Lokanarkavu Temple

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Lokanarkavu Temple
ലോകനാർകാവ്‌ ക്ഷേത്രം
ലോകനാർകാവ് ഭഗവതി ക്ഷേത്രം 02.jpg
Religion
AffiliationHinduism
DistrictKozhikode
DeityDurga
FestivalsVrischikam Utsavam, Meenam Utsavam, Navaratri
Governing bodyMalabar Devaswom Board
Location
LocationVatakara
StateKerala
CountryIndia
Lokanarkavu Temple is located in Kerala
Lokanarkavu Temple
Location in Kerala
Geographic coordinates11°36′02″N 75°38′02″E / 11.6006°N 75.6339°E / 11.6006; 75.6339Coordinates: 11°36′02″N 75°38′02″E / 11.6006°N 75.6339°E / 11.6006; 75.6339
Architecture
TypeTraditional Kerala style
CompletedRecords indicate the temple to be 1500 years old
Website
http://www.lokanarkavutemple.com/

Lokanarkavu Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated in Memunda 4 km from Vatakara, in Kozhikode District, North Malabar region of Kerala state of south India. Lokanarkavu is a short form of Lokamalayarkavu which means lokam (world) made of mala (mountain), aaru (river) and kavu (grove). The closest railway station is at Vatakara, which is 5 km from temple. Te nearest airport is Kannur airport which is 54 km away.

Pooram is the important festival here and it is conducted with great pomp and show. The week-long festival begins with Kodiyettam (flag hoisting) and concludes with Arattu. The temple dedicated to goddess Durga has great historical importance as Thacholi Othenan, the legendary martial hero of Kerala, used to worship here every day.

Lokanarkavu and Kalarippayattu[edit]

Thirty days Mandala Utsavam in Malayalam month Vrischikam (November–December) and pooram in Malayalam month meenam (March–April) are the annual festival at the Lokanarkavu Bhagavathy Temple. This is the only temple where a peculiar folk dance called Poorakkali is presented during festivals. The dance, resembles the martial art Kalarippayattu. Even today, all Kalaripayattu artists seek the blessings of the deity before their debut due to the association of Lokanarkavu Temple with legendary hero thacholi othenan.

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