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Azhakodi Devi Temple, Kozhikode Overview

Situated in the heart of Kozhikode city in Thiruthiyadu, Azhakodi Devi Temple ( also known as Azhakodi Devi Mahashekthram) is one of the most ancient and renowned Devi temples. The presiding deity is ‘Bhadrakali’ poses in a calm disposition; the other seven maternal incarnations being- brahamani, maheshwari, kowmari, vaishanavi, vaarahi, indarni and chamundi. A Shivalinga is also present in the temple premises and is highly revered. The shrine is the only existing place of worship in Kerala which has two Devis are the chief deities.

The majestic idol of Shiva installed in the temple complex symbolises the very famous sensuous dancing sequence of Lord Shiva along with Goddess Parvathi at dusk- ‘Anthimahakaalan’; the idol of Nataraja symbolizes the rhythmic Thandava danced by Lord Shiva. However, the major attraction of the Azhakodi Devi temple is the ‘Kizhakkekavu’ (the kavu on the east). Hindu Goddess Kali enshrines the ‘Kizhakkekavu’ and the shrine is thronged by pilgrims day in and day out. Navratri Mahotsav and Vijaydashmi are the main festivals of the temple and are celebrated with full grandeur and vigour.

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Legend of Azhakodi Devi Temple

The most prominent legend behind the temple goes to say that the samoothiri entrusted six of his generals to Azhakodi Devi Temple which was then called “Arikkodikkavu”. The presiding idol of ‘Bhavani devi’ was also given by the samoothiri who in turn got it from a trader of Gujarat. The temple was called ‘Arikkodikkavu’ till 1965 and later on it came to be known as Azhakodi Devi Temple.

Facilities at Azhakodi Devi Temple

Azhakodi devi Temple boasts of a beautiful and splendid Kalyana Mandapan with a grand stage to conduct wedding processions and ceremonies. The huge auditorium can accommodate up to 1000 people. The temple also has a large parking space for the convenience of the guests. The enormous dining hall can serve food to 450 people at once; and the adjacent kitchen is well-furnished and stacked to prepare food for 2500 guests at a time.

Dress Code at Azhakodi Devi Temple

The temple follows a strict dress code. Both men and women are expected to dress modestly preferably in traditional Indian clothes. Men are made to take off their upper garments including their shirts and vests. Women should ideally be wearing traditional sarees or North Indian suits. In any case, their shoulders, arms and legs should be covered.

Best Time To Visit Azhakodi Devi Temple

Navratri Mahotsav and Vijaydashmi are the main festivals of the temple and are celebrated with full grandeur and vigour. It is recommended to visit the temple at the same time to witness the celebrations and the festivities in full swing.

How To Reach Azhakodi Devi Temple

Azhakodi Devi Temple is situated at a distance of 1.5 km from the Mofussil bus stand and 2.5 km from the KSRTC Bus stand in the Kozhikode city. You can reach the temple in cabs, autos, taxis and state-run buses. Alternatively, you can drive down to the spot.

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