There is something about temples that appeals to me despite my being an atheist. The smells, the texture of the walls, an ancient feel, the age-old rituals and at times, the brilliant architecture, all of these create a very stimulating sensory experience.
I have generally been more enticed by temples that are from an age gone by, the new ones not so much. This is probably not as much of a rule as it is a yardstick for me to decide on whether or not to visit a temple. While giving in to this interest, I recently decided to revisit one of the temples that I have visited many times in the past (before I was allowed to be an atheist!).
The Peralassery Sri Subrahmanya Temple is located around 16 kms south of Kannur city on the Kannur-Kuthuparamba road. Considered as an ancient temple, it is popularly believed that this place of worship was built by Lord Rama himself. The presiding deity of the temple is the serpent form of Lord Subrahmanya and so when inside the temple, one can view many idols of the King Cobra. This majestic snake is considered holy and eggs are the main offering.
The temple ‘Chira’ or stepped pond/tank, positioned just outside the temple entrance, is a structure of impressive scale. Visitors/devotees to the temple make it a point to wash take a dip here before entering the temple. An important annual attraction is the eight day Kodiyettam festival that is celebrated in the month of December and the festivities have been drawing thousands of visitors here every year.
In short, if you are passing by, you might most definitely find a visit to this temple worthwhile.
Here are some photographs from my last visit to the temple.