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Pisharikavu Temple


The Pisharikavu Temple is located at Koyilandy, Kozhikode.

Legend and Stories

Centuries ago, the remaining members of the "Ettuveettil" family after conspiracy against Marthanda Varma settled down in the village named Kollam near present-day Koyilandy in Calicut district. They were well known as the diamond merchants. One of family members prayed to please goddess Badhra Kali.  Sree Porkali Devi is the family god of the Ettuveettil family. One night, goddess Sree Porkali appeared in his dream and gave him a special sword named "Nandhakam" and told him to pray to her in the form of this sword so she could answer all his prayers and also asked him to go to his home town. He went back to his hometown and built a temple and started worshiping the Nandakkam sword. The family became rich and powerful.  They paid the Samoothiri-king of Kozhikode, bought land there and settled down with their family.  They built a beautiful temple here and worshipped the Nandakkam sword.  It is believed that the eight families have migrated from south, namely Kiziyil, Vazhayil, Elayedathu, Echarathil, Punathil, Nanothu, Mundakil, Erothu.  The native people of this place call them as "vyapari"(merchants).


The community is existing even now and they have special rights for conducting festival called "Kaliyattam". The annual festival of Sree Pisharikavu temple is celebrated in the Malayalam month of "Meenam".  The festival is celebrated with pomp for 8 days.  The 7th day is celebrated as "Valiya Vilaku", and the 8th day is celebrated as "Kaliyattom", on which the divine Nandhakam sword is brought in procession around the temple on 7th and 8th day on a fully decorated female elephant, and traditional art form of Kerala is also staged in the temple. The Navarathri is also celebrated in a big way in the temple.



Kozhikode is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights.


One can easily get regular trains to Kozhikode from other major cities of the country.


There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Kozhikode.

Temple Address

Pisharikavu Temple Karuvassery,


Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Protection from evil
  • Salvation
  • Destruction of ego
  • Liberation

Jayantii Manggalaa Kaalii Bhadrakaalii Kapaalinii Durgaa Shivaa Kssamaa Dhaatrii Svaahaa Svadhaa Namostu Te

Meaning -We salute the Devi Kali, who is always victorious and always auspicious, we offer salutations to Bhadrakali Devi who wears a skull garland, we salute Shiva's consort and the embodiment of self-control and supports all beings, Devi Durga, who is Swaha as well as Swadha. We offer our salutations to you.

Om Maha Kalyai Ca Vidmahe Smasana Vasinyai Ca Dhimahi Tanno Kali Prachodayat

Meaning -Om the great Goddess Kali who stays in the ocean of life and burial grounds, we focus our energies on you, may you grant us our wishes and bless us

Kaalika Kalahey Gorey Paathuthvaam Parameshwari Mandapey Thathra Mathangi Thatha Sowmya Swayamwarey

Meaning -Let the ever charming, mother of the universe, protect us and stay in this mandap and bestow her blessing on us as mother Mathangi.

Katyayani Mahamaye Mahayoginyadheeshwari Nandgopsutam Devipatim Me Kuru Te Namah

Meaning -Oh Goddess Katyayani, the great vigour of the Lord, the owner of great magical power and the mighty one who controls all, please make the son of Nanda Maharaj my husband. I offer my salutations to you.


The temple is open from 06:00 am to 09:00 pm

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