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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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  • One the oldest temples with folklore of sage agastya lighting the lamp here. First one must visit Ganesh temple, Krishna temple and only then, this temple. This is the order sage Agastya took before l...  more »
  • 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...  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...  more »
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  • Well known Shiva temple where most of celebrities and political leaders come frequently. am not an authentic one to describe the rituals and all but had been there in my childhood, the ambience is good . 👍👌 Former Karnataka CM, Yedyoorappa had a special concern here, he donated an Elephant, 'Kannan' some years back, I guess it still been here.
  • Very powerful lord Shiva temple. Inside temple Dakshina moorty, Parvati devi, and Parashurama also worshipped.
  • The Rajarajeswara temple is a Shiva temple located at Thaliparmba of Kannur districh of Kerala. This temple is also called Thiruchellur and god as Chellur nadhan.The deity is also called Rajadhi Rajan. 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 is as famous as the Siva temples at Vaikom, Ettumanur and Vadakkunnathan temple at Trichur.. It had the tallest shikhara amongst the temples of its time. The Rajadhi Raja temple has a top a stone of about 90 tonnes. If any problem is encountered in any other temples of Kerala , the 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) situated outside the temple. It is believed that when Goddess Sati devi self immolated herself in the sacrificial fire of her father Daksha Prajapathi. The furious Shiva took her body and started dancing as if it was deluge. Understanding that things will go out of hand , Lord Vishnu cut her body in to pieces and it is believed that her head fell in Thaliparambu , and this temple was supposed to commemorate that event. There are also other stories about the origin of the temple. It seems king Mandatha did great penance to please Lord Shiva and when Lord Shiva came in front of him, he presented the lking with a great Shiva Linga and ordered him to consecrate it in a place where there was no cremation ground. After great search, king Mandatha located Thaliparambu and consecrated there and after his death that Shiva LInga was covered by earth. Later King Muchukunda did penance to please Lord Shiva and at the end Lord Shiva gave him a Shiva linga with the same condition that was imposed on Mandatha. He also consecrated it in Thaliparamba and after his salvation that Shiva Linga also vanished. Later a royal sage called Satha soma also pleased Lord Shiva by penance , and Lord Shiva blessed him saying that the Shiva Linga with the same instructions. As per the earlier practice when this idol was also sinking in earth, Sathasoman lit a lap of Ghee and then the God stood firm. Due to this the most important offering to God in this temple is a pot of Ghee. This pot could be earthern or made of silver or gold. The ghee has to be left on the steps of the sanctum sanctorum and is used to keep burning the ghee lamp before the Lord..This is the idol which is being worshipped in Rajadhi Raja Temple of Thaliparamba. A major legend about this temple begins with the visit of the Puranic sage Parashurama, one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Seeing there an ancient shrine of vibrant spiritual power in a dilapidated condition, the sage was grief-stricken and wanted to know its history. Thereupon, sage Narada appeared there and related to him the story of the temple. According to it, sage Sanaka and others, the sons of the creator Lord Brahma, churned the disk of the Sun to lessen its fierce heat. They mixed the dust, which was formed while churning, with the divine nectar of immortality, Amrita, and out of it gave shape to three spiritually to Lord Brahma presented them to Goddess Parvathi, the consort of Lord Shiva. And these were the ones that were given by Lord Shiva to the three kings. And so the temple was built by Sage Parashurama long before the Kali yuga commenced., the architect being Viswa Karma, the architect of the devas. It is believed that sage Agasthya was the one who consecrated this temple. . It was renovated in the eleventh centaury and was renovated later by the the Kolathiri Dynasty Kings. 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 other temples in Kerala.
  • 07/07/2016 REAL SAD DAY FOR ELEPHANTS WITH ANOTHER HEARTBREAKING NEWS!! A bull elephant has died in Kerala this morning due to torture and neglect. The 25 year old elephant was kept by Thalipparambu Rajarajeswara Temple in Kannur district of Kerala State. According to the Heritage Animal Task Force, the Temple doesn't have an ownership certificate and had rented out this elephant, exploiting him during festival seasons. What an unnecessary loss of life!! The death toll has risen to 12 as of July 7th 2016. Words simply can't express how devastated I am!! Chained when he was alive and free in spirit in his death - his legs are still chained but he is liberated from pain and suffering!!
  • very useful women are allowed in the temple after 8:00 p.m only .Mundu /Dhoti is the dress code for men.its available for rent at the temple premises.car parking rent 20 Rs