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Sri Annapoorneshwari Temple at Cherukunnu in Kannur in Kerala

Sri Annapoorneshwari Temple at Cherukunnu is one of the 108 Durga Temples in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Annapurneshwari, who is the goddess of food and prosperity. Cherukunnu Village is located around 7 km from Pappinissery.

Legend has it that Goddess Parvati once heard about the prosperous Kolattunadu (northern Kerala) and wanted to visit the place. She arrived on a golden ship built by Vishwakarma, the divine architect. The king requested Goddess Parvati to bless the people of the land. Mother Goddess then assumed the form of Goddess Annapurneshwari and settled down in the forecourt of the Sri Krishna Temple at Cherukunnu.

It is said that once a poor man who was hungry reached the temple at an odd hour and asked for food. It is said that he was fed miraculously. From that day, a custom was started in temple to keep some food ready for untimely visitors. It continues even today.

Before closing the temple, the authorities enquire if there are any hungry people around.

Food is served two times to devotees in the shrine every day.

The main offering done her by devotees is Annadanam or food donation.

The murti of Mother Goddess is nearly a meter high and is made of Panchaloha, an alloy of five metals. There is also a beautiful relief image of Goddess Bhadrakali in the outer courtyard of the temple.

The architecture of the temple is quite similar to the temples in Kerala. Paintings and sculptures are the highlight of the architecture.

The annual festival in the temple coincides with the famous Vishu festival.