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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular religious attractions in Kozhikode?

Vartika Kaushal DEC 10 2012
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The simple-minded populace of Kozhikode is seeped deeply in religion. Both Hindu and Christian culture have affected the region considerably. If visiting the religious cornerstones of this city is high on your wish list, then check out the following places.

  • Lokanarkavu Temple

    This is one of the oldest temples in the city. It is the official place of devotion for the 500
    AryanNagariks who had migrated to Kerala and their subsequent successors. From the Vadakara Railway Station, the temple is just 5 km away.
    The temple is dedicated to
    Goddess Durga and is greatly revered among the locals here. A local dance form called Poorakkali is performed here during the festivals celebrated in this temple, the most famous being Pooram. The temple warmly welcomes visitors. The best time to visit is during the festive season of March/April.

  • Tali Temple

    This temple of the main city,dedicated to
    Lord Shiva, is again one of the ancient temples in the city and boasts of a history dating back to its illustrious rulers Zamorins. The fascinating ancient architecture and the surrounding water body add beauty to this antique structure.
    Everyday, there are performed five religious ceremonies in the beautiful complex of the temple. An annual
    utsavam is performed during Kerala's New Year, Vishu, which happens in either the month of March or April.

  • St. Mary's Church

    Protestant Church was founded by the Britishers in 1860 for their own religious purposes. Located in the Chevarambalam area of the city, the church is an ideal retreat for those seeking calm in the chiming bells and wisdom in the sermons that are an integral part of this beautiful monument.
    Do not miss the beautiful tomb, dating 1717, adjoining the Church.

  • Buddha Vihara

    Even Buddhist culture influences the religious sentiments of the population. This is a living proof. The monastery is located on the
    Customs Road of the city. One can find a substantial amount of writings on Lord Buddha which are very enlightening in this wonderful structure.

  • Mother of God Church

    The church was established in 1725 as a result of a treaty between
    Zamorins and the Portugese which happened in 1513. However, the present fascinating structure that derives inspiration from Roman architecture was built in 1942.
    In fact, the style of the architecture is so unique that it can't be located anywhere else in
    Kerala. The 200-year old portrait of Our Lady is a major attraction and can't be missed.

The best part about the religious sites in Kozhikode is that they warmly welcome you to their culture and encourage you to actively be part of their religious ceremonies or festivities.

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