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Lokanarkavu Temple in Kozhikode, Kerala

Lokanarkavu Temple, also known as Lokanarkavu Bhagavathy Temple, is one of the main attractions of Kozhikode, and also one of the unique temples in the state. It is situated in Memunda, that is around 5 km from Vadakara in Kozhikode. Lokanarkavu Temple temple is closely associated with the traditional martial art form Kalaripayattu.

Lokanarkavu derived its name from Lokamalayarkavu that means 'lokam' (world) made of 'mala' (mountain), 'aaru' (river) and 'kavu' (grove). The main deity worshipped in the temple is Goddess Durga. The temple has shrines of Lord Vishnu and Shiva. Devotees believe that the temple was founded by 500 Aryan Brahmins who had migrated to the place. It is said that Goddess Durga followed the brahmins to Memunda, temple's location.

The temple has its mentions in Vadakkanpattu. It is believed that Thacholi Othenan, the legendary martial arts hero of Kerala, worshipped Goddess Durga in this temple daily.

Lokanarkavu Temple is Famous For

It’s a 1500-year-old temple visited by the students of Kalarippayattu to seek the Goddess’ blessings, post-training is over.

Festivals/Events Celebrated at Lokanarkavu Temple in Kerala

One of the major festivals celebrated in Lokanarkavu Temple lasts for 41-days. It is celebrated during the Malayalam month of Vrishchikam. A unique dance form – Thacholikali is performed during the festival. The temple is lit with lamps during this festival.

Meenam is celebrated here too. It falls in April/ May and is celebrated over eight days. On day 5 and 6, a traditional dance performance called ‘Theyyambadi Kurup’ is performed, and on day 7 Nadu Valam Vekka and Pallivetta are observed. On the final day, Poorakkali and Poora Pattu are organised.

Poorakkali is a dance performed by men, held during the night. Poorapattu includes songs praising the Goddess.

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