Parassini Muthappan Madappura is a Hindu temple at a scenic location on the bank of Valapattanam River. It is 19 km from Kannur and 10 km from Taliparamba. Calicut International Airport is 129 km by road. The main deity is Sree Muthappan who is considered a manifestation of Lord Shiva.
Non-Brahmins perform the pooja rituals. Dogs are allowed to enter the temple and roam around freely. They are seen as Muthappan’s companions. Offerings to the deity include toddy and dried fish.
People from all sections of the society, irrespective of religion or caste, visit the temple. It promotes the essence of Vasudaiva Kutumbakam: the whole world is one family. There are no dress restrictions. But devotees are expected to wash their feet in the river before entering the temple. Footwear has to be kept outside.
Visitors are served a prasadam of boiled Vanpayar (red cow peas), coconut slices and tea. Lunch and dinner are offered free to all devotees in the Oottupura (dining hall).
Theyyam is the the ritualistic enactment of Sree Muthappan (as Thiruvappana and Vellattam) which is performed daily in the early morning and in the evening. Men wearing colourful masks and costumes perform this temple art form. It represents the conflict between good and evil, with good ultimately emerging victorious.
Vellattam and Thiruvappana are performed daily, from 5:45 to 8:00 am. Vellattam is also conducted in the evenings at around 6:30 pm. According to ancient belief, Thiruvappana is identified with Vishnu and Vellattam with Shiva.
After the performances, devotees line up in front of Muthappan and tell him of their grievances. He in turn passes some kind remarks which offer solace to the devotees.
The path leading to the temple is lined on both sides with shops selling pooja material and devotional videos.
It is an unwritten rule here that whatever is collected by way of gifts or offerings should be spent for the benefit of pilgrims. The daily offerings made to Muthappan are also different from that of other temples. It is customary to offer toddy and dried fish as nivedyam to the deity. The video shown below is by Vipin M.
People of all castes and communities, including Muslims and Christians, are known to make liberal contributions as vazhipadu to Muthappam. The annual festival falls on the first of December. It is a special occasion for pilgrims to visit Parassinikadavu temple.