Kannur district derived its name from the location of its headquarters at Kannur town. Kannur was formerly known as Cannanore. Kannur is popularly known as the city of Looms and Lores. Kannur is the land of the famous performing art Theyyam.
About The Temple
The Subrahmanyaswami Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan and is located in Kannur, Kerala. Payyanur Sree Subramanya Swami Temple is one of the three most important 'Maha Subrahmanya' temples in South India. It is a 'Palani' of Kerala. Commonly known as Payyannur Perumal. Payyan is an appellation of Lord Subrahmanya and Ooru meaning the place. Thus Payyanur meaning the land of Lord Subrahmanya. It’s believed that the temple is built by Lord 'Parasurama'.
About The Deity
Apart from the main deity, Subrahmanya, there are other deities also being worshipped here. They are Lord Ganapathi, Bhootathar, Kanya Bhagavathi, Sasthavu and Parasurama.
Legends and Stories
Later it was destroyed two times one because of fire and other because of the attack of 'Tippu Sulthan'. Then it was re constructed in 1792AD. The two storied sreekovil (sanctum sanctorum) is in the shape of “Gajaprishta” (back of an elephant). This temple is known as the 'Palani' of Kerala, 6 ft tall idol of the main deity Lord Subrahmanya There are five 'poojas' and three 'Siveli's on each day. There are many unique features about this temple in the rituals performed, the architecture etc. First of all the 12ft tall compound wall constructed in a unique style is very rare kind in the temple architecture of Kara. The total area of this temple compound is above 3 acres. . Kshetrapalan and Vairajathan are also being worshipped. Both in rites and customs, this temple is unique. As the height of the idol is 1.8 metres, the priest has to stand and perform the puja to the idol. The main festivals of the temple do not have the usual pomp with caparisoned elephants, fireworks and the like. Instead, the thitamb of the deity is always taken in procession on the head of the priest both for the daily. Sree bali and on festive occasions which may sometimes take even 4 hours. Being a Subramaniya temple, the temple is associated with astrology. By the benevolence of the diety, many persons in the past have achieved great reputation and there are still many adorning high positions. Another unique feature og the temple is the Pavithra modhiram made here. This is a golden ring of a peculiar pattern worn in the ring finger of the right hand by the Acharyas before commencing important temple rites. The pavithra made here is made up of 101 panavitas (5.05 g). After making the ring, special pujas are performed in the temple. The main deity is that of Lord Subramaniya, an idol which is 180cm tall over the peetham, in standing posture with two arms, the right hand holding the Vel and the left hand resting the hip (Kati Bandha). The sub deities are that of Lord Parashuraama, Sree Boothathaan, Maha Ganapathi and Dharma Shaastha.
It is approached with prayers for protection, wisdom, energy, forgiveness for past deeds, to neutralize the malefic effects of Mars, for good health and to become courageous.
There are no regular flights from other major cities of the country to Kannur. Nearest airport is Calicut International Airport.
Kannur is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular trains.
The nearest rail head is at kannur
You can easily get regular buses to Kannur from other major cities of the country.
Bus Station(s): Cannanore
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Forgiveness for past deeds
- Neutralize the malefic effects of Mars
- Good Health
Shadaananam Chandana Liptha Gathram Mahorasam Divya Mayoora Vaahanam Rudrasya Soonum Suraloka Naatham Brahmanya Devam Charanam Prapadye
Meaning -I always take refuge in the 6 faced Lord Guha, who has sandal paste smeared over his body, who is broad-chested, whose vehicle is the peacock, who is Lord Shiva's son and who leads the army of the Devas.
Heyswami Natha Karunakara Dheenabandho Shree Parvatheesha Mukha Pankaja Padmabandho Shree Saadhi Devagana Poojitha Padha Padma Vallesa Nadha Mama Dehi Karaavalambham
Meaning -O! Merciful Lord Swaminatha, who cares for the poor, who is the sun to Lord Shiva's lotus face, whose lotus feet are acknowledged by Lord Vishnu and the others, Valli's Lord, please uplift me by lending me your hand.
Ariru Thadanthozh Vazhga Arumugam Vazhga Veppai Kooru Sei Thanivel Vazhga Kukkudum Vazhga Sevvel Yeriya Magnai Vazhga Aanai Thun Anangu Vazhga Maarila Valli Vazhga Vazhga Seer Adiyar Yellam
Meaning -Oh Muruga, we hail your 12 strong shoulders for they protect us from our enemies, we hail your 6 faces, we hail the Vel, your weapon that broke apart the Krounja mountain to reveal the asura in it. We hail the bird, the cock, that is part of your symbol in the flag. We hail your peacock, that takes you all over the world, we hail your consort Devyani, who was brought up by Indra's white elephant, Airavadam, we hail your other consort, the flawless Valli. And we hail your Bhaktas who worship you as a prayer.
Uruvai Aruvai Uladhai Iladhai Maruvai Malarai Maniyai Oliyai Karuvai Uyirai Gadhiyai Vidhiyai Guruvai Varuvai Arulvai Guhaney
Meaning -O Lord Muruga, you have form and you are formless, you have everything and have nothing, you who exist in the smallest, in flowers, in a bell's ring, in the light. You are the embryo, the life, destiny and fate. Bestow your blessings on us as our guru.