From the amusement park, we went straight to the Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple which is considered to be one of the best centres of faith and worship in this part of the world. We knew that the temple is home to several never seen before rituals and practices and wanted to witness them in reality. On entering the temple, we were left speechless by its rich architecture and designs.
It is dedicated to Lord Siva and is situated at a distance of 20km from the main district of Kannur. The main deity is Sree Muthappan and is a creation of two historical characters known as Vellattam and Thiruvappana.
The local traditions follow the deity as a folk deity rather than a vedic deity. It is situated along the Valapatnam River and the entire scenery is a treat to watch. The best thing about the temple is that it believes in the principle that the entire world can be considered as a single family (Vausdaiya Kutumbakam) and doesn’t discriminate irrespective of caste, creed or religion.
According to a legend, the main driving force behind the establishment of the temple was a small child. He had appeared from somewhere and used to roam in the area. He was involved in a number of interesting activities and then vanished without leaving any trace.
The local residents believed that it was Lord Siva or Muthappan, as the locals call him, who made his presence felt. Then they decided to erect a temple in order to make Lord Siva feel wanted. It is this temple which is today popular as the Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple.
On reaching the temple, we could spot a number of pilgrims and travellers who had come to experience the beauty and charm of a ritual which is known as Theyyam and performed every day. During this ritual, men are required to wear costumes and masks decorated with a plethora of colours without any particular pattern. Then they perform an act which showcases the clash between the bad and the good, with the latter finally emerging as the winner. Another surprising thing about the temple is that the customary offerings to the deity comprises of meat, toddy and fish.