Mridanga Saileswari Navaratri & Pooram Celebrations
Date:29-09-2019 to 08-10-2019
Sree Mridanga Saileswari Temple is the only temple dedicated to a musical instrument, Mridangam. The temple annually celebrates two major festivals, one is the Navaratri and the other is the Pooram Celebrations.
During Navaratri celebrations, the final three days of Navaratri - Ashtami, Navami, and Vijayadashami-are set apart for the worship of the goddess of wisdom and learning. Vijayadashami day is also considered auspicious for initiating the children into the world of letters which is called Vidyarambham.
Pooram Mahotasavam is celebrated on the Pooram asterism in the Malayalam month of Meenam (March – April).
The temple is said to be the family temple of Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja. History says that when the mridangam descended on earth from heaven, it was caught by Goddess Saileshwari, who has no form or shape, while she was in meditation, thus creating a pit in the sand, which remains to this day. The dropping of the instrument created echoes in the mountain; hence the place where temple located is Muzhakkunnu in Kannur, which means a mountain that echoes. The temple also has a goddess in the shape of mizhavu, known as Mizhavu Bhagavathy.