Kasaragod is a tourist destination in Kerala that is known for its cultural diversity and historical relevance. The place is marked with ancient monuments and temples, making it one of the sought-after destinations of the state.
Kasaragod is all about its culture, of which the major part is its temples and temple traditions. Let us take a look at some of the famous temples here that are not to be missed.
Ananthapura Lake Temple
Ananthapura Temple in Kasaragod is the only lake temple in Kerala. The temple is believed to be the 'moolasthana', the original seat, of the Anantha Padmanabha Swami. Another interesting fact about the temple is that the temple tank has a crocodile that is said to be a vegetarian. Miraculously, when the crocodile in the temple tank passes away, it is soon replaced by another crocodile from nowhere! Click to read more about this unique temple in Kasaragod.
The Mallikarjuna Temple is one of the oldest and the most important temples in Kasaragod district. Lord Shiva is worshipped here as Mallikarjuna. The temple is known for its musical theatre and the temple festival that takes place in March/April every year. Yakshagana is one of the most awaited cultural performances of the festival.
Madhur Srimad Anantheswara Vinayaka Temple
The Madhur Srimad Anantheswara Vinayaka Temple is one of the most important temples of Kasaragod. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, and the temple idol is said to have been discovered by a Dalit woman named Madaru, hence the name. The temple is located around 7 km away from Kasaragod town.
Palakkunnu Sri Bhagavathy Temple
Palakkunnu Sri Bhagavathy Temple is one of the famous temples in Kasaragod. Located on the Kasaragod-Kanhangad road, this temple is dedicated to Bhagavathy, a form of Goddess Durga. The other deities worshipped here are Padinhatta Chamundi and Moovalamkuthi Chamundi. Bharani Mahotsavam, that takes place in March every year, is one of the major festivals of the temple.
Kanipura Sri Gopalakrishna Temple
Sri Gopalakrishna Temple is located at Kumble close to Kasaragod town. Being one of the ancient temples of the region, the Krishnasila idol of Lord Bala Gopalakrishna (Lord Krishna as a child) is believed to have been presented to Kanva Maharshi by Lord Krishna himself. The temple structure is believed to have obtained sanctity of three yugas (eras) that is Treta, Dwapara and Kaliyuga.