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Kanhirangad Vaidyanatha Temple In Kannur – History – Festival

Kanhirangad Vaidyanatha temple is located at Pariyaram in Kannur district, Kerala. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Shiva. He is worshipped here as the curer of diseases (Vaidya Nathan) and the temple is famous for the powerful healing abilities. The temple is known as Kanhirangad as a huge Kanjiram maram (tree) in front of the temple.

Kanhirangad Vaidyanatha Temple History

It is said that the temple was built by Chola King Shatasoman for Antharjanams (females of palace) to sit and meditate (bhajanam irikkuka).

Another belief is that the Vigraham in the temple was offered puja by one of the 12 Adityas to find cure to skin disease.

It is also said that Chola King Shatasoman had donated the temple to people of Kashyapa gotra.

The temple was known in ancient times as Karaskaranya. The name is used in Kerala Mahatmyam and Chellur Navodayam Chambu.

Chellur Navodayam Chambu belongs to 8th century CE. Therefore it is believed that the temple was built before 8th century CE.

The temple was also the gramakshetram of Perumchellur which was one of the 64 Brahmin villages in ancient Kerala.

Kanjirangottanchadi is a book dedicated to the greatness of the temple in Malayalam. Karaskareshwarashtakam is a Sanskrit book extolling the greatness of the temple.

Kanhirangad Vaidyanatha Temple Festival

The most important festival in the temple is held on Thiruvathira nakshatra in the Malayalam month of Dhanu (December – January).

Another important ritual and puja is the Aaru Njayar, Sunday that falls on the 6th day of any Malayalam month.

The temple also has an annual Kaliyattam festival on 10th of the Malayalam month Dhanu (December). Valiya Bhagavathy Theyyam and Ullattil Bhagavathi Theyyam are the Theyyams performing here. It is believed that these two goddesses are the watch and ward staff of Bhagavan Vaidyanathan here.

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