Lokanarkavu Temple, Vatakara

Lokanarkavu Temple is situated in Memunda 5 km from Vatakara, in Kerala state of south India.

Lokanarkavu is a short form of Lokamalayarkavu which means lokam made of mala, aaru and kavu. It is the official family temple of the five hundres Nagariks who had migrated to kerala and their successors.

Pooram is the important festival here and it is conducted with great pompo and show. The week-long festival begins with Kodiyettam and concludes with Arattu. The temple dedicated to goddess Durga has great historical importance as Thacholi Othenan, the legendary martial hero of Kerala, used to worship here every day.

Forty-one day Mandala Utsavam is the annual festival at the Lokanarkavu Bhagavathy Temple. This is the only temple where a peculiar folk dance called Poorakkali is presented during festivals.

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