Sri Raghavapuram Temple, Kannur

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Sri Raghavapuram Temple, known locally by the name Hanumarambalam, is a renowned temple in the Kollam district. It is one of the few temples in Kerala where Lord Hanuman is worshipped. Located at a small village named Cheruthazham, it is located at a distance of about 35 km from the town of Kannur.

This worship place has a vibrant history that goes back to the 8th century. History has it that the temple was built by Udaya Varman Kolathiri, an ancient king who ruled the region. After the construction, two hundred and thirty seven Brahmin families were invited from Tulunadu (a region which currently is part of Karnataka) and the temple was given to these scholarly families.

The Brahmin priests of the temple perform a ritualistic dance with the idols kept on their head. This holy dance, known by the name Thidambu Nritham, is the uniqueness of this temple and attracts devotees from all over Kerala.

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