Women Are Allowed Only After 8 PM At This Shiva Temple In Kannur District In Kerala

by Shreya Rathod
Women Are Allowed Only After 8 PM At This Shiva Temple In Kannur District In Kerala

The ‘God of Destruction’ — Shiva is one of the most prominent deities worshipped in Hinduism and has many temples dedicated to him. But out of one hundred and eight ancient temples, the Rajarajeshwara temple in the Kannur district of Kerala is a unique one. A prominent place in South India, this temple has one of the tallest shikhara. According to the legends, Sage Parashurama had supposedly renovated this temple. It is also believed to be one of the Shakti Peethams. After Sati (wife of Shiva) burned herself, Lord Vishnu destroyed her body and her head fell here. But that’s not the only interesting fact, read further to know about it. 

Splendour Of Rajarajeshwara Temple

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The temple is built in Kerala-style architecture and a beautiful Kalasham is situated on its roof. The temple has four doors on each side, however, the south and east-facing doors are open. Through the eastern door, you can see the majestic Jyothirlingam. And on the left side, there is an auspicious lamp which was lit by sage Agastya. On the floor, there is an array of ghee lamps on both sides of the Jyotirlinga. 

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Religious Rites Followed At The Temple

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Just like the temple, the customs followed here are also unique. While men are allowed to enter at any time, women are only allowed to enter after 8:00 pm. In ancient times, pregnant women were told to visit three prominent temples in Taliparamba. Though these customs are not followed today, it was believed that Lord Shiva at Rajarajeshwara temple assured that the child would get a high status. Apart from this, the temple is considered sacred to perform Koodiyattam, a traditional performing art. 

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Even today, this shrine is visited by many devotees who seek blessings in their endeavours and professions. So, what do you think about this? Have you ever visited a temple with unique customs? Comment below.

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