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Vadeswaram Shiva Temple – Eight Petal Style Sreekovil

Vadeswaram Shiva temple is located at atop a hill at Aroli in Pappinisseri Village, Kannur district, Kerala. Shiva is worshiped in the form of Shivling (Vadeshwarathappan). The big sreekovil or sanctum sanctorum here is unique – Ashtadala roopam (eight petal). It is believed that this is one of the kind sanctum sanctorum.

The darshanam of Vadeswaram temple is towards east. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Dakshinamurti, Kiratamurti, Umamaheshwaran, Sastha, Ganapathy and Sri Krishna.

It is believed that the Ahiraneshwaram temple mentioned in Mooshika Vamsam (Sanskrit poem) is Vadeswaram temple. Poet Athulan mentions Ahiraneshwaram in Mooshika Vamsam as a shrine which only has a vigraham no structure.

As per history, the construction of the temple is associated with kings Vatukavarman (mushika dynasty), Aheeranan, and Sreekantan.

The temple earlier belonged to Chirakkal Kovilakam.

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