankarana

Nearest Temples Around Vadakara Lokanarkavu temple :

  • Temple Name – Area/City – Distance (in KM)
  • Cherukkunnu Sri Annapoorneswari Temple – Kannur district – 63.00 km
  • Pulpalli Seetadevi temple – Wayanad district – 85.00 km
  • Thirunelli Mahavishnu Temple – Wayanad district – 92.00 km
  • Alathiyur Sri Anjaneya temple – Malappuram district – 113.00 km
  • Angadipuram Thirumandhamkunnu bhagavathi temple – Malappuram district – 113.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Vadakara – 4 km
  • Payyoli – 14 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Vadakara – 6 km
  • Mukkali – 13 km
  • Mahe – 17 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Cochin – 221 km
  • Calicut – 76 km
  • Kannur – 50 km
  • Coimbatore – 241 km
  • Bangalore – 363 km
  • Mangaluru – 201 km

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