Lokanarkavu Temple, Vadakara, Kerala

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Lokanarkavu Temple or Lokanarkavu Bhagavathi Temple is situated at Memunda, about 5 km from Vadakara (or Badagara) in Kozhikode district of Kerala. Also known as Lokamalayar Kavu Temple, Lokanarkavu is derived from the Malayalam word Lokamalayarkavu which means Lokam (world) made of Mala (mountain), Aaru (river) and Kavu (grove). The presiding deity of Lokanarkavu Bhagavathi Temple is Goddess Durga who is named as Lokanarkavilamma (Lokanarkavil Amma). This 1500-year old Goddess Durga temple has two shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The three-rock cut caves in the temple premises are beautifully engraved with carvings and murals. Lokanarkavu Temple is associated with the heroes and heroines of the Vadakkanpattu (a collection of Malayalam Ballads of medieval origin). Thacholi Othenon, the legendary martial hero of Kerala, is said to have worshipped this temple daily.

Lokanarkavu Temple Festivals

Two annual festivals are celebrated here during the Malayalam months of Vrischikam (November - December) and Meenam (March - April).

Lokanarkavu Utsavam

This main festival of the temple, which lasts for 41 days, is held during the Malayalam month of Vrischikam (mid November to mid December). It is locally known as Mandalavilakku Festival or Mandala Utsavam. The unique feature of the festival is that it is only here a folk dance called Thacholikali is performed during the temple festival. Thacholikali is similar to the traditional martial art form called Kalarippayattu.


Large numbers of people from various places flock here to see this festival. Another attraction is that all the lamps on the walls of the Lokanarkavu Bhaghawathi Temple are lit on the occasion.

Meenam Festival

Meenam Festival at Lokanarkavu Temple is celebrated for eight days with Kodiyettam (flag hoisting) on the Rohini day and the Arattu (holy bath) on the Pooram day. The traditional dance performance of Theyyambadi Kurup is the special attraction on the fifth and the sixth days. On the seventh day is the Nadu Valam Vekka and Pallivetta (holy hunt). On the Pooram day is the Poorappattu and Poorakkali (a traditional dance ritual performed by men). Poorakali, conducted during night, is a fascinating event. Poorappattu includes theme from the life history of the Goddess. The idol of the goddess is taken for Arattu on the Pooram day.

Lokanarkavu Temple Timings

Lokanarkavu Bhagavathy Temple is opened from 4 AM to 9 AM and 5 pm to 8 pm every day.

How to Reach Lokanarkavu Temple 0r How to Reach Memunda, Vadakara

Railway Station / By Train

Vadakara Railway Station (also spelt Badagara Railway Station), managed by the Southern Railways, is the nearest railway station to reach Lokanarkavu Bhagavathi Temple. Situated on the Kozhikode - Mangalore railway line, some of the major trains passing through Vadakara Railway Station include Kannur Express, Parasuram Express, Mangalore Mail, Malabar Express, Chennai Mail, Maveli Express, West Coast Express, Netravathi Express, and Ernakulam Express.

By Road / By Bus

Lokanarkavu Temple is situated at Memunda about 6 km from Vadakara. National Highway 17 passes through Vadakara, and the place is around 48 km north of Kozhikode. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and several private bus owners operate frequent bus services to Memunda.

By Air / Flight

The nearest airport to reach Lokanarkavu Temple is Karipur International Airport (Calicut International Airport), located at Karipur in the Malappuram district, Kerala. The airport is around 87 km from Memunda.


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