Parassinikadavu Sri Muthappan Temple

Saivam and Vainavam

 

Overview

Parassinikadavu Sri Muthappan Temple,  the banks of Valapattanam river which originates in western ghats and empties itself in Arabian sea. We can call it a holy river as it is an ornament for various shrines including Kottiyoor hills. It is the sacred Bavali river.We have not exact date of inception of this temple but it has 450 years history.Valapattanam river about 10 km from Taliparamba in Kannur District, Kerala.The surroundings of the temple provide a beautiful landscape thanks to the presence of the lovely river. The rich presence of the coconut trees add an extra charm to the location. It is a sleepy village. Though the arrival of pilgrims and tourists are ever increasing, no major urbanization has taken place here. Muthappan and Thiruvappan are considered to be manifestations of Shiva and Vishnu respectively.Worship of Muthappan is unique in that it does not follow the Satvic Brahminical form of worship, as in other Hindu temples of Kerala. The main mode of worship is via a ritual enactment of Muthappan, performed daily at the Parassinikadavu temple. Fish and toddy is used as an offering to Muthappan, and people of all castes, religions and nationalities are permitted to enter the temple and take part in the worship.
 
Muthappan is the principal deity in the ritualistic Theyyam dance performed in the famous Parassinikkadavu temple. The ritual performers of Muthappan Theyyam belong to the Vannan community of Kerala. The puja rituals and rites for Muthappan are performed by the Thiyya community.
The Naduvazhi  Ayyankara  Vazhunnavar  was unhappy, as he had no child. His wife Padikutty Antharjanam was a devotee of Lord Shiva. She made a sacrifice to Shiva for children. One day in her dream she saw the Lord. The very next day, while she was returning after a bath from a nearby river, she saw a pretty child lying on a flower bed. She took the child home and she and her husband brought Him up as their own son.
 
The boy used to visit the jungle near their house (mana) for hunting with His bow and arrows. He would then take food to the poor and mingle with the backward communities. As these acts were against the Namboothiri way of life, His parents earnestly requested Him to stop this practice, but the boy turned a deaf ear to their warnings. Ayyankara Vazhunavar became very disappointed.
 
Ayyankara Vazhunavar decided to take the matters in his hand and admonished him.The boy revealed His divine form  to His parents. They then realized that the boy was not an ordinary child but God. They prostrated themselves in front of Him surrendering themselves to him.
 
He then started a journey from Ayyankara. The natural beauty of Kunnathoor detained Him. He was also attracted by the toddy of palm trees.
 
Chandan  knew that his toddy was being stolen from his palm trees, so he decided to guard them. While he was keeping guard at night, he caught an old man stealing toddy from his palms. He got very angry and tried to shoot the man using his bow and arrows but fell unconscious before he could let loose even one arrow.
 
Chandan's wife came searching for him. She cried brokenheartedly when she found him unconscious at the base of the tree. She saw an old man at the top of the palm tree and called out to Him as "Muthappan"She earnestly prayed to the God to save her husband. Before long, Chandan regained consciousness.She offered boiled grams, slices of coconut, burnt fish and toddy to the Muthappan.  She sought a blessing from Him. Muthappan chose Kunnathoor as His residence at the request of Chandan. This is the famous Kunnathoor Padi.
 
After spending some years at Kunnathoor, Sree Muthappan decided to look for a more favorable residence so that He could achieve His objective of His Avataram. He shot an arrow upward from Kunnathoor. The shaft reached Parassini where the famous Parassini Temple stands today. The arrow, when it was found, was glowing in the Theertha (sacred water) near the temple. The arrow was placed on the altar. Since then, Lord Sree Muthappan has been believed to reside at Parassinikkadavu. when thiruvappan traveled through the jungle he reached puralimala near Peravoor and met another muthappan, Thiruvappan called him cherukkan (meaning young boy in Malayalam) and accompanied him .this second muthappan is called as Vellattam.this theyyam carries round shaped throne made of hay. now thiruvappan is called as muththappan and the second muthappan is called as VellatamThe temple is also a popular destination for travellers and pilgrims to savour the charm of Theyyam, a ritual that is performed here on a daily basis. Men adorning masks and costumes with a riot of colours perform this temple art form and it represents conflict between good and evil, with good ultimately emerging victorious.
 
Parassinikadavu is at 22 km from Kannur town. Kannur municipal bus stand is the major bus terminal nearest to the temple.
 
Nearest Bus Stand: Kannur
 
Airport: Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode and Mangalore Airport.
 
Nearest railway station : Kannur, about 16 km
 

Location

Country
India
State
Kerala
City
Kannur
Location
Parassinikadavu
Address
Parassinikadavu Sri Muthappan Temple, Parassinikkadavu, Kannur District, Kerala 670563.
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Open Year
450 years
Visiting Hours
Every Morning from 5.45 to 8a.m; vellattam is also performed at evening by around 6.30p.m.

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