Pilgrimage Tour

Jagannath Temple in Thalassery, Kerala

Jagannath Temple is located in Thalassery. It is one of the most loved temples in Malabar. In 1908, Sree Narayana Guru consecrated the Temple. He actively fought against untouchability in Kerala. The Temple opened its doors for the Harijans in the 1920s. The famous Temple is located near Jagannath Temple Gate Railway Station and is about one kilometre from Thalassery. A small trail on the side of the railway track leads to the Temple. The main deity worshipped here is Lord Shiva. Ezhava Shiva was the name conferred to the idol of Shiva by Sree Narayan Guru, emphasizing that the Temple was open to every caste.

Jagannath Temple walls are whitewashed, and the roof is completed with red clay tiles. The Sreekovil has no windows, and only the priests are allowed inside. The wood carvings on the ceilings of the Temple are beautiful. The Temple depicts Kerala style architecture. A well near the Temple is used for pooja and rituals.

Jagannath Temple is Famous For

The Temple is a replica of the Jagannath Temple, Puri. The idol was built by Thavarali and is made up of Panchaloha- ‘five metals’. A statue of Sree Narayana Guru constructed in Italy was installed in the Temple in 1927 to appreciate his efforts for the backward classes.

Festivals/Events Celebrated at Jagannath Temple in Thalassery, Kerala

  • The annual temple festival commences on the Punartham day in Kumbham month. The festival lasts for eight days.
  • Rath Yatra festival is celebrated on the full moon during May-June. On the day of the Rath Yatra, the idols are brought out & placed in their chariots, which are placed near Singhadwar. The idols of Sudarshana, Balabhadra, followed by Subhadra & Jagannath are taken to chariots in a ceremony. At night, the idols return to their in the Temple in a procession & are placed in Anasarapindi. 
  • Before Rath Yatra, the Gods give ‘Darshan’ to keen devotees. This ‘Darshan’, is also known as ‘Navajouvan Darshan’. The festival is also known as Ghosha Yatra and the Gundicha Yatra by the locals.

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