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Rajarajeswara Temple in Thaliparamba Kannur:
The Rajarajeswara temple in Thaliparamba in Kannur district is one of the famous Shiva Temples in Kerala in general and in North Malabar in particular. This temple is also known ‘THRICHAMBARAM’ temple for the devotees in and around Kannur and Kasargod districts. Devotees are coming to the Rajarajeswara Temple not only from these twin districts but even from other districts also. Few months back when there was a crisis in the Karnataka government, the Chief Minister of Karnataka - our neighboring state - Shri B.S. Yediyurappa visited the temple for the blessings of Lord Rajarajeswara. Few years back the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Smt. Jayalalitha have donated an elephant to the temple as a mark of her extreme religious zeal and affection to the Thrichambarathappan. In the main deity of this temple is both Lord Vishnu – the creator and maintainer of Universe – and Lord Shiva – the terminator - are represented and therefore the temple is called Shree Rajarajeswara – the Lord of Supreme.
History Behind The Rajarajeswara Temple:
The Shiva Lingam here is believed to be several thousands of years old. The story of the temple goes like this. A sage started praying lord Shiva. Lord Shiva pleased with the prayer (Thapuss) and presented one Shiva Lingam to him and said that the Shiva Lingam should be installed in such a place where there is no burial ground. After a long search, he found a suitable place to install the Shiva Lingam in Thaliparamba. Another story being told is that Lord Shiva gave three sacred Shiva Lingam to Parvathi for worship. Once upon a time a sage – Maandhata - won the favour of Lord Shiva with intense prayers. Siva was so pleased that he presented one of the Siva Lingams to him with the restriction that it should be installed only at a place where there was no burial ground. The sage, after searching all over, found the place Thaliparamna the most sacred spot and installed the Lings in Thaliparamba.
How to reach Rajarajeswara Temple?
Thaliparamba is on the National Highway–17 and the Rajarajeswara temple is situated 23 Kms. northeast of Kannur city. From Kasargod 83 Kms towards south. The devotees coming from Mangalore have to travel about 135 Kms. south on Kasargode – Kannur route via. Manjeswaram, Kanchangad, Nileswaram, Payyanur, Pilathara, Pariyaram to reach Thaliparamba. The nearest Railway stations are Kannur and Payyanur. Plenty of busses are running to Thaliparamba from all the above places. The 21 days annual festivals start in first week of March every year. There are boarding and lodging facilities in Thaliparama city comparatively on cheap rate.
Sree Rajarajeswara Temple,
Kerala - 670 141,