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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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  • From Kannur's old bus stand, I could get a bus in a short time. It takes about 45 minutes to reach Taliparamba. Taliparamba is a busy junction. From the junction, the temple is about 1.5 km. Autoricks...  read more »
  • Visited the temple last week and was a great experience. Its a must visit temple in Kannur area. Dhoti is must for men and available at temple counter for Rs-20/- and need to be returned. Children bel...  read more »
  • An excellent temple where lord Shiva blesses his devotees as the king of the kings. It is a must visit place to the Hindus. Please ensure that you wear Dhoti while going to the temple and also carry G...  read more »
  • Sree Rajarajeshwaran God's God.Ohm Namashivaya
  • This Temple is one of its kind having very different customs & rituals. I was fortunate enough to get a Darshan on this Temple; last Oct-15. I assure you a a very divine experience and the vibe (Deva Chaithanya) is extra ordinary in this temple. A very Important Note is Men are allowed to enter the shrine at any time, but women are allowed only after 8 PM. Lord Shiva in the Form of a Jyothir Linga is worshiped as Raja Rajeswara which literally means Emperor of Emperors. Lord Vishnu symbolizes the aspect of maintenance of the universe and lord Shiva its dissolution. Both these aspects are represented in this Jyothirlinga in this shrine and therefore the lord is called Rajarajeshwara, the lord supreme. Unlike in other Shiva temple Bilwa leaf is not used here for the poojas, instead the Tulsi leaf is used. The Rudrabhishekam, which is common in most of the Shiva temples is not performed here. Instead of Monday, Wednesday is the important day of worship here. Unlike in other Shiva temples pradosham is not observed with special significance here. There is no dhaara, the constant pouring of holy water, for the lingam here in other Shiva temple. Some of the other distinctive features of this shrine are there is no Dwajasthambha here and there is no annual festival or ritualistic annual bath. The deity is never taken outside of the precincts of the temple. Devotees offer Neyy-amrithu and Neyy-vilakku and pattrom all these poojas. Ponnumkudam and Vellikkudam, filled with ghee, are offered. If any south Indian temple is facing an unusual problem, devotees seek a solution at this temple by performing a Prashna (An astrological custom). The ancient compound wall is a wondrous architectural marvel built of huge cut stones placed one above the other without any cementing. It is said that Tipu Sultan demolished Temple's large seven-storey Gopuram in 18th Century(Which was the tallest one at that time) & a snake bit the commander of the army who was about to destroy the temple, and following this, the temple was spared from destruction. It is quite admirable that today the temple management is taking very good care of the divine. This is a must visit Temple of Kerala especially If you are a Devotee of Lord Shiva; which is located at Taliparamba in the Kannur district. The famous Parashnini Kadavu muthappan Temple is also located at Taliparamba. May Lord Raja Rajeswara Bless us all.
  • Shiv bhagwan.... ki jai ho. non Hindu not allow this temple
  • 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!!!!! So lucky and proud to be part of this civilization and faith.
  • Beautiful temple of Bhagwaan Shiv ji, from treta yug. Shri Ram bhagwaan also visited at Shri Rajerajeshwar Temple
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