Lokanarkavu Temple

Lokanarkavu Temple is in Lokanarkavu 4 km from Vatakara, in Kozhikode District, and 25 km from Thalassery. Lokanarkavu is a short form of Lokamalayarkavu which means lokam (world) made of mala (mountain), aaru (river) and kavu (grove). It is the official family temple of the 500 Aryan Nagariks] who had migrated to Kerala and their successors. The closest railway station is at Vadakara, which is 5 km from temple. Te nearest airport is Calicut airport which is 82 km away.

lokanarkavu temple

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.

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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