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Built in the 14th century, it is one of the Brahminical temples closely associated with the Zamorin rulers of the coastal Malabar, the other being the Valayanaattu Kavu. It was during the Zamorian rule Vasco da Gama and his fleet arrived on the Kappad beach near here in 1498. The temple is considered one of the spiritual and cultural centers of Kozhikode. This temple located in the center of the city is famous for the annual cultural and intellectual event called Revathy Pattathanam.
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The other legend has it that when the Nambudri Brahmins, in order to vent out their frustration, resorted to ''fast unto death''(pattini) atop a mound called 'surgam', the Zamorian became just mute spectators because the honor and dignity of their Royal family was sullied and became a subject of criticism and ridicule. Soon numerous Numbudries faced death slowly. Consequently a stigma was cast on the Zamarian for indirectly responsible for the death of highly scholarly well-read people(Pundits), and thus they acquired Brahmahathi Thosam (killing of Brahmins) - possession of some evil spirit. The astrologers warned that this would spell disaster in the family and cause misery and pain and they had to absolve themselves of this sin. On the advice of Kolkunnathu Sivankal, the Zamorin instituted the annual Pattattanam in A.D.1309-1310 at the Tali temple to avoid Anishtam or unpleasant event in the royal family in the future. This annual event attracts scholars for discussion and exposition of their knowledge. The composer of Narayaneeyam (in praise of Lord Vishnu) was one such recipient. Today Rig Veda laksharchana was also conducted to commemorate the historic Revati Pattattanam.
The unfortunate invasion by Hyder Ali and his son Tipu of Mysore Kingdom almost destroyed several temples in Kerala and the Tali temple was one among them. In the 18th century, the Zamorin of the day renovated the building. The present temple was built by Manavikraman the great. Following a 'Devaprasnam' (astrological prediction), a common practice in Kerala temples, renovation was done in 1967. The flag staffs for Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna were installed as per temple rites.
Daily five Kala poojas and three processions of gods (Sivelis) are conducted here. In the evenings Namajapam or repeated chanting of Lord`s names is practiced here. The annual utsavam (festival) begins on Vishu day (Kerala New Year`s day) and lasts for seven days. On the 8th day the Arattu or bathing ceremony is held.
Granite slabs with carvings of mythical figures were unearthed from the premises of the Tali Siva temple in Kozhikode recently and they are being studied by the State Archaeology Department.