IntroductionAuthor - K.R.Vaidyananthan
No visitor to Trichur can miss the Vadakkunnathan temple, "one of the most unique, ancient and important" of the sacred shrines of Kerala. It stands on a beautiful hillock at the center of Trichur
overlooking the town. The vast maidan around the temple is called Tekkinkadu or forest of teak woods and Trichur town literally revolves round the temple. Now, of course, there is no forest here.
The name Trichur is derived from Tiru-Siva-Perur. The holy place was also called Vrishachala, vrisha, meaning Nandikeswara.