Location: Thodikkulam Siva temple, about 2 km from Kannavam near
Thalasserry on the way to Mananthavadi, Kannur district, north Kerala
Temples and palaces were the ancient galleries
for mural paintings in Kerala. One such at Kannur district which
has been attracting a large number of art lovers from all over the
world is the Siva temple at Kannavam. Here there are nearly 150
mural paintings, on an area of 700 sq ft. in about 40 panels, drawn
on the four walls of the sanctum sanctorum.
Based on Saivic and Vaishnavic (myths related to Lord Siva and
Lord Vishnu respectively) themes, the murals here portray the village
life from the 16th to 18th centuries. These are depicted along with
scenes like Rugmini Swayamvaram (Vaishnavic), Ravana vadham etc
from the epics.
The murals reveal the skill and perfection of the artistes who
once lived in this land. In these times mural painting followed
certain standards in the choice of colour, proportions, methods
etc. Only natural pigments were used in the making of murals. The
commonly used colours in the murals of Kerala are saffron-red, saffron-yellow,
green, red, white, blue, black, yellow and golden yellow.
The Thodikkulam Siva Temple, said to have been constructed 2000
years ago, has the sanctum sanctorum constructed in two-storeys
and is rectangular in shape. The outer building and an incomplete
Mukhamandapam (portico) in front of the central shrine completes
the whole structure.
If you are really impressed by these murals and want to see more
or take home a few panels, then click Murals of Kerala, for more
For the art lover who wants to learn this ancient art, Vasthuvidya
Gurukulam a school dedicated to mural paintings, will be the ideal
place to go to.
Getting there :
Nearest railway station : Thalasseri about 34 km
Nearest airport : Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode about
71 km to the south.