Lokanarkavu (or LOKAMALAYARKAVU as was known) is a temple village, a part of Memunda area in Villiappally village, Vadakara Taluk Kozhikode District. The temple complex situated about 5 KM east of Vadakara town Proper road facilities are available to the temple complex.
Lokanarkavu temples are very unique as three principal deities are housed in separate temples in a compound. All the three temples are of principal deities, with separate sanctum sanctorum, outer sanctorum, rituals, festivals etc. The deities are of Vishnu, Parasakthi, and Siva in sequential order of their age. Vishnu temple in its present form may be 2000 years old, while the Bhagawathi temple is approximately 1300 to 1500 years old. Siva temple is relatively newer,. approx. 400 years old.
The Bhagawathi or Lokambika as is universally known is one of the four Ambikas,At Lokanarkavu, Bhagavathi is worshipped in three different forms, in the morning as Saraswathi,the Vidya Devatha, at noon as Lakshmi Devi, devatha of wealth, and in the evening as Bhadrakali.
With the blessings of Amma - Goddess Lokambika - business of the Nagariks flourished resulting in lesser and lesser time spent on the affairs of the temple. The Manager of the temple, Nelliyot Mooss, looked after the affairs of the temple profoundly.As the Mooss got older he requested the temple owners to relieve him of his temple duties. At that time a member of the Kadathanadu ruling family requested the Mooss to get him nominated as Manager. As he increased his pressure on Moossathu, the old man recommended him to the Nagariks. The Nagariks,with their full faith in Nelliyot Moossathu, entrusted the responsibility to this member. In course of time the temple came to be under the control of the ruling family of Kadathanadu.
With passage of time, the Nagariks realized that temple administration was in jeopardy and temple properties were lost.The Nagariks by then, became weaker in their trade and position in the society, asked the Raja to return the temple and properties. The Raja, by then a true British loyal, refused to return the temple. A civil case was filed at District Court and Madras High Court, but as sufficient evidences could not be submitted, the Nagariks claim was not accepted, but the learned Judges re-iterated the stand of Nagariks and confirmed that Kadathanad Raja was only a "manager of the temple and not the owners or ooralans. The court ordered that the temple be administered by the HR & CE board, a Government Agency of then Madras Government, allowing Kadathanad Raja to have hereditary trusteeship. Eventually, Kerala State was formed and the temples in the then Malabar District were put under HR&CE board of Kerala Govt, which later became Malabar Devaswom board. Although the descendants of the founder Nagariks were not able to get the administration of the temple back, their hereditary rights and privileges in the temple rituals were protected. That are being adhered to at the pleasure of Lokambika, even in the present days.
Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar was born (his mothers house) in Lokanarkavu area and spent his childhood at the courtyards of the temple He learned his first music lessons at Ammas' thirumuttam(temple courtyard) witnessed by Omnipresent Shree Lokambika.
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