Tali Shiva Temple in KozhikodeThe Zamorin had patronized two traditional temples of Kozhikode which became the centres of the spiritual fountainhead of this Malabari coastal city. Tali Shiva Temple in Kozhikode is world renowned for its annual competition of erudition held among eminent scholars of Sanskrit and the seat of Indian spiritual thought like the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Puranas. These scholars are drawn from all corners of the world. The discourses are most intellectual and of a high level of understanding of Hindu scriptures.
This competition is called ‘Revathi Pattathawam’ probably because it is held in the month of the Revathi nakshatra. The detailed discussions of the scholars are held in a number of areas of research and knowledge. Traditionally these areas are the Bharatiya Mimasa or the mythological and historical facts about India. Similarly, there are the subjects of the Prabhakara Mimasa and the Vedanta Mimasa as well as Vyakarma with the former being knowledgeable discussion on literature, philosophy as well as grammar. The competition is celebrated like a cultural festival with in all kind of performances with the precincts of the Tali Shiva Temple at Kozhikode.
History of Tali Shiva TempleDating beyond the rule of the Zamorin this temple is located near the Manachira. It was built by Swamy Thirumalpad in the 14th century. Swamy Thirumalpad was the Zamorin and had this temple constructed within the temple complex. The construction of the temple is unique and an interesting example of the amalgamation of the Kerala form with a characteristic wooden relief. The innermost sancto sanctorum of the Tali Shiva temple is richly embellished with ornate brass reliefs that adorn the walls as well as the roof. They cast a spell on all those who enter. Besides the daily offerings of oil lamps, incense and flowers tend to give the inner precincts an ethereal atmosphere making the devotees go into a special interaction with the gods in the divinity ordained environment. The Tali Shiva Temple is laid out in the form of a quadrangle. The intriguing central shrine boasts of a two-feet-high Shivalinga or the epitomization of Lord Shiva. The relief images that decorate the walls and roof of the temple depict scenes from the Mahabharata.
Festivities at Tali Shiva TempleEach day at the Tali Shiva Temple is a special day as there are a number of unique activities that are peculiar only to this temple. Five different kinds of religious rituals and ceremonies take place at various timing in the Tali Shiva Temple. Since it is devoted to the Mahabharata as well the ceremonies and ritual centre around Lord Vishnu along with Lord Shiva who is the resident deity. It is these icons from the Mahabharata that form the focus of the seven day temple festival. This festival takes place annually at the time of the Malayalam language speaking populations New Year. These festivals have renditions of the various forms of classical musical and dances in an elaborate extravaganza that are attended by pilgrims, devotees and tourist from all over the world and various parts of the country as well as locally. There are a number of contests held among cultural bodies and individuals.
How to Reach Tali Shiva TempleThe Tali Shiva Temple can be reached from various prominent points like the GH Road in Kozhikode, the Palayam as also the MCC Bank junction besides the Samooham Road.
Connectivity by railways: The nearest railway junction is at Calicut. The railway station is a mere 800 meters away.
Connectivity by air: The International airport of Calicut lies at a distance of about twenty two kilometers. There is easy commutability from the airport by road. Taxis and private vehicles ply frequently between the Calicut airport and the Tali Shiva Temple. There is, however, a great rush during the festival days.
Connectivity by Bus: The Calicut Bus Station is 1km away only.
Accommodation near Tali Shiva TempleHere are some of the hotels and resorts near the Tali Shiva Temple where you can get a comfortable stay.
The Hillside Nature Resort
Tariff: Rs. 2500 – 3300
Fax: +91 495 2299600
The North Park N.H. Road,
Link Road Junction Vatakara,
Phone: +91 496 252 6922
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