Lokanarkavu | Vatakara (Badagara)

Lokanarkavu Bhagavathi Temple is situated at Memunda, around 5 km from Vadakara. The temple is dedicated to goddess Durga. It also has two adjacent shrines dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. There are three rock cut caves in the temple premises which are artfully engraved with beautiful carvings and fascinating murals.
Lokanarkavu Temple.According to legend, the temple is more than 1500-years-old. The candid murals and carvings here are a delight to art lovers. Associated with the heroes and heroines of the Vadakkanpattu, it combines an arresting simplicity and a legendary aura. Two annual festivals are celebrated at Lokanarkavu Bhagavathi Temple in the months of Vrischikam (November-December) and Meenam (March-April). Mandalavilakku festival in Vrischikam is the most important one.

Mandala Utsavam is the forty-one day annual festival at the Lokanarkavu Bhagavathy Temple near Vadakara in Kozhikode. This is the only temple where a peculiar folk dance called Thacholikali is presented.

The dance, performed during the festival resembles the martial art Kalarippayattu and is presented by a sect of people known as Theeyampadi Kurup. The temple finds frequent mention in the Northern Ballads as the presiding deity goddess Bhadrakali is the patron of warriors and war and is worshipped with martial art performances.