Ezhunnallippu at Sree Ramaswamy Temple, Kannur
Sree Ramaswamy Temple is located at Thiruvangad, Thalassery, 23 kilometers away from Kannur town, Kerala. Dedicated to Lord Rama, the temple is locally known as chempadicha melkoora because of its copper sheathed roofing.
The temple houses exquisitely carved sculptures. It is believed to be the oldest among the four temples dedicated to Lord Sri Rama in the State.
The annual festival of the temple starts on the Vishu day, the first day of the month of Medom (April- May) according to the Malayalam calendar. Called Vishu Mahotsavam, this seven- day long festival is a colourful one with elephant pageantries, processions and fireworks.
Traditional drum ensembles like panchavadyam and pandimelam are essential for the Kazcha Sheeveli during the festival days. Kazcha Sheeveli is the ceremonial circumambulation of the temple in which the idol is taken out.
According to history, the temple was an outpost of the Thalassery fort in the eighteenth century. The temple premises had often hosted conferences between the officials of the East India Company and local leaders.