Parassinikkadavu Sri Muthappan Temple

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Parassinikkadavu Sree Muthappan Temple is a famous centre of worship in Kannur (Cannanore), district of Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Muthappan (Lord Shiva). Located at Parassinikkadavu, about 20 km away from Kannur, this temple is unique for its worship styles and rituals. Unlike other temples here the offerings to the deity include toddy (an extract from coconut trees), fish and meat. As a ritual Theyyam is performed on all days in the temple. Theyyam is a ritualistic art form popular in Malabar, the region comprising northern districts of Kerala.
There are several versions of the story of origin of the temple. However the central character in all these stories is a boy with divine powers who came to the place from nowhere and disappeared mysteriously. Villagers who felt the presence of Lord Shiva erected a temple to mark his presence.
 

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