Lokanarkavu Temple is famous and holy shrine for hindu people in Kozhikode. This temple is also known as Lokanarkavu Bhagavathi Temple.
Location : Lokanarkavu Temple is located at Memunda, about 5 km from Vadakara (or Badagara) in Kozhikode district of Kerala
About Lokanarkavu Temple
Lokanarkavu Temple is religious shrine and one of the well-known tourist attraction in Kozhikode. The word Lokanarkavu is a Malayalam word and it is a short term of Lokamalayarkavu that made of 4 word combination. Which means lokam (world) made of mala (mountain), aaru (river) and kavu (grove). This temple is associated with the heroes and heroines of the Vadakkanpattu (Northern Ballads)of Kerala, combines an arresting simplicity and a legendary aura.
This temple is also known as Lokamalayar Kavu Temple. Presiding deity of this Temple is Goddess Durga who is named as Lokanarkavilamma (Lokanarkavil Amma). People believed that this is 1500-year old Goddess Durga temple. This temple also has 2 other well-knnown shrine that are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. This temple also has a great historical importance as Thacholi Othenan, the legendary martial hero of Kerala, used to worship here every day. Due to its religious and historical importance this temple is attracts many visitors form near by state. Large numbers of people from various places flock here to see the festival.
Open timing : The temple is open to the devotees from 5 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 8 pm every day.
Main Festival : Pooram is the important festival that are celebrated with joy and pleasure. This festival is celebrated in March- April. It is a week long festival which begins with Kodiyettam (flag hoisting) and concludes with Arattu.
Other Famous festival that are celebrated with full of joy and pleasure is Mandala Utsavam. It is a 30 day festival and it is celebrated in Malayalam month Vrischikam (November-December).
Main Attraction : Poorakkali is a peculiar folk dance that are performed only in this temple is main attraction. This dance is performed during festival time. Another attraction is that all the lamps on the walls of the Lokanarkavu Bhaghawathi Temple are lit on the occasion.