Trichambaram Temple, Kannur

Trichambaram Temple is a Krishna temple located at Taliparamba in the Kannur district of Kerala, South India. The temple is believed to have got the name from Thiru Shambara or the holy Shambara in reverence to Maharishi Shambara who is supposed to have meditated here. The main deity of the temple is Shree Krishna after “Kamsavadham”, sitting in Raudra posture (ferocious posture). This temple is considered equal in status to the world-famous Guruvayoor Temple, and is also called North Guruvayoor, since it is located to the north of Guruvayoor Temple. The temple is managed by TTK Devaswom (Taliparamba, Thrichambaram, Kanjirangad Devasom) which is a major devaswom board administering around 15 temples in Kannur District of Kerala.

It is believed to have been built in the 10th century. The two-storied sanctum sanctorum houses the idol of a child Krishna, triumphant in the annihilation of Kamsa. The sculptures and murals on the walls of the sanctum sanctorum are captivating. The sanctum has beautiful carvings and murals from the 15th and 16th centuries. In the temple complex, there is also a shrine dedicated to goddess Durga which is in middle of a tank. This shrine is one among the 108 Durgalayas of Ancient Kerala. There are shrines for Shiva, Ganapathi, Sastha, Vishvaksena and Snake deities near the temple complex. There are three ponds near this temple.

Temple Festival

The annual temple festival (Utsavam) is a colourful event. The fortnight-long festival begins on Kumbham 22 of Malayalam calendar (which generally falls on 6 March) every year with the Kodiyettam (hoisting of a religious flag) and comes to an end on Meenam 6 (which generallay falls on 20 March) with Koodipiriyal (Ending of this festival). In between these dates, for 11 days, Thitambu Nriththam (a sort of dance with the deities of Krishna and Balarama) is held at Pookoth Nada (1 km from Trichambaram temple).

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