Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, Parassinikadavu

Parassinikadavu Muthappan temple is a temple, positioned at Parassinikadavu in Anthoor Municipality on the banks of the Valapattanam river about 10 km from Taliparamba and sixteen km from Kannur city in Kannur District, Kerala.Foremost deity of the temple is Sree Muthappan, whose divinity is offered as a ritualistic theyyam enactment in two variations called Thiruvappana and Vellattam. In keeping with the neighborhood subculture the presiding deity is a manifestation of Lord Shiva. Vellattam and Thiruvappana are the established names for 2 types of ‘Theyyam Ketti-aadal ‘ inside the kavu/temples of North Malabar.

Vellattom is a minor model of the ritual enactment in which the ornaments, decorations and parapharnelia are minimal thanks to which all actions which includes vaaythari (speech) is most and Attam (dance) may be at its top. If you compare this level of enactment to the idol of a deity in a temple sanctum that is set up as per sathwic sasthra and vedic rituals, Vellattom is at par with the idol alone with out the prabha-mandalam which circles it. A more less complicated instance is the Seeveli ceremony with best the small idol on pinnacle of the elephant. Alternatively, Thiruvappana is the total model, with royal regalia and bigger measurement of prabhamandalam. Due to the fact the decorations are more and are of binding nature, the action is minimal and slow and the uriyaadal (replies to prayers) could be crisp, to the factor and predictions might be correct. To compare, Thiruvappana stands at par with temple idol with the Prabha-mandalam (representing the auric circle) around it and the Seeveli with the large Swarna-Kolam masking the small idol on top of the elephant .

Muthappan is taken into consideration because the manifestation of Lord Shiva himself in Nayattu (hunter) layout. The Vellattam which comes to begin with is Siva himself because the stated minimum model. But the Vellattom which comes along with the grand Thiruvappana of Muthappan later on, is the minimum model of Vishnu who consistent with mythology, involves Siva’s assistance when he started out travelling with the poykannu (blindfold) and started out suffering serious problems to travel and hunt for food. Rituals of the temple is unique in that it does not observe the Satvic Brahminical shape of worship, as in different Hindu temples of Kerala. The principle mode of worship is the ritual enactment of each the variations of Muthappan, thru a traditional dance called Muthappan Theyyam.Fish, meat and toddy are the standard offerings to Muthappan.Muthappan Thiruvoppana Mahothsavam is the foremost pageant of the temple, celebrated for three days every yr on 19, 20 and 21 of Kumbham (the days correspond to 3, four and 5 March).

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How to reach

  • By Road: Parassinnikkadavu is 4 km from Kadambery. There are buses, auto-rickshaws and taxis are available to the temple.
  • By Train: The nearest railway station is Kannur Railway Station, at a distance of 20 km from the temple.
  • By Air: The nearest airport is the Calicut International Airport, at a distance of 137 km from the temple.
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How to reach

  • Nearest airport is Calicut International Airport
  • Nearest railway station is Kannur¬†
  • Nearest bus station is Kadambery
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