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Kottiyoor Mahadeva Temple

Kottiyoor or Kottiyur is a famous Hindu pilgrim center devoted to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The proper name of the temple here is Sri Kottiyoor Mahadeva Kshetram. Kottiyoor temple is located near Kelakam in Kannur district of the southern state Kerala. Sri Kottiyoor temple is also known as the Dakshina Kashi or Varanasi of the South and attracts lakhs of devotees every year during the Vaisakha Maholsavam celebrations. Kottiyoor is totally different from any other temple. Set amidst the jungle, nourished by a flowing river in serene surroundings, you will feel the divine energy the moment you step on this mythical land. The temple is situated on the beautiful Sahya mountain range valley and is blessed with abundant natural beauty. The Bavali river with her medicinal waters flow from the Wayanad ghats on the banks of the temple. On the northern side of the river bank, there is a small lake known as Thiruvanchira and here in the midst of this lake is this temple sans temple. The temple has a Shiva linga believed to be a swayambhu. Swayambhu means born on his own or not man made. The small heap where this Shiva linga is worshipped is known as Manithara. The abhishekam for the Shiva linga is with milk, ghee (clarified butter) and karikku (tender coconut water). In the same lake, there is another heap Ammarakallu where Sree Parvati Devi is worshipped. This way, at Kottiyoor you get the blessings of both Shiva and Shakthi. Kottiyoor is also known by the names Kudiyoor, Dakshina Kashi. Thricherumana, Vdakkumkaavu, Kizhakkumkaavu and Vadakeeswaram. At Kottiyoor, there are two temples - Akkare Kottiyur and Ikkare Kottiyur, located on the opposite banks of Bavali river. Akkare Kottiyur is open during the Kottiyoor Vaisakha Maholsavam festival only. The temple is situated on the beautiful Sahya mountain range valley and is blessed with abundant natural beauty. The Bavali river with her medicinal waters flow from the Wayanad ghats on the banks of the temple. On the northern side of the river bank, there is a small lake known as Thiruvanchira and here in the midst of this lake is this temple sans temple. The temple has a Shiva linga believed to be a swayambhu. Swayambhu means born on his own or not man made. The small heap where this Shiva linga is worshipped is known as Manithara. The abhishekam for the Shiva linga is with milk, ghee (clarified butter) and karikku (tender coconut water). In the same lake, there is another heap Ammarakallu where Sree Parvati Devi is worshipped. This way, at Kottiyoor you get the blessings of both Shiva and Shakthi. Kottiyoor is also known by the names Kudiyoor, Dakshina Kashi. Thricherumana, Vdakkumkaavu, Kizhakkumkaavu and Vadakeeswaram.

Location : Kottiyoor Temple, Kelakam, Kottiyoor, Kannur, Kerala, India.

Gods : Lord Siva

Landmark : Kottiyoor is connected by bus from Thalassery, Kannur (Cannanore) and Mananthavady. Special bus services are arranged during Vaisakha Maholsavam from Thalassery to accomodate the large number of devotees. Nearest railway station : Thalassery Railway station, about 65 km. Nearest airport : Karipur International Airport, Calicut, about 160 km.

Festivals :

Vaisakha Maholsavam
 
The Vaisakha Maholsavam festival is held every year during the months of May - June. The twenty eight day festival commences with the Neyyattam ritual on the Swati Day in Edavam and concludes with the Thrikkalashaattu.
 
The Vaisakha Maholsavam celebrations begin with the ritual of bringing a sword from Muthirerikavu from Wayanad. On the following day, on Visakham star Bhandaram Ezhunnallath ritual is held. Gold, Silver vessels, heavenly ornaments etc are brought from nearby Manathana village to Kottiyoor.
 
An important ritual during the festival is the Elaneer Vayppu or submitting tender coconuts before the swayambhu Shiva linga. On this special day, thousands of tender coconuts carried from different parts of Malabar by the devotees are submitted. The following day, the main priest of the temple, pours the collected coconut water on to the idol which is known as 'Elaneeraattam'.
 
Rohini Aaradhana is a very important ritual which is not seen in any other temple. The priest embraces the swayambhu Shiva linga as part of the ritual. The belief behind this ritual is that Brahma himself worships Lord Shiva to pacify for the loss of Sati.
 
As a part of the festival, a procession (Ezhunnallippu) is held with two elephants carrying the idols of Lord Shiva and Parvathi. After the procession, the elephants are fed well (Aanayootu) and given a formal farewell.

Offerings :

List Of Offerings

  • Pushpanjali    
  • Aayiram Kudam    
  • Thumba Maala    
  • Koovala Maala    
  • Chethi Maala    
  • Thulasi Maala    
  • Koothu    
  • Choroonu    
  • Aal Roopam Samarppanam    
  • Thiruvappam    
  • Aadiya Neyyu    
  • Kalabham    
  • Ganapathi Homam    
  • Elaneer Abhishekam    
  • Theertham    
  • Swarnakudam Samarpanam (book in advance)
  • Vellikudam Samarpanam (book in advance)
  • Deepasthambham Enna    
  • Deepasthambham Neyyu
  • Valiya Vattalam Payasam    
  • 1/2 Vattalam Payasam    
  • 1/4 Vattalam Payasam  

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