PILGRIMAGE IN KOZHIKODE, KERALA
The Tali Temple is a fine example of the total integration that exists between wood and laterite, and which is a remarkable feature of the Kerala style of architecture. This Temple was built in the 14th century by Swamy Thirumulpad, the Zamorin. Revathy Pattathanam, the annual cultural and intellectual festival is held in this temple.
The architecture of this mosque and other old mosques bears great resemblance to the typical Hindu temple complex with pillars, ventilators and huge tanks, as well as decorative features such as stylized floral carvings and geometric designs. The stone inscriptions found in the Muccunti Mosque at Kuttichira reveals an interesting aspect in the history of the Zamorins of Kozhikode and their patronage of Islam in Kerala.
This Temple was built like the Siva Temple at Tiruvannur. This exquisitely carved laterite structure is more than two centuries old. It is believed that Sree Parashuraman begin his Siva Linga pratistha at Tiruvannaur and completes it here every noon. The noon pujas here are considered very special. The annual Sivaratri festival is celebrated in a big way.
Varakkal Devi Temple:
This Temple is considered to be the 108th and the last Devi temple built by Sree Parasurama, the legendary founder of Kerala. It is believed that Parasurama ploughed this area in order to make the goddess appear. The Vavu Bali is the main festival in the temple where thousands of people gather here to perform the ancestral activities. On this day, the sea can be seen as surprisingly calm as if facilitating the religious observances.