Sree Raghavapuram Temple (Hanumarambalam)is located at Cheruthazham village of Payyannur, Kannur, Kerala. This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. This is possibly the most important temple of Hanuman in the Malabar coast of Kerala.
About The Temple
The temple can be approached from Kannur through Pazhavangadi. Though the main deity of the temple is Sri Rama , Hanuman is consecrated on the Vayu kon ( North west corner) . It seems the form of Sri Rama is in the form ‘after killing Ravana’. Since the temple is facing the east, the people who were having homes on the eastern side began to suffer. So after aprasnam(astrological query) to find out why it was happening, the eastern door was completely closed and a new door opened on the western side and apart from the Lord in the same pedestal , the idol of the Goddess and that of his younger brother Lord Lakshmana was also installed. From the western door we can see the Ezhimala which is supposed to be the mrutha Sanjeevini mountain that Lord Hanuman brought to bring back to life Lord Lakshmana who was killed in the war by Indrajit.
Though the main temple is of Rama, it is believed that Hanuman temple is more important and it is generally believed that praying and worshipping Hanuman would only please Lord Rama, Due to this the temple is called “Hanumarambalam(Temple of Hanuman) . Just outside the temple of Lord Rama, there are separate temples for Lord Shiva and Lord Durga.
Legend and Stories
It is believed that these temples were built by Kings of Mooshika dynasty long, long ago. In the eighth centaury the temple was renovated by a king called Sri Udayavarma Kolathiri. It is also believed that this king brought 237 families of Brahmin scholars, from a place north of Gokarnam and settled them around the temple. Most of them left that place during the conquest of Malabar by Tippu Sultan to a place near Thiruvalla.
The temple festival is celebrated in the month of Makaram(January-February). During the festivals, the idols of Sri Rama, Sita , Hanuman. Lord Shiva and Duga are carried by Brahmins on their head and they perform a very special dance called “Thidambu Nrutham”.
Prasad and Offering
Offering of Aval (Beaten rice) to Lord Hanuman between 4Pm and the evening Pooja is believed to make Lord Hanuman hear our prayers during that time and inform about them to Lord Rama.
How To Reach Payyanur
Instead of Payyanur one can a get flight to Bajpe Airport on regular basis.
There are regular trains from other major cities of the country to Payyanur.
Payyanur is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular buses.
Sree Raghavapuram Temple (Hanumarambalam),
Payyannur, Kannur District, Kerala,
Pincode - 670001.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Mano Javam , Maruda Thulya Vegam, Jithendriyam Buddhi Matham Varishtam, Vatha Atmajam Vanara Yudha Mukhyam, Sree Rama Dootham Sirasa Namami
Meaning -I bow my head to salute Rama's messenger, who has won over His mind, who is as fast as the wind, who has mastered his organs, who is the most knowledgeable, who is the wind God's son, and who leads as the chief in the army of monkeys.
Anjaneya Madhi Paatalaananam, Kanjanaadri Kamaneeya Vigraham, Paarijatha Tharu Moola Vaasinam, Bhaavayami Bhava mana Nandanam
Meaning -I bow before the wind God's darling son, Anjana's son, the great killer of ogres, who is handsome and like a golden mountain, who lives near Parijatha tree's roots.
Divya Mangala Dehaaya Peethambara Dharayacha Thaptha Kanchana Varnaaya Mangalam Shri Hanumathey
Meaning -Oh Lord Hanuman who has a mystical form, who adorns a silk garment in yellow and who looks similar to molten gold, let thy be auspiciousness.
Anjana Nandanam Veeram Janaki Soka Naasanam, Kapeesa Maksha Hantharam, Vandhe Lanka Bhayankaram
Meaning -We salute Lanka's horror, Anjana's brave son, who ended Sita's sorrows, the ruler of monkeys and the one who killed Aksha, Ravana's son.
The temple is open from 5.30 Am and 10.00 AM and from 5.30 PM and 7.00 PM.