The South Indian Temples have always awed me beyond reason. The legends and the stories behind each one of them are very intriguing and make you want to know more about them. One such temple that I considered my good fortune to visit was the Kalarivathukkal Bhagavathy Temple Kerala. It is situated near the Valapattanam River. Funny, the language and the names of the temples and deities are such tongue twisters for me, that I kept repeating them aloud to get their pronunciations right. But I was familiar with the martial art Kalarippayattu, and the deity here at the temple is regarded as the guardian of the ancient art. This was my vantage point to understand the temple and the Goddess that was worshipped here.
We had to travel 8 kilometers in the north direction of Kannur and situated westwards to the national highway at the toll junction is this temple open for all its devotees. Built in the true Keralan architectural style, the temple had a mystic and a simplistic aura to it. Apart from being the mother goddess for the art form, it is also famous because, it is the family shrine for the Chirakkal Royal Family. The temple premise is extremely peaceful and very calming which seemed an irony because the deity here is considered to be in its fierce form, yet the surroundings was soaked in great peace and tranquility. A couple of festivals called the Meenapooram and Rohini are the most important ones here that have the devotees flocking here for prayers and worship. The festivals are held with great enthusiasm with musical and art performances that enthrall the audiences and the devotees equally.
Although the festivals are held in March and April for a total for 9 days and the other in June, the significance and the popularity of Kalarivathukkal Bhagavathy Temple Kerala is such that no period in the whole year is there without any visitors looking to understand more about the deity, the temple and the culture of this place. Another highlight of Kerala was next on our agenda and it was the Ayurveda Yoga Villa Kerala which had me interested right from the beginning.