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A shrine for the heroes of Vadakkan Pattukal - Lokanarkavu

The Lokanarkavu Temple is located about 2 km from Vadakara in Kozhikode and is associated with the heroes and heroines of Vadakkan Pattukal or the ballads of North Malabar.  The exquisite mural and elaborate carvings of this temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, are a delight to lovers of art and mythology.  The Lokanarkavu Temple is the only temple in Kerala where the peculiar folk dance called Poorakkali is presented during festivals. The dance is performed by a group of young men in loin cloths and utilizes martial skills and masculine movements. It resembles the classic Kerala martial art form of Kalaripayattu.