The Kozhikkode Tali
temple is an ancient one, dating back to the days of the Zamorin rule. The term Tali
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.
This temple 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