Parassinikkadavu Muthappan Temple

Parassinikkadavu is a tiny temple town in the municipality of Anthoor. This town is situated in the Kannur district of Kerala state, India, around 19 kilometres (12 mi) from Kannur Corporation. North Malabar is home to this well-known tourist attraction.

People travel to Parassinikkadavu to worship Sree Muthappan at the well-known Muthappan temple. This is the only Hindu temple in Kerala where a daily ritual offering is a Theyyam performance. According to tradition, a procession led by a female member of the “Thayyil” clan of Thayyil, Kannur starts at the family house and ends at the main altar of the temple with a “pooja” (prayer to the Gods) before the Annual Festival, Ulsavam, of the Muthappan Temple at Parassinikkadavu may begin.

The Parassinikkadavu Snake Park, which is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of snakes, is another notable feature of Parassinikkadavu. The spectacled cobra, King cobra, Russell’s viper, Krait, and Pit viper are just a few of the 150 different types of snakes that may be found in the park. Here, a venom extraction lab for research purposes is suggested. The park also has a sizable collection of pythons and other non-venomous snakes.

Speciality of Parassinikkadavu Temple

The presiding deity of the temple, Sri Muthappan, is believed to be an embodiment of two mythical beings, Thiruvappana (Lord Vishnu) and Vellatom (Lord Shiva). Dogs are considered sacred here as it was the vehicle of the deity. The temple offers free meals and accommodation for all of its visitors.

Muthappan is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu and Siva born in the period of Kali Yuga. Muthappan is known under varied names like Thiruvappana, Vellatam, Cheriya Muthappan, Valiya Muthappan, Ambala Muthappan, Puralimala Muthappan etc.