Sri Rajarajeswara Temple, Kannur

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The Rajarajeswara temple is a Shiva temple located at Taliparamba in the Kannur district of Kerala, South India.The temple is regarded as one of the existing 108 ancient Shiva Temples of Kerala. It also has a prominent place amongst the numerous Shiva temples in South India. It had the tallest shikhara amongst the temples of its time. The Rajarajeshwara temple has a top of about 90 tonnes. If any problem is encountered in the other temples of South India, devotees seek a solution in this temple through a prasna, a traditional method of astrological decision making. The prasna is conducted on a peedha (a raised platform) outside the temple.Legendarily, it was supposedly renovated by Sage Parashurama, long before the Kali Yuga commenced. Several centuries ago it was renovated by the Mushika (Kolathiri) dynasty kings. This temple was rebuilt into its present form in the early eleventh century. The quadrangular sanctum has a two-tiered pyramidal roof; in front of the sanctum is the namaskara mandapam, but the temple has no kodi maram (flagstaff), unlike others in Kerala. Non-Hindus are not permitted to enter.Legends and historyThe temple at Taliparamba is among the 108 ancient Kerala temples dedicated to Shiva. It is as famous as the Shiva temples at Vaikom, Ettumanur and Vadakkunnathan temple at Trichur.Taliparamba is regarded as one of the ancient Shakti Peethams. Legend has it that the head of Sati (Goddess/ wife of shiva) fell here after Shiva's tandavam following Sati's self-immolation.Sati was the daughter of Daksh, a respected Hindu king who had a disregard for Shiva.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Shri Rajarajeswara temple is located at Taliparamba and is one of the biggest and oldest temples in North Malabar. the presiding Diety is Lord Shiva whose ethereal presence, one can always feel even i...  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    Pilgrims will get rarest feeling at the time of visiting Raja rajeshwara temple. Now I did not disclose the speciality of this temple. Try to visit the temple and feel blessings of Rajarajeshwara.....  more »
  • June 30, 2017
    This was my first visit to this temple , and was overwhelmed with the vibrant energy. Though it was raining heavily there, and the last pooja of the day got over, the place was very crowded. This temp...  more »
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  • July 13, 2017
    It is nice temple But many restrictions for entry. Ladies entry is only after evening. Gents entry only with dothi . Shirt or pants not permitted. Entry is only for Hindu
  • March 21, 2017
    A great and ancient temple where you can really feel the divine vibes. A lamp which was lit by Sage Agastya 1800 years before still burns here. A must visit for spiritual minded people.
  • June 7, 2017
    The Rajarajeswara temple is a Shiva temple located at Taliparamba in the Kannur district of Kerala, South India.The temple is regarded as one of the existing 108 ancient Shiva Temples of Kerala. It also has a prominent place amongst the numerous Shiva temples in South India. It had the tallest shikhara amongst the temples of its time. The Rajarajeshwara temple has a top of about 90 tonnes. If any problem is encountered in the other temples of South India, devotees seek a solution in this temple through a prasna, a traditional method of astrological decision making.The prasna is conducted on a peedha (a raised platform) outside the temple. Legendarily, it was supposedly renovated by Sage Parashurama, long before the Kali Yuga commenced. Several centuries ago it was renovated by the Mushika (Kolathiri) dynasty kings. This temple was rebuilt into its present form in the early eleventh century. The quadrangular sanctum has a two-tiered pyramidal roof; in front of the sanctum is the namaskara mandapam, but the temple has no kodi maram (flagstaff), unlike others in Kerala. Non-Hindus are not permitted to enterAccording to the traditional system of visiting this temple, the devotee first worships Lord Krishna at the shrine of Vasudevapuram on the southern bank of the vast temple tank known as Aashraamath-chira, where there is a beautiful idol of Krishna playing the flute. The sweet melody from Krishna's flute symbolizes the supreme spiritual harmony that prevails in the background of the universe of diversities, which one can experience by spiritually elevating oneself. Worship of Krishna before entering the great temple of Shiva symbolizes the essential unity of lords Vishnu and Shiva as two aspects of the supreme reality. There are other special features in this temple that highlight this unity. It is believed that there was an ashram of sage Agasthya on the bank of this temple tank. The tank was reconstructed in the present stage. It is said about 460 years ago by a devotee, Chittoor Namboodiripad. Then, proceeding towards Sree Rajarajeswara temple one worships at the shrine of Sree Bhoothanatha (Kumbhodhara), who is the chief lieutenant of lord Shiva. Kumbhodhara is also known as Aravathappan. Sri Krishna and Sri Bhoothanatha are considered the accompanying deities of lord Rajarajeswara. The temple covers a spacious compound of about eight acres surrounded by a compound wall with two gopurams on the eastern and western sides. The ancient compound wall is a wondrous architectural marvel built of huge cut stones placed one above the other without any cementing mortar, broad at the base and tapering towards the top. The main gate is on the east before one enters the temple; one turns eastwards and offers prayers to lord Vaidyanatha (kanhirangaatt-appan), an aspect of lord Shiva worshiped as the lord of physicians, enshrined in temple about 6 km from Rajarajeswara temple.
  • May 6, 2017
    My long pending pilgrimage wish now possible. Thank God ! Ladies allowed only after 7.30.p.m to 8.30 P.m along with gee pot only ( available at the entrance) Men with dhothi only.Even bermooda not allowed.Ladies hand bag not allowed. Very strict.
  • March 24, 2017
    Well known Shiva temple in kerala One of the best temple in kerala The lamp inside this temple is believed to be lit by Shri Agasthya Maharishi in Treta Yuga. Since then the oil is being replenished, cotton wicks have been replaced and the priests handed over from generation to generation. The flame remains uninterrupted!!!!!

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