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Kerala tourism Guide

Lokanarkavu Temple

Lokanarkavu Temple

Lokanarkavu Temple is situated 48 km north of Kozhikode City and 44 km south of Kannur City and lies along a river called Kotakkal Puzha. The nearest Airport is the Karipur International Calicut 87 kms away and the nearest railway station is Vadakara station. Many major trains from north and south Kerala pass through this station and have a stop here.

About Lokanarkavu Temple

Lokanarkavu Temple is located at a place called Memunda just 5 km from Vadakara town towards the northern side of Calicut District in Kerala. Lokanarkavu temple is closely associated with the legendry hero and heroines of Kadathanadu and the goddess Durga of this temple is also known as Lokanarkavilamma was the dearest god of the legendary martial arts exponent Thacholi Othenan of Kadathanadu. Near Lokanarkavu Bagavathy Temple there are three rock cut caves full of candid murals and carvings adorning the walls dating back to centuries. It is believed that Goddess Durga accompanied a whole community of Aryan Bharmins who migrated to Lokanarkavu to settle down and they built this temple about 1500 years back. Even today they consider the deity as their mother instead of a Goddess. Most of the Goddess temples in Kerala are in Madhyama sate and very rarely in Uthama state. Lokanarkavu Temple is the only Goddess temple in Athyuthama state. Lokamalayarkavu stands on a lush land with serene and holy environment which brings a sense of calmness to the mind. The temple has been constructed as per the traditional Kerala Architecture. It is believed that without praying to the ancestors of this temple first the Goddess won’t hear your prayers.

History or Myth

Lokanarkavu Temple or Lokamalayarkavu known locally is a 1500 year old temple built by Aryan Vaishya Brahmins who migrated to this place. The presiding deity in this temple is the mighty goddess Durga with two other temples in the vicinity of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Lokanarkavu Bhagavathy Temple is renowned for its historical significance in Kerala. The legendary Kalaripayttu exponent Thacholi Othenan was an ardent devotee of goddess Durga and he used to come here to worship her every day.

Tips or precaution

  • Do not forget to worship the ancestors first before going in front of the Goddess Sanctum.
  • If you are new to the temple and confused take directions from a staff on how to proceed with the worship.

How to reach

  • flight
    BY AIR
    Lokanarkavu Temple is only 78 Kilometres away from the Calicut International airport. If you are coming by air then it is better to take the train to Vadakara from Calicut station
  • train
    You can reach by train from any part of India. From Vadakara Railway station(4 Kilometers). If you are coming by train get down at Vadakara station and take a bus or auto directly to the temple.
  • bus
    Bus service is available from all the places in Kerala and luxury buses are available from most of the South Indian cities. If you are coming by bus take an auto or private bus from Vadakara City.

Highlights or specialities

  • Annual Mandala Utsavam
  • Poorakkali a traditional dance form like Kalaripayattu during the festival.
  • Pooram festival with Kodiettam and arrattu.


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