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Ramanthali Shankaranarayana Temple – Facts – History

Ramanthali Shankaranarayana temple is located at Ramanthali in Kannur district, Kerala. The temple is the northernmost Tali temple in Kerala. The deity worshipped in the temple is Shankaranarayana. The left portion of the murti worshipped in the sanctum is of Vishnu and the right portion is of Shiva.

The murti is nearly 6 feet tall and is made out of panchaloha. The temple has a gaja prishta sreekovil – the sanctum is in the shape of an elephant.

The darshanam of Ramanthali Sankaranarayana temple is towards east. Three poojas are conducted. The sub deity is Bhoothananda and main offering at the temple is Kadali (plantain).

A unique offering in the temple is Valiyavattalam payasam. This is offered to have children in the family.

The annual festival begins on Meenam 17 with kodiyettam and ends on Meenam 22. Thidambu Nritham is the main attraction of the festival. Kalavara Nirakkal, Kolkali, dance programmes, Bhajans, and religious speeches are some of the events spread over the first four days. On the fifth day, the ritualistic Ezhunellippu and Pallivetta ceremony are conducted to the accompaniment of traditional percussion music. On the last day of the festival, Palliunarthal and Prasadam Oottu are conducted. The festival concludes with the ‘Kodiyirakku’ ceremony.

As per history, the temple belonged to Kodiyam, Puzhukkunadu and Kambungadu Nambiar families and Koyithatta Pothuval. Later it came under the control of Taliyil Thirumumbu.

Inscriptions belonging to 928 – 1132 CE period were discovered from the temple.