The wisdom of the Vedas exudes in bounty on the day of Revathi Pattathanam. This event first began in the 14th century at the Thali Mahadeva temple, a legendary temple as ancient as the myth related to the formation of Kerala. The renowned Revathi Pattathanam used to be a seven days long annual congregation of scholars held under the supervision of Zamorins. This is a remarkable annual cultural and intellectual event in Kerala.
The Tali Temple is a marvel in the Kerala style of architecture. It is a remarkable blend of wood and laterite. The intricate brass-relief on the walls of the sanctum-sanctorum and elaborate brass carvings on the wooden roof are quite captivating. Revathi Pattathanam is organized to keep alive memories of the scholars’ meet that used to be held during the reign of the Zamorins (traditional rulers of Kozhikode, formerly Calicut). The event culminates with the conferring of the title Bhatta along with a panakizhi (sachet of money) to the selected scholar.
Thali temple is considered to be one of the Eighteen and Half Thali temples spread around in the state of Kerala. Thali Shiva temple situated in Pookkarathara on the outskirts of Edappal Town in Malappuram district. Here the Idol of Lord Shiva faces towards the West which is believed to be most Powerful when it comes to Shiva temples.
Constructed by Swamy Thirumulpad, the Zamorin, in the 14th century, within his palace complex itself, this temple is a prominent example of the blend of wood and laterite,
The main festival which used to be celebrated in the temple in the past, during the era of Zamorins, is the well-known ‘Revathi Pattathanam’, an annual competition of academic skills. However, with time, this festival lost its color and eventually died out of existence completely.
Location – 3 KM west of Angadipuram on the way to Malappuram from Perinthalmanna.