PILGRIMAGE IN MALAPPURAM, KERALA
This famous Mosque is situated 18 kms. east of Manjeri, on the way to Malappuram. The three day long Valia Nercha feast at this 500 year old Muslim pilgrim centre is celebrated in February-March and is a local cultural event. Trikandiyur Shiva Temple: The temple is located near the town of Tirur and attracts devotees from far and wide. The idol at this ancient temple is said to have been installed by Parasurama, the legendary creator of Kerala.
This place was one of the venues for Mamangam, a grand assembly of the rulers of Kerala, that is held once in every 12 years. Thirunavaya is situated on the banks of the river Bharathapuzha and is a place of great historical importance. This extravagant festival was conducted for the last time in 1755. The annual Sarvodaya Mela is held in Thirunavaya. The Thirunavaya Navamukunda Temple is also a famous pilgrim centre. During Karkidakavavu, people gather on the banks of the Bharathapuzha River to perform the pithrukriya for the departed souls.
This Temple is dedicated to the goddess Durga. This is an important pilgrimage centre in Malappuram. The Pooram festival is celebrated here in the month of April that attracts large number of devotees. A unique custom here is the arrival of Vellatbiru in the Pooram ground to give audience to the Malayankutty, the headman of the Pana tribal community. Kalampatu is an important offering here. Mangalya pooja(Worship fro the Marriage), Rigvda laksharachana and Chandattam are other important poojas.
This is an important pilgrimage centre of the Muslims in Kerala. Nercha, the four day annual festival is celebrated at the mosque in April. Adjoining the mosque is the mausoleum of the Malappuram Shabeeds (martyrs) whose brave exploits have been immortalized in the Mappila ballads.
Sree Kadampuzha Bhagavathy Temple:
Poojas of this Temple are performed at a whole (about 6 cm in diameter) into which the goddess is said to have disappeared after showing her presence to Adi Sankaracharya. This Temple is dedicated to Kirathaparvathi. There is no idol in this temple. One of the important feature is the Poomoodal, offering of flowers of thecchi (Ixora indica). Mutturakkal is another offering made by breaking coconuts.