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Sree Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple

Sree Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple

Parassinikadavu Muthappan temple is located 10 km from Taliparamba town and 22 km from Kannur town in Kannur District along the banks of Valapattam River. The nearest airport is Karipur International Airport Calicut and the nearest railway station is Kannur 16 km away. Muthappan temple is well connected by road from all the cities in Kerala.

About Sree Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple

Parassinikadavu Muthappan is deity commonly worshipped in North Malabar. Unlike other temples the mode of worship here is through ritual enactment performed daily. People belonging to all religions, caste and nationalities are allowed to take part in the worship. The legend of the temple is that Muthappan was the adopted son of a feudal lord Ayyankara Naduvazhi who was a Brahmin. Muthappan broke all the rules of Brahmanism and stated eating cooked meat with the tribal in the area and once when his mother scolded him he showed his true cosmic figure and told them who he really is. After revealing himself he left his house and on the way he got associated with toddy. Once a toddy tapper saw him stealing toddy and he tried to attack with his bow and arrow but fell unconscious. Toddy tappers wife begged by him to spare his life by calling him Muthappa with respect and since then he came to be known a Muthappan. He made is abode near valapattanam river in Parassinikadavu.

History or Myth

Muthappan temple also known as Parassinikadavu Muthappan temple is situated on the banks of Valapattam river. The deity here is an embodiment of the divine powers of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu and the deity is also known as Thiruvappan and Vellattam. The ritual conducted in this temple is totally different and does not follow the satvik Brahminical form of worship as in other Hindu temples. The customary offerings to appease the deity of this temple are fish, meat and toddy.

Tips or precaution

  • Since the rituals are different take directions from a temple staff before worship.
  • If you are new to Kannur then take help from a police aid post or a tourist centre to reach the temple.

How to reach

  • flight
    BY AIR
    Sri Muthappan Temple, Parassinikkadavu is only 136 Kilometres away from the Calicut International Airport(Karipur).
  • train
    You can reach by train from any part of India. Nearest railwaystation is Kannur Railway Station(20 Kilometers).
  • bus
    Bus service is available from all the places in Kerala and luxury buses are available from most of the South Indian cities.

Highlights or specialities

  • Puthari Thiruvappana festival
  • Muthappan Theyyam celebrated the whole year
  • Muthappan Thiruvoppana Mahothsavam
  • Customary offering of Fish, meat and toddy


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