God and Godess :

  • Durga devi(Bhagavathi)
  • Ganapathy
  • Dakshinamoorthy
  • Ayyappan

Location :

Kozhikode Varakkal Durga Devi Temple
Varakkal devi temple, Near Varakkal beach,
West Hill, Kozhikode / Calicut city,
Kozhikode district – 673005

Timings :

  • Morning – 5.00AM to 12PM
  • Evening – 5.30PM to 8PM

Temple History :

Varakkal Durga Devi Temple is located in West Hill within the town. It is one of the 108 Durga temples and the last one founded by Parasurama. Goddess Durga Devi is the presiding deity of this temple. This is the famous temple situated between the natural attractions. This temple was once a promotion center of art and cultural activities of Malabar in the long past. Along with Goddess Bhagavathi(Durga Devi), there are some other deities giving darshan in the same temple. The sub-deities are – Ganapathy and Dakshinamoorthy. Also, there is a separate shrine for Lord Ayyappan outside the premises of Durga Devi temple.

The legend says, upon the penance of Parasuraman in Threthayuga (a particular ancient period), Durga Devi appeared and said I will be present in Theertharoopam on the Chothi star day and Vavu (full moon day) to bless the devotees. Following this, Parasuraman erected the temple. In the initial period of the temple, there were proper daily rituals. Afterward, the rituals were given a holiday for lack of funds or some other reasons. The people of the region started experiencing the impact of negligence to the shrine. Hearing this, the rulers at the time, Perumallors, came on the scene and arranged for daily rituals. Soon the shrine leaped into the position of Mahakshetra (big temple). Later, Zamorins took charge of the temple, renovated and modified the structure to the present state. Even today the temple is managed by Zamorin family. The festival is Navarathri which is celebrated with great fanfare. Vavu Bali (a ritual for the departed souls) is conducted on the full moon day in the month of Thulam (October/November). Thousands of people who have undergone fast the previous day assemble on Varakkal beach and the priests of the temple administer the ceremonies for each individual who performs the Vavu Bali for his dear and near departed souls. The perception is that the Vavu Bali satisfies the departed souls and they stand guard to the living dear and near ones.

Festivals :

  • Navaratri
  • Vavubali – Month of Thulam (October/November)

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Pushpanjali
  • Padivilakku
  • Naivilakku
  • Thrikalapooja
  • Swayamvara Pushpanjali
  • Santhana Gopala Pooja
  • Ganapathy Homam
  • Thila Homam

Nearest Temples Around Kozhikode Varakkal durga devi temple :

  • Alathiyur Sri Anjaneya temple – Malappuram district – 59.00 km
  • Angadipuram Thirumandhamkunnu bhagavathi temple – Malappuram district – 70.00 km
  • Pulpalli Seetadevi temple – Wayanad district – 102.00 km
  • Cherukkunnu Sri Annapoorneswari Temple – Kannur district – 103.00 km
  • Thirunelli Mahavishnu Temple – Wayanad district – 121.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Kozhikode – 5 km
  • Kunnamangalam – 14 km
  • Mavoor – 24 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • West Hill – 0.7 km
  • Kozhikode – 8 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Trivandrum – 383 km
  • Cochin – 180 km
  • Calicut – 34 km
  • Kannur – 90 km
  • Coimbatore – 200 km
  • Mangaluru – 242 km

Photos of the temple :