Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Chokkur inscription

The Chokkur stone inscription is at the Sree Rama temple, Chokkur, Kozhikode. The inscription dates back to AD 932, the fifteenth anniversary of the reign of Kulasekhara king Kotha Ravivarma (917-947).

It has the earliest reference to the Devadasi system in Kerala and a temple dancer named Nanga. It stands proof for the prevalence of Devadasi system during the reign of the Kulasekhara dynasty.

Historians believe that some inscriptions in the temple were destroyed in the attack of the Mysore kings. The available inscriptions also mention a 36-acre land donated to the temple. Some historians are of the view that the inscriptions date back to AD 898.

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