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Varakkal Temple, Kozhikode Overview

Located at the West Hill in town area, Varakkal Temple is the 108th and also the last Devi Temple built by Lord Parshuram, the legendary founder of Kerala. A common myth states that Lord Parshuram ploughed this area in order to make the Devi appear in front of him. Popular for promoting cultural arts in the ancient era, the temple is thronged by thousands of devotees annually to perform Vaavu Bali. Vaavu Bali is the most ominous ritual of the place performed for the departed souls.

Enshrined by Goddess Bhagvathy, the temple has smaller shrines of Ganapati, Dakshinamoorthy and Sree Ayyappan. Another major festival of the temple is Navratri which is celebrated with a lot of zeal and fervour.

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Legend of Varakkal Temple

Legend goes to say that Lord Parshuram prayed to Goddess in Threthayuga (ancient period of time). The Devi appeared before him and promised to be present at a particular place on the Vaavu day (full-moon night) to bless the followers. On hearing this, Lord Parshuram established the temple at the spot. Over the years, the pilgrims started abandoning this shrine gradually. So later, Zamorin took responsibility of the temple, got it renovated and modified and started the traditions on a full-fledged scale again. Till date, the temple is managed by the successors of Zamorin.

Festivals at Varakkal Temple

Vaavu Bali is the most important festival aka ritual of the temple performed on the full moon day of the Thulam (October/ November) month. Ceremoniously the customs and rituals are performed for the departed souls to give them peace. The family members (performing the pooja) fast on the previous day and the priests administer the pooja on the Varakkal beach the following day. Navratri is another festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm and great fanfare.

How To Reach Varakkal Temple

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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