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Thiruchopuram

This is the temple where Chitragupta worshipped Lord Shiva and got appointed as the clerk of Yama the God of Death. It was his destiny to die at the age of 12. The mental agony of his father Vasudutta was uncontrollable. Chitragupta consoled him and began worshipping Lord Shiva. When Yama came to catch him, Lord Shiva sent Mother Parvathi and prevented Yama approaching Chitragupta. Mother ordered Yama to leave Chitragupta as he was a devotee of Lord Shiva. Yama obeyed Mothers order and accepted Chitragupta as his assistant. Chitragupta is always 12. There is a shrine for him in the temple. It is customary in Shiva temple to close the doors after the Arthajama Puja to Lord Bhairava. Here the same puja is performed both to Bhairava and chitragupta. Special pujas and abishek are performed to him on Chitra Poornima day. Devotees offer curd rice to him as nivedhana seeking longevity boon. Mrutyunja homas are conducted in the temple for freedom from fear of death and longevity. The 80th birth day of people is celebrated here. Chitragupta is the deity of Kethu planet responsible for salvation.On Masi Magam day in February-March, Lord Shiva goes on Theerthavari to Bay of Bengal to bless Varuna the God of sea and rain with salvation. The Arati is shown to sky. This event takes place on Aipasi Kadai Muzhukku day also in October-November.       Book Now



Chira Lake

Chira was a lake I always had in my mind to do a trip for a bit of both worlds really sun beach and points. Then you have wild carp fishing at its best. Word of mouth and I knew a few lads that done day trips on the lake but I had told my self if I go up that mountain its for a few day session and so it began. One night I realised that Easter this year was in April and my wife gets Easter holidays from school alarm bells started to ring to that hamster inside me head. We talked about France but would be to cold so on so on. Right Gran Canaria it is, give me that lap top Im booking the flights. Chira was a lake I always had in my mind to do a trip for a bit of both worlds really sun beach and points. Then you have wild carp fishing at its best. Word of mouth and I knew a few lads that done day trips on the lake but I had told my self if I go up that mountain its for a few day session and so it began. One night I realised that Easter this year was in April and my wife gets Easter holidays from school alarm bells started to ring to that hamster inside me head. We talked about France but would be to cold so on so on. Right Gran Canaria it is, give me that lap top Im booking the flights. It took about an hour from airport to the lake but its no easy spin, lucky to get out of second gear on the way up bendy windy twisty shear drops of 1000 feet at edge of the road but it was worth every bit of it.      Book Now



Nelliyodu Kamhasura

Those who have watched Kathakali, the classical art form of Kerala would have been startled by the shouting chuvanna thaadi (read bearded character), the most terrifying of the Kathakali characters. An inspired genius behind this ferocious red, Nelliyodu Vasudevan Namboodiri is widely acclaimed as the most talented of Kathakali artistes to present the chuvanna thaadi vesham (vesham means character). The coveted Kerala State Kathakali Prize for 2013 is being conferred on Nelliyodu Vasudevan Namboodiri. Nelliyodu Vasudevan Namboodiri was born to Vishnu Namboodiri and Parvathi Antharjanam of south Nelliyodu Mana, Cheranalloor, Ernakulam in 1940. He joined the P.S.V. Dance Troupe in 1957 and commenced learning the art form of Kathakali under the tutelage of Vazhenkada Kunju Nair, following which he undertook higher studies at the Kerala Kalamandalam, the premier centre for performing arts.Nelliyodu is matchless in the portrayal of various emotions and innate improvisation. Though he had acquired the art to perform any role, he excelled in playing the chuvanna thaadi. In Kathakali the most ferocious and cruel characters are portrayed through chuvanna thaadi vesham. Usually rakshasas (demons), asuras (according to Indian mythology asuras represent evil) and certain kings use chuvanna thaadi as they are all cruel and shrewd characters.      Book Now



Rajarajeshwara Temple

This temple has a prominent place amongst the numerous Shiva temples in South India. If any problem is encountered in temples of South India, the final solution is sought in this Temple through a prasna, a traditional method of astrological decision making. The prasna is conducted on a peedha (a raised platform) situated outside the temple. Taliparamba is one among 108 Shiva Temples in Kerala(ancient Kerala from Gokarnam to Kanyakumari) created by Lord Parasurama. Among these temples 12 are considered as most important and called Dwadasa Shivalayas(12 shiva temples). They are Gokarnam Mahabaleswara Temple(now in Karnataka), Taliparamba Rajarajeswara Temple, Kottiyoor Perumal Temple, Thrissur Vadakkunnatha Temple, Peruvanam Mahadeva Temple, Kodungalloor Thiruvanchikkulam Mahadeva Temple, Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple, Kaduthuruthy Mahadeva Temple, Chengannur Mahadeva Temple, Kandiyoor Mahadeva Temple and Suchindram Sthanumalaya Perumal Temple(for more details about these temples visit 108 Shivalya page).Taliparamba is regarded as one of the ancient Shakti Peethams. Legend has it that the head of Sati fell here after Shivas tandavam following Satis self-immolation.       Book Now



St. Marys church

From the beginning of 1960s, Syrian Catholics from various places began to settle at Taliparamba for various purpose like education, employment and mercantile. At that time they went to Thrichabaran St Pauls Church and Pushpagiri CMI Church for their religious purposes. On Dec 25 1990, St Marys Parish took birth under the Tellicherry Archdiocese. Their dream came true when the foundation stone for the church laid on 2008 August 15. On April 14 2012 the church was opened for the believers by the function presided by Rev: Mar George Valyamattam Metropolitan. On 2013 March 17 he declared the church as a Forane Church and a pilgrim centre.      Book Now


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