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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.

Taliparamba is 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 no flagstaff.

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.