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Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple Festival - Parassinikadavu Muthappan Madappura Puthari Thiruvappana

Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple is located at Parassinikadavu in Kannur district, Kerala. Parassinikadavu Muthappan temple festival 2023 date is December 2 and December 3. The main festival in the temple is held on Vrischikam 16 and Vrishchikam 17. This is known as Puthari Thiruvappana. Another important festival is observed on Thulam 9. This is known as Puthari Vellattu.

Puthari Thiruvappana is the festival associated with harvest season of the region. The festival starts with the customary rituals at Madamana Illam, on 16th of Malayalam month of Vrischikam. Rituals like Muthappan Vellattam (evening) and Kalasam Ezhunnallathu (night) are held during the festival.

Muthappan Thiruvappana is held on the second day and this includes colorful processions, traditional percussion and cultural programs

During the festival, devotees and farmers offer freshly harvested rice crops (puthari) to the Madappura. A grand ceremonial feast is prepared using freshly harvested offerings.

Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple Information

The temple, locally known as Parassini Madappura, has many unique rituals and customs that make it stand out from other temples in Kerala.

The presiding deity in the temple is Sree Muthappan, a personification of two Gods – Thiruvappana (Lord Vishnu) and Vellatom (Lord Shiva in Kiratha form).

The main murti worshipped in the temple is Muthappan. There are three pedams in the temple. They are made from trees. The belief is that they are Muthappan and Thiruvappana. There is another belief that the murtis in the shrine are Parasseri Muthappan and Nambola Muthappan.

The deities face east. The Upa Devata in the temple is the Chamundi of Ilayapuram.

It is believed that Muthappan is the amsha avataram of Keeratamurti form of Shiva. Muthappan is considered as a hunter deity.

Anyone can visit the temple and is not just restricted to Hindus. Annadanam or free food is provided in the temple. Devotees are given boiled black beans and tea as Prasadam.

The person who does ‘pooja’ or the holy ritual in a Madappura is designated Madayan. The one who honors the post of Madayan is always the elder member in the ancestral home of a Thiyya community.

Toddy (kallu) and dried fish (unakka meen) are given as offering or naivedya to the deity. Another offering is tender coconut water (karikkin vellam). Special offerings known as Vehiringadu and Neerkari are given as offerings on auspicious days.

Dogs are considered sacred in the temple as it is the vehicle of Muthappan.

The three-storied structure of the temple is painted in white and is different from Kerala traditional temples.

Parassinikadavu Muthappan temple is the only temple in Kerala where daily Theyyam is held as a ritual.