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Valayanad Devi Temple in Kozhikode, Kerala

Valayanad Devi Temple is located in Valayanad close to Kozhikode. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagvathy. It is believed that the Valayanad Devi Temple was constructed in the 14th century by Zamorins. Built-in the traditional Dravidian style architecture, the Sreechakra of the Valayanad Devi Temple is a prime attraction. Designed by Sivayogi Thayyavur Sivasankar, the Sree chakra is placed in the sanctum sanctorum as it is believed that the Goddess resides here. In the sanctum sanctorum, there are carvings of Sapthamathruka in the southern walls. Besides, the temple there are idols of Lord Shiva, Thevaara Bhagavathi, Lord Ayyappa, and Lord Subrahmanya.

Legend states that during the medieval period Kozhikode was ruled by the Zamorin kings. In the war between the Zamorin King and the king of Valluvanad, Zamorin was defeated. Valayanad Bhagvathy was the family deity of Zamorin, and he believed that she favoured Valluva Konathiri. To know the truth, Zamorin prayed to the Goddess and urged her to appear before him, which she did. Zamorin requested her to follow him, the Devi agreed but said she would follow Zamorin only till he doesn’t doubt her, but if he turns back, the Devi will retreat. Zamorin did as was told; however, later, he turned to ensure that the Devi was following him. As per the condition, the Devi decided to return, but as a present to Zamorin’s devotion, she threw her bangle to Kozhikode. The place where the bangle fell is where the temple stands now.

Valayanad Devi Temple is Famous For

Valayanad Devi Temple’s architecture makes it different from other Devi temples in the vicinity. The holy shrine faces north and looks magnificent with four gopurams.

Festivals/Events Celebrated at Valayanad Devi Temple in Kerala

The annual festival in the Valayanad Devi Temple is celebrated for seven days. It commences on the day of the Karthika of Makaram. The rituals involve dipping of the idol in Trissaala Kulam waters in Mankavu. During the festival, Brahmins perform the Uthama Pooja. Offerings and sacrifices are made on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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