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Koothali Kammoth Maha Vishnu Temple – History - Importance

Koothali Kammoth Maha Vishnu temple is located at Koothali on the Perambra – Kuttiyadi road in Kozhikode district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Bhagavan Vishnu who is known as Kammothappan. The temple was a famous and important temple in the ancient Kurumbra Nadu in Malabar.

The darshanam of Kammothappan is towards east. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Shivan, Bhagavathy, Ganapathi and Ayyappan.

The six day annual festival begins on Makaram 3 (January 16 or 17).

The temple was managed by the erstwhile ruling family of Koothali, known as Koothali Madom. The family was also known as Othayoth Idakkar or Koothali Moothavar or Vallabhan Chathan. The word Kammoth is coined from the Malayalam word ‘Kan Mukhath’ which means just before the eyes.

The temple was attacked and destroyed by the army of Tipu Sultan. The shrine was in ruins for more than 100 years. Renovations were undertaken under the leadership of Swami Guruvaranda. His efforts helped the temple regain its past glory. The new sanctum sanctorum fully built in granite stone was completed in 2014. The re-consecration of the deity was held in June 2014.