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Kozhikode Thali Temple Story - Festival – Thali Mahadeva Temple

Thali Mahadeva temple is a famous Shiva temple located in Kozhikode, Kerala. The temple belonged to Kozhikode Samoothiri. The 8-day annual festival begins on the Vishu Sankramam or Medam 1 (April 14 or April 15). Shivratri in Kumbha Masam (February - March) is another important festival here.

It is believed that Parashuram had performed intense penance. Shiva and Shakti appeared before him and he requested them to appear at Thali. Shiva-Shakti were then installed in the Thali temple in form of Shakti Panchakshari Dyanya form.

There is also a Sri Krishna temple in the temple complex and the deity faces west.

Both the temples have flag post or kodimaram.

The Upa Devatas in the Shiva temple are Thevaram Ganapathy of Tantri, Tali Ganapathy, Bhagavathy, Sastha, Narasimha, Thevaram Bhagavathy of Samoothiri, Nagaraja, Kshetra Kavalkaran and Erinjupuran.

The Upa Devata in the Sri Krishna temple is Valayanad Bhagavathy.

There are two ponds in the temple complex.

Pallivetta is an important ritual during the annual festival.

The famous Pandit competition of ancient Kerala Revathi Pattathanam was held in the temple.

The annual Narasimha Jayanti festival in Vaishakha shukla paksha chaturdashi (May) is an important day in the temple.