Vinaayaka Hotel near Tali Shiva Temple. Kozhikode

My Location@02:27,28/6 kandamkulam cross Rd, Kozhikode, Kerala, India http://m.google.co.uk/u/m/zH0xsA

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Tali Shri Shiva Maha Kshetram °°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°

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Situated in the heart of the Kozhikode Town, about 1 Km east of the Railway Station this ancient Shiva temple is a treasure house of historical memoris . Trusteeship : Zamorin of Calicut. The history and prosperity of Kozhikode town is closely linked with the sanctity of this ancient temple.

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The Jyothirlingam in the sanctum – Sanctorum of the Temple was installed towards the end of Dwaparayuga by Sage Parasurama, who created Kerala, by retrieving the land from the sea by throwing his powerful axe from the top of Sahyadri, as per hindu belief.

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The posture in the sanctum-sanctorum is that of Umamaheswara.

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Though this divine power existed from time immemorial, the attention of the citizens of Kozhikode was (bestowed on the temple) only by about 1500 years ago. It reached its zenith during the rule of the Zamorins, who had the prestigious title Sailabdheswara (The lord of the mountain and the sea). The platform facing the sanctum-sanctorum, the four walls skirting the sanctum- sanctorum with the lighted lamps on all the four sides, Dwajastambam, Anakottil (flag- staff platform for elephants) the gopurams (large entrance gate), Deepasthambhum (pillars of lighting) and large outer walls are all there in the grand temple. Tali Ganapathy, Thevarathil Ganapathy, Thirumandhakunnu Bhagavathy, are all the additional deities located in the inner walls of the temple. Outside the inner wall, but within the temple premises are Lord Ayyappa in the south west. Thevarathil Bhagavathy just behind Lord Ayyappa and Naga in the west, facing in the eastern direction. In the north eastern side, just outside the Siva Temple premises, but inside the four wall of the temple, there is a separate Vishnu temple with a Dwajastambam of its own.

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Besides there is a small temple dedicated to Narasimha Moorthy in the southern side of the Vishnu Temple. Inside the compound and north of this also Eranjipuram.

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Inside the four walls of the Sreekrishna Temple, there is also the presence of Sreevalayanad Bhagavati. So with its special architectural beauty and the presence of several Gods and Goddesses in the premises, this great temple has special significance of its own.

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This temple also got a special place in the cultural history of Kerala. It was here that Revathi Pattathanam, a sort of seminar on Bharatha Meemamsa, Prabhakara Meemamsa, Vedanta Meemamsa and vyakarana were conducted. Eminent pandits and philosopherm from far and near used to participate in this unique function. This is still being conducted annually here. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, eighteen and a half poets used to assemble here.

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With respectful regards prostating before theLotus feet of Lord Siva…

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