Know all about Dakshina Kashi - Kottiyoor, a divine aura in the wild

Kottiyoor in Kerala is one of the most sacred shrines of Shakti. There are very few shrines in India for Sati Devi among which Kottiyoor is one.

Located on the eastern border of Kannur district, Kottiyoor is a serene place nestled on the foothills of the Western Ghats along the banks of the holy River Vavali 

Sati is worshiped as Shakti in 'Ammarakkalu Thara', a raised platform adjacent to the Swayambhoo linga where Sati Devi immolated herself

Temple History of Kottiyoor

Daksha, a son of Brahma and one of the Prajapatis, was the father of Sati, who married Shiva against his wishes. To insult Shiva, Daksha performed a grand yagna, inviting all gods and goddesses except Shiva. 

Despite Shiva's disapproval, Sati attended the yagna and was insulted by her father. and Sati committed suicide. Enraged, Bhagwan Shiva, as Veerabhadra, decapitated Daksha but later replaced his head with a goat's head.

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In Kottiyoor, there are two temples: one on the western bank of the Vavali River and another on the eastern bank.

The eastern bank shrine, Kizhakkeshwaram or Akkare Kottiyoor, is a temporary hermitage opened only during the Kottiyoor Vysakha Mahotsavam

While the western bank's Vadakkeshwaram or Ikkare Kottiyoor (The Thruchherumana Temple) is a permanent temple.

Odappu, a "flower" made of bamboo pieces instantly is a thing every devotee buys from the temple to his home to be hung there for a year