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Shiva Temples Kottiyoor

Two ancient Shiva temples, Akkare Kottiyoor and Ikkare Kottiyoor are located in the dense forests on the opposite shores of River Bavali in Kottiyoor, 60km from Kannur. Diety in Akkare Kottiyoor temple is the 'swayambhoo lingam' (self-created idol of Lord Shiva). The idol is kept on the ground ('Manithara') formed by a small heap of stones. Thousands of devotees visit this temple during the Vaisakha festival celebrated in the month of May-June every year that lasts for 27 days. Akkare Kottiyoor temple remains open only on these festival days. The 'abhishekam' (offering) here is with milk, ghee (clarified butter) and karikku vellam (tender coconut water). Pilgrims to the temple, before trekking to the holy hills, take a bath in the River Bavali, which is considered to be divine. Daily worship is held at Ikkare Kottiyoor temple. An interesting feature is that this temple remains closed during the 27 day long festival in Akkare Kottiyoor temple. 

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