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Ponmeri Maha Siva Temple

Kerala, Kozhikode

Vadakkan Pattukal or the Ballads of Malabar says that a Namboodiri, an ardent Siva devotee, once felt the divine presence at the place and installed a small shrine for Lord Siva in linga form. Over the years, Ponmeri Shiva Temple  became much famous, inviting the attention of the Kadathanatt Raja. Jealous of the popularity of the temple, the King decided to take over the administration of the same. The Namboodiri family knew that their reluctance to part with the idol could only lead to the punishment of beheading on charges of opposing the Royal move. So they dumped all the wealth in an unmarked well and the entire family committed suicide. The temple later came under the control of Kolathiri kingdom when Kadathanad was annexed to it. The temple was renovated when the control came back to Kadathanad many decades later. The temple also braved the campaign of Tipu Sultan


The legend says that Lord Siva, after the disappearance of Goddess Sati in the yaga at King Daksha's palace, became furious. From his matted hair (jada) were created Goddess Bhadrakali and Veerabhadra. This is believed to have happened at Akkara Kottiyoor Temple and that Siva appeared before the Nambodiri who installed the Ponmeri temple after that. Another legend says that while the King was renovating the temple, the carpenters were finding it ...View more


The sreekovil of Ponmeri Shiva Temple is squarish and the sopanam has got six direct steps. The base is made of granite and the entire sreekovil features exquisite wood carvings. The roof is covered with copper sheets. Sub-shrine of Lord Ganapati is attached to the Sreekovil. The chuttambalam was renovated 200 years ago. There are seven sub-shrines outside the chuttambalam. The namaskara mandapam is similar to the one at Sree Krishna Te...View more

Darsan Info

Timings : Ponmeri Shiva Temple is open from 4 AM to 11 AM and from 5 PM to 8 PM.

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Darsan Dresscode

At Ponmeri Shiva Temple , Kerala traditional wear is preferred.


The history of Kozhikode is related to the battles of local chieftains and also that of valour and honour. It also braved the invasions of attacks from outside, unlike the southern parts of the State.This makes the region resilient with an interesting mix of cultures.

Location and Contact

Sree Maha Siva Temple, Ayancheri, Vadakara, Kozhikode, Kerala 673 542

+91 4962534600

    Ponmeri Shiva Temple is just 6 km away from Vadakara Town and 28 km away from Thalassery. It is well connected by road and the Karipur (Calicut) International Airport is 77 km away.

Additional Info

  1. Hotels near Ponmeri Shiva Temple

    The North Park   +91 496 252 6922
    Gayatri International  +91 95263 55015
  2. HDFC Bank, SBT, Canara Bank
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Temple Rituals

The peculiarity of Ponmeri Shiva Temple is the presence of 'Trimurti'- Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. In addition to the Shiva, deities Vishnu, Brahma, Ganapati, Bhagavathi, Shankaranarayana, Adithya (Surya), Boothathevar (God of Spirits), Ayyappa, Murugan and Krishna are also installed in the temple complex. Ponmeri Siva is fondly called 'Thiyyannur Appa', following the incident related to Tipu's invasion.

Regular Offerings

Rudrabhishekam, Niramaala and Uma-Maheswara Pooja are the main offerings. Rudrabhishekam is the most important one.

Special Rituals

Lord Siva is in the sankalpa of Kirathamoorthy here. A separate shrine for Brahma is another unique feature of Ponmeri Shiva Temple .

Famous Festival

Januaray/February : Annual Festival

Februrary/March : Sivaratri

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