Significance of Cherukunnu Annapoorneshwari Temple

Cherukunnu Annapoorneshwari Temple is a famous Goddess Annapoorna Temple situated at Cherukunnu in Kannur, Kerala. Goddess Annapurna is a form of Goddess Parvati Devi and is regarded as the Hindu Goddess of nourishment. Read More about Cherukunnu Annapoorna Temple here.

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Importance of Cherukunnu Annapoorneshwari Temple

1) Cherukunnilamma Temple was originally a vaishnav temple with the deity Sri Krishna (Lord Krishna) in the Sri Kovil (sanctum sanctorum). Later the Sri Kovil for the Cherukunnilamma was added on to North side where the deity of Annapoorna Devi is installed. Both the Sri Kovils are of the same size, shape and made of same type of stones. This shows that both the god and goddess are having equal importance in the temple. It is the belief of the local people that the Devi Annapoorna visited the shrine and she liked the place and stayed there.

2) The main entrance to Annapoorneshwari Temple in Cherukunnu is to the Sri Kovil of the Sri Krishna. There is no direct entrance to the Devi's Sri Kovil. First the devotees have to offer pooja to Sri Krishna and then proceed to the Annapoorneswari Sri Kovil which is on the right side to Sri Krishna shrine. Both the shrines (Sri Kovils) are enclosed in a chuttambalam (naalambalam). In front of the Devi shrine there is no door but there is a hole in the wall of the chuttambalam. Devotees who do not want to go inside can have darshan of the Devi through this hole. The reason that is attributed to the non existence of a door to the Devi shrine is that in the olden days the Brahmin ladies (Antharjanams) are not supposed to be seen directly.

3) Main deity is Maha Vishnu in the form of Lord Krishna. However, the temple is known as Cherukunnilamma – Annapoorneswari Temple.

4) Inside the Annapoorna Devi's sanctum sanctorum, there is a mirror idol (kannadi bimbam) of the Devi, of around 3 feet tall which is a rare phenomenon not found usually in other Devi Temples in Kerala.

5) The Cherukunnu Annapurna Devi temple is in the list of the four major centers of Goddess Annapurna worship in India. Of the other 2, one in Kashi Maa AnnapurnaTemple (Banaras); one is in Horanadu Annapoorneshwari Temple in Karnataka about 300 km from Cherukunnu, on the western Ghat section. The 4th one is either the Annapoorneshwari Temple of Kanauji in Uttar Pradesh or in Thiruchanur near Thirupathi in Andhra Pradesh.

6) This temple in Kerala is in the category of the top 4 major Annapoorneswari Temples in India.

7) The whole temple is built with one singe type of rocks.


  1. the same Cherukunnath devi temple having origin at kannur is situated at Alangad, Katampazhipuram in Palakkad district.

  2. Is it Annapoorneswari Temple


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