Harikanyaka Temple - Ariyannur
At a distance of 21 Kms from Thrissur Railway Station & 5 Kms from Guruvayoor Temple, Harikanyaka Temple is located in Ariyannur, between Thrissur and Guruvayoor.
Dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy (an incarnation of Goddess Durga), this temple was built in early 14th century. This temple is one of the ancient Maha Kshethrams. The carved entrance of the temple is a special attraction. People believe that Maha Vishnu has taken the avatharam of Kanyaka here, hence the name 'Hari Kanyaka'. In the past, this temple had a glorious history and it was much wealthier than Guruvayur Temple. This temple was the head of 32 surrounding Deshams.
Special festival is celebrated for 15 days in the month Meenum (December). One of ancient ritual called Chandrolsavam is celebrated here.
Timings: 5.30 AM to 9.30 AM & 5.30 Pm to 7.30 PM.