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Sree Kalarivathukkal Bhagavathy Temple Timings, History, Festivals

Kalarivathukkal Bhagavathy Temple, Bhadrakali Shrine is located near the Valapattanam river, is the family shrine of Chirakkal Royal Family. The deity of the shrine is the fierce form of Bhadrakali. Kalarivathukkal Bhagavathy is considered as the mother of the ancient martial art Kalarippayattu and hence the name. The shrine is administered by Malabar Devaswom Board and classified as Category A Temple of the board. Kalarivathukkal has come from the word Kalari Vaatilkal.

Sree Kalarivathukkal Temple Timings: 5:00 AM to 8:30 PM

Sree Kalarivathukkal Temple History:

The holy shrine is one of the Devi temple triads of the erstwhile Chirakkal Kingdom. The other two being Cherukunnu Annapoornashwari Temple and Tiruvarkadu Bhagavathy Temple (Madayi kavu). The mythology says that Annapoornashwari came from Kasi to Chirakkal in a boat along with Kalarivatukkalamma and Madayikkavilamma who were her mates; to see the Krishna Temple and never returned. The Chirakkal Kings were the successors of Kolathiris’ who in-turn was the direct descendants of the Mooshika kings. Mooshika of North and Ay of South was the oldest dynasties of Kerala. The Ay dynasty eventually became extinct but the Mooshika was able to sustain. The later name of Mooshika Raja was changed toKolathirippad. The Kolathiris’ relocated their capital from Ezhimala to Chirakkal near the Valapattanam river. The temple was once owned by Vadakke illam and was acquired by Chirakkal Kovilakom.

Sree Kalarivathukkal Temple Festivals:

Kartika Sankramam
Chingam Onnu
Ashtami Rohini
Vinayaka Chaturti
Mandalam Start
Guruvayoor Ekadasi
Mandala Pooja

Sree Kalarivathukkal Temple Dress Code:

For Men: Dhoti or Mundu without shirts or banyan
For Women’s: Saree and Pavada are allowed. (Salvar sets and modern dresses are not allowed)


Cameras, mobiles and all other electronic items are strictly prohibited inside the temple.

How to Reach Sree Kalarivathukkal Temple:

By Air
The nearest airport to Sree Kalarivathukkal Temple is Kannur International Airport which is 32.2 km away.

By Rail:
Kannur Railway Station nearest station which is just 7.3 km from the temple.

By Road:
Kannur Bus Stand 9.1 km from the temple which is well connected to other major cities of the country.

Sree Kalarivathukkal Temple Address:

Valapattanam Post,
Kerala – 670010.
Phone: 0497 277 8050

Sree Kalarivathukkal Temple Location:

Sree Kalarivathukkal Bhagavathy Temple Timings, History, Festivals

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