The Kannur city of Kerala holds the Cherukunnu Annapoorneshwari temple that is fully dedicated to the Goddess Parvati. The temple is located exactly 15 kilometers away from Thalipparambu which is one of the best cities in the Kannur district of the Kerala.
The temple was formally a Vishnu/Krishna Temple, dating back some 1500 years. The temple after Amma's Prathishta (giving sacred power to the idol of Annapoorneshwari) was built by Avittam thirunal Raja Raja Varma of Chirakkal Kovilakam. In Hindu mythology, it is said that the goddess arrived from Kashi with two other goddesses or devis ( Kalarivathikal Amma and Madai Kavail Amma) and a boatman in a golden ship, and disembarked at Azhi Theeram which is now known as Ayirum Thengu.The main festivities in the Temple start from the Malayalam month of Medam Shankramam (April 15), and is celebrated in the following seven days. The other festivals that are celebrated in the temple are Shiva Rathri, Navami, Ekadashi etc.
The temple is presently under the Malabar Devasom Board, and is maintained by the Temple Committee. A unique characteristic of this temple is that it is built of one single type of rock, and the Sree Kovil of both Annapoorneshwari and Krishnan is of the same size as per Vasthu, signifying that both the goddess and the god are given equal importance. The Entrance of the temple is in front of Krishnan's Sree Kovil, and the reason there isn't a direct entrance to Annapoorneshwari's Sree Kovil is because during the olden days, it was believed that women from brahmin families aren't supposed to be seen directly (Antharjanam). Hence there is a small window that is right in front of the Sree Kovil so that people can view the idol from outside. This is the only Annaporneshwari Temple in Kerala. It was built using polished stones and put together using avil and belam (a mixture of flattened rice and jaggery). Next to the Temple is the Temple pond or the Ambala Kolam, which is approximately 2.5 acres in area. In the centre is the Pole, otherwise known as the stumpa. The four major entrances of the Chera have been built using large layers of rock laid parallel to each other. The Chera also has a Kollapura (used by poojaris for bathing), located to the southwest of the Chera.
Temple Timings: 06:00 - 19:45 hrs
Vishu Vilakku: Being a Devi deity temple of the South India, the main festival concerned with the temple is the Vishnu Vilakku. This festival is celebrated in the month of April every year. The festival lasts around seven days and is celebrated with great joy and pleasure by using fireworks and crackers, along with the cultural events and other artworks. Another makeable festival of the temple involve the Prathista Dinam that implies the day when the idol was incarnated in the temple and is celebrated based on the Malayalam star annually in the related month. Other festivals include the Mahasivaratri, Navami and Ekadashi days that are treated equally important.