The Taliparamba Rajarajeswara temple
is located at Taliparamba near Kannanur in northern Kerala.
In the local region, it constitutes
one of the trinity of temples held in high regard, one being the Vaidyanatha
Shiva temple and the other the Krishna temple at Trichambaram.
Legend has it that Rama
during his victorious return to Ayodhya from Lanka, stopped here to offer
worship to Shiva (as in Rameswaram).
In honor of his presence, devotees are not allowed into the namaskara mandapam even today.
regarded as one of the ancient Shakti Peethams. Legend
has it that the head of Sati - fell here after Shiva's tandavam following Sati's self
immolation (see legend of Daksha yagna).
This temple is regarded as one
of the 108 ancient Shiva temples of Kerala.
The quadrangular sanctum has a two
tiered pyramidal roof. In front of the sanctum is the namaskara mandapam. The temple has
Offerings of ghee in small pots are
made to the presiding deity Shiva and are placed on steps leading to the sanctum.
The Malayala new year Vishu
and Shivaratri are celebrated at this temple.