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Lokanarkavu Temple, Vadakara

Lokanarkavu Temple, a well-known pilgrim centre in northern Kerala, is frequently referred to in the Vadakkan Pattukal (ballads of North Kerala). It is believed that the legendary hero Thacholi Othenan was a devotee of the goddess, Lokanarkavilamma. The temple dedicated to Goddess Durga is renowned because of its intimate association with the valiant heroes and heroines of the northern ballads.

The temple is famous for its wall paintings as well. These fascinating murals are centuries old, making the temple a protected heritage site of the Kerala Archaeology Department. Exquisitely painted using natural colours, the murals include depictions of gods and goddesses. They also contain erotic art, which is rarely found in northern Kerala temples.

The annual festival of Lokanarkavu is celebrated on Pooram asterism in the Malayalam month of Meenam (Mid-March- Mid April). Poorakkali is a folk artform popular in the northern part of Kerala. During the annual festival, Poorakkali performances are conducted here.  

Lokanarkavu is believed to be the family temple of the Aryans who migrated to Kerala. Even now, their descendants have special rights here. Thacholikkali, a fusion of various art forms including Kathakali, Kolkali, and Velakali, is exclusively performed at this temple.

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Lokanarkavu Temple, Vadakara

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