Rajarajeshwara Temple is considered as most sacred for performing Koodiyattam and Chakyar Koothu. Whenever a new Koodiyattam is being directed, it is first performed at Rajarajeshwara Temple.
Koodiyattam Dance in Rajarajeshwara Temple
Only the Mani family of Chakyars solely possess the right of performing Koodiyattam in Rajarajeshwara Temple. The legendary Koodiyattam and Chakyar Koothu maestro, Natyacharaya Vidushakaratnam Padma Shri Mani Madhava Chakyar had performed here for many decades. The title "Vidushakaratnam" was awarded to him from Rajarajeshwara Temple.
Veerashringhala in Rajarajeshwara Temple
One of the greatest appreciation or award that an artist-scholar can get is the "Veerashringhala" or Golden Bracelet from Rajarajeshwara Temple. This Golden Award is given by the unanimous approval of the scholar body of Rajarajeshwara Temple. Guru Mani Madhava Chakyar is the youngest and last person to get the Virasringhala from here.
Offering to the God in Rajarajeshwara Temple
Ghee in small pots is offered to the presiding deity Lord Shiva or Mahadeva and is placed on steps leading to the sanctum of Rajarajeshwara Temple. These are called Neyyamrithu in Malayalam language. The men are allowed to enter Rajarajeshwara Temple at any time, but woman are allowed only after 8 PM.
Entering in Rajarajeshwara Temple
Only the males are allowed to enter the temple complex of Rajarajeshwara Temple. Though it is not practised as widely as it was in the earlier days, it is still a religious custom among many local Hindu women to visit three prominent temples in Taliparamba when they are pregnant. Apart from Rajarajeshwara temple, the other two temples are Sri Krishna at Trichambaram and another Shiva temple, Kanjirangad Sri Vaidyanatha Kshetram, in Kanjirangad, about 6 km from Taliparamba. It is believed that Lord Shiva at Rajarajeshwara temple assures the child a high status, Sri Krishna of Trichambaram bestows it with good nature and mental qualities and the deity at Kanjirangad temple gives the child long life.
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