Trikkanad temple widely recognized as Dhakshina Kashi which is situated on the shores of Arabian Sea, about 1km from Bekal and also it is devoted to Lord Shiva. It is identified as one of the major Shiva temples and the only one in the district of Kasaragod that faces to the west. It is the sanctified place which is said to be blessed by the presence of great sages and swamis.
The Trikkanad temple is well-known for its diverse customs and rituals that are performed for the welfare of the souls of the dead. On the new moon days, thousands of devotees used to flow to this temple so as to give reverence to their forefathers (pithrutharpanam) with icons made from gold and silver and the devotees perform rituals and take a dip in the sea.
There are lots of historical significant to the Trikkanad temple. Among them one of the most historical significant is that of Pandiyan Kallu. It is a rock rising above the sea and said to be located 2kms from the famous Trikkanad Temple. There is a following myth regarding Pandiyan Kallu that one of the Pandya King attempted to attack the temple through the sea. But their ship was burnt by Lord Shiva. The burnt ship was then turned into a rock which is later on supposed and came to be known as Pandiyan Kallu. It is also a pretty challenging and preferred destination for daring swimmers.
The annual festival is another fact that attracts the attention of lots of people and devotees to the Trikkanad temple which exceeds for one week. The annual festival of this temple used to take place in the month of March- April. The festival starts with the Kodiyettam, in another word flag hoisting. The festival celebrations used to carry out in various ways that include performances of Theyyam and Thitambu Nritham those are the ritual art forms of North Kerala which has the age of more than 700 years. Ashtami Villakku and Pallivetta are the two other well known rituals that are connected with this festival. Pallivetta refers to the hunting voyage of the Lord and it takes place on the last day of the festival. The Pallivetta or hunt is representation of the destruction of Kama or desire, Krodha or anger and other such evils that affects in our life.
Thousand of devotees used to visit the temple from all over the district. It is a temple which keeps unique than from other temples. The ritual of Shiveli is done thrice a day. It is also noticeable that the festival of Onam is celebrated with lots of importance in this temple. The most attractive fact during the festival of onam celebration is that the pookalam.And the given below picture is said to be the pookalam that was made in this temple on the previous onam festival.
It is a temple which is devoted to Lord Shiva. So the festival of Navratri is one of the prominent festivals that used to celebrate in the Trikkanad temple. Last but not the least, I cordially thanking Mr.Mohammed Rashid who shared all the pictures for this blog.