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Trikkannad Tryambakeshwara Temple – History – Theyyam Festival – Pitru Tarpanam

Trikkannad Tryambakeshwara temple is located on Arabian seashore at Thrikkannad about 1 km from Bekal in Kasaragod district, Kerala. The temple is one among the 108 Shiva temples in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva and is popularly known as Dakshina Kashi. The darshanam of Trikannad Trimbakeshwar is towards east facing the sea. The annual theyyam kaliyattam festival in the temple is held on Malayalam Kumbha Masam 26.

The shrine is one of the rarest of rare temples in Kerala dedicated to Tryambakeshwara Shiva. The pratishta in the temple was performed by Kanva Maharshi.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Ayyappan and Kuthirakali. Muvallam Kuzhi Chamundi is worshipped in the gopuram of the temple.

Trikkannad Tryambakeshwara Temple Festival

The 7-day annual festival in the temple begins on Panchami day in Kumbham month with kodiyettam. The ezhinellippu of the thidambu of Keezhoor Sastha and Kuthirakali are a must for the festival.

Theyyam and Thidambu Nritham are part of the annual festival. Ashtami Vilakku and Pallivetta are the two rituals associated with the festival. Pallivetta or the hunting expedition of Bhagavan takes place on the last day of the festival. This hunt is symbolic of the destruction of Kama (desire), Krodha (anger) and other such evils that plague our daily life.

The annual festival is attended by Bekal Kurumba Bhagavathy, Kottikkulam Kurumba Bhagavathy, Palakunnu Bhagavathi and Muchilottu Bhagavathi.

The theyyam in the temple is performed on Kumbham Masam 26 (March 10). The main theyyam that is performed in the temple is Moovalamkuzhi Chamundi. 

Pitru Tarpanam At Trikkannad Tryambakeshwara Temple 

The temple is famous for Pitru Tarpan. The Pitru Tarpanam is performed in the Arabian Sea in front of the temple. Thousands of people perform various rituals for the dead ancestors here on Amavasya (Karutha Vavu) and especially during Karkidaka Vavu bali.

Trikkannad Tryambakeshwara Temple History

As per history, the Kshetra Thattakam was in 30 villages. The temple belonged to Chirakkal Kovilakam. Later the temple was managed by Anjuru Achannmar (leader of 500 (anjooru) Nair families.)

As per history, the darshanam of Trikkannad Tryambakeshwara was first towards east but as Shiva worshipped here grew ferocious (ugra murti), the darshan was turned towards west facing water (sea) to cool the anger.