Kozhikkode Thali temple is an ancient one, dating back to the days of
rule. The term Thali refers to a Shiva temple; however, the temple complex
also houses a shrine to Krishna. Legend has it that Parasurama, associated
with several temples in Kerala, worshipped Shiva here. Several legends associated
with feudal rivalry, curses and relief from curses are associated with
this temple. In its glorious days, this temple celebrated the Revathi Pattattaanam
festival for seven days in the malayala month of Tulaa where learning and
scholarship was celebrated with feasting and awards. The composer of Narayaneeyam
(Guruvayur) is said to have been a recepient of awards at this festival.
The Zamorin is also asociated with the pomp and splendor of the now extinct
Mahamakam festival at Tirunavayi.
suffered destruction at the hands of Tippu Sultan and Hyder Ali and was
renovated in the 18th century. The current structure dates back to the
period of the ruler Manavikraman. The two storeyed sanctum has works of
art in terms of stone sculptures and wood work with scenes from the puranas.
In front of the sanctum is a chamber with intricate woodwork.There are
also shrines to Ganapati, Narasimha and Saasta.
In the north east segment
of the temple complex is the Krishna shrine with its own set of mandapams
and a flagstaff. The
7 day long annual festival commences on the Malayala new year. Five worship
services are offered each day.