Parassinikadavu Sree Muthappan Temple

Parassinikadavu Sree Muthappan Temple situated 20 km away from Kannur, in North Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Lord Muthappan, believed to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva. Temple is located on the banks of the Valapatnam River and attracts people from all parts and sections of the society. Sri Muthappan Temple stands as a symbol of secularism and unity, which is apparent in its motto-‘Vasudeva Kutumbakam’ a Sanskrit verse which means ‘the whole world is one family’.

According to legends, Lord Shiva took incarnation in a hunter’s form which came to be known as ‘Muthappan’, and to whom the temple is dedicated. It is believed that a childless Namboothiri (priest) couple found a child lying abandoned upon a flowerbed and who they later raised as their own. The child however grew up with a keen interest in hunting, and would often take his pray to the villagers of backward caste, a practice against the Namboodhiri customs. Then after much resistance, one day the child revealed to the couple his divine form who realized that the boy is in fact god incarnated. Several other miracles and incidents followed including the raising from the dead of toddy tapper named Chandan, an incidence that led to the birth of ‘Muthappa’ name meaning Grandfather in Malayalam. Finally, Lord Mutthappa decided to take up permanent shelter at Parassini where the famous Parassinikadavu Sri Muthappan Temple stands today.

This is the only one temple in Kerala where the folk art form of North Kerala 'Theyyam' is presented daily. It is basically a form of art that involves men in colorful costumes and mask performing a form of dance, although the general belief is that Lord Muthappan himself enters into the person who then carries out the divine instructions. The ritual is performed here twice daily at 6.30 in the morning when the temple opens, and 5.45 in the evening when the temple closes. The inherent message of the ritual is that in the battle between God and evil, good always triumphs.

Toddy and dried fish are the main offerings in this temple.