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Pisharikavu Temple
Pisharikavu is located in Kerala
Location in Kerala
Coordinates 11°27′30″N 75°40′43″E / 11.4582°N 75.6785°E / 11.4582; 75.6785Coordinates: 11°27′30″N 75°40′43″E / 11.4582°N 75.6785°E / 11.4582; 75.6785
Country India
State Kerala
District Kozhikode
Location Koyilandy
Major festivals Meenam Utsavam, Navaratri
Architecture Traditional Kerala style
Governing body Malabar Devaswom Board
Website http://pisharikavukollam.in/

Pisharikavu Temple is a temple located at Koyilandy, Kozhikode district, North Malabar region of Kerala state of south India.[1]

Myth about the temple[edit]

Centuries before remaining members of the "Ettuveettil" family after conspiracy against Marthanda Varma settled down in the village named Kollam near present-day Koyilandy in Calicut district. They were rich diamond merchants. One of family member prayed and did tapas to please goddess Badhra Kali. One night the goddess Sri Porkali (the family goddess of Ettuveettil pilla's) appeared in his dream and gave him a very special sword named "Nandhakam" and told him to pray her in the form of this sword and she will answer all his prayers and also asked him to go to his home town. He went back to his hometown and built a temple and started worshiping the Nandakkam sword. The family by the grace of mother Badhra Kali became very rich and powerful. They paid Samoothiri-King of kozhikode and brought a land there and settled down there with their family and built a beautiful temple here and worshiped the Nandakkam sword, it is believed that 8 family have migrated from south, namely Kiziyil, Vazhayil, Elayedathu, Echarathil, Punathil, Nanothu, Mundakkal, Erothu. Native people called them "vyapari"(merchants) at that time. Later name changed to "Ravari" in colloquial language. The community is existing even now and they have special rights for conducting festival called "Kaliyattam".

Main festivals of Pisharikavu[edit]

The annual festival of Sri Pisharikavu Temple is celebrated in the Malayala month of "Meenam". The festival is celebrated with pomp for 8 days. The 7th day is celebrated as "Valiya Vilaku", and the 8th day is celebrated as "Kaliyattom", on which the divine Nandhakam sword is brought in procession around the temple on 7th and 8th day on a fully decorated female elephant, and traditional art form of Kerala is also staged in the temple. The Navarathri is also celebrated in a big way in the temple..

Divine sword Nandhakam[edit]

The sword was given to the devotee who did very strong austerity and prayed to Porkali Devi. The pleased Porkali Devi blessed the devotee of Vaishya community, saying that she will fulfill all wishes of him prayed with pure devotion. After so many centuries later also the Nandhakam sword stays as divine representation of Pisharikavu Devi to all devotees who take refuge to the mother Pisharikavyilamma. The divine words of Sri Pisharikavilamma is that "Believe I am there with you where were you are irrespective of anyplace you are...proves that the divine mother would rescue her devotee if they believe and pray with full heart devotion anywhere they are."

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