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Madiyankulam Durga Temple:

This templeis situated at Ajanur, about 5 km from Kanhangad,in Kasargod District of Kerala. It is a highly revered temple dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. Kshetrapalan, Bhagavati and Bhairavan are the other deities worshipped here. The most noteworthy fact of the temple is that a Brahmin priest performs puja only in the noon. The morning and evening pujas are performed by a division called Maniyanis. The annual festival of the temple is famous throughout the district.


A number of temples and fifteen mosques make this cashew growing town a prominent pilgrim centre.

Jain Temples:

There are two old Jain Bastis at Bengara Manjeswar on the southern bank of the Manjeswar River.


About 11 km from Kumbla on the Kumbla -Badiadka road is the Mother Dolorus Church of Bela. The hundred year old Roman Catholic church is built in the Gothic style. The Our Lady of Sorrows Church constructed in 1890, is the oldest in the district.

The memorial of the late Govinda Pai, the grand patriarch of Kannada literature, is also located at Manjeswaram

Jainism was the first missionary religion to reach the present Kerala in BC fourth century itself (Gopalakrishnan 2009).  The Pattanam excavations prove this historical fact beyond doubt now.  Indian rouletted ware with the inscription “Amana” meaning Sramana or Jain/Buddhist recently recovered from Pattanam near Muziris or Kodungallur testify the presence of Jain monks even in central Kerala itself around BC fourth century.

Manjeswaram was the headquarters of a Jain kingdom called Bengara-Manjeswar towards the northern frontier of present Kerala for atleast 500 years from 12th century onwards (Pathmakumar 43).  According to scholars involved in Jain studies more than 800 families where here and the debris of a destroyed fort is still found in the region.

 The relics of an ancient stone temple near the river mouth of Manjeswar close to the Arabina sea is also a clear evidence of the Jain antiquity of the place.  Manjeswaram still has two Jain temples or Jaina Basatis on the southern shore of river Manjeswar still called Bengara after the Jain kingdom.  There are also a few surviving Jain families here near Hosangadi to the west of NH 17 around the Parswanatha Basati.


If you’re interested in going on a journey of the spirit, take a trip to ‘Anandashram‘, located in Kanhangad of Kasaragod district. It was founded in 1931 by Swami Ramdas and Mother Krishnabai who wanted to spread the message of universal love and service to humanity. The ashram is situated on the side of the Manjampally Hill, which stands at a height of 250 metres above sea level.
As you enter the compound, you will find your senses soothed by the very ambience of the green, tranquil place that is ideal for introspection and meditation. A video on general information about the ashram will help first-time visitors to get acquainted with it.


Kasaragod has the rare distinction of housing some of the historically and religiously important places of worship in India .

Foremost among them is the Malik Dinar Juma Masjid – believed to have been built by Malik Ibn Dinar – at Thalankara.

Equally significant is the 9 th century Ananthapuram Lake Temple , said to be the original abode of Ananthapadmanabha, the presiding deity of Kerala's most famous place of worship, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple . Situated 30 km from Bekal, this is the only lake temple in Kerala.

Other prominent pilgrim centres include Madiyankulam Durge Temple at Kanhangad, famous for the Bhutha dance held during the annual festival.

The Sree Mahalingeswara Temple at Adoor on the banks of River Payaswini, the Madhur Temple with its rich architecture and copper plate roofing .

Manjeswaram , home to 15 mosques and two Jain temples.



Anandashram is an internationally renowned spiritual centre, 15 km form Bekal.

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