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Sukapuram (formerly Chokiram) is a village in Ponnani taluk, Malappuram district of Kerala. It is located near Edappal, on the plains south of the Bharathappuzha. The village is one of the earliest Brahmin settlements ("Sukapuram grama") in Kerala.
Sukapuram is famous for its Dakshinamurthy (Siva) Temple. It is believed to have been established by the great rishi Shuka. Siva as Dakshinamurthy is the principal deity of the temple (with goddess Parvathy and god Ganapathy). The grade-B temple is administrated by an Executive Officer under Malabar Devaswom Board (Malappuram Division).
Historical records in the temple
From Index to Cera Inscriptions, M. G. S. Narayanan (1996)
- C17 (10th century CE) - eastern side of courtyard in temple - single stone slab writing (22 lines, incomplete) on one side (Vattezhuthu with Grantha, Old Malayalam)
- C18 (10th century CE) - base of the second pillar of Vathilmadam in temple - single block of granite with writing (19 lines, damaged) on four sides (Vattezhuthu with Grantha, Old Malayalam)
- C19 (10th century CE) - base of the first pillar of Vathilamdam in temple - single block of granite with writing (15 lines) on four sides (Vattezhuthu with Grantha, Old Malayalam)
- C20 (close of the 9th century or the beginning of the 10th century CE) - stone built into the pavement of the courtyard in temple - single stone slab with writing (17 lines, incomplete) on side (Vattezhuthu with Grantha, Old Malayalam)
Renovations and restorations
An agreement was signed between Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) and Devaswom Board for setting transit camp complexes (edathavaloms) for Sabarimala pilgrims in several Kerala temples, including Sukapuram, in 2018. The temple is expected to receive Rs. 10 crore from KIIFB to set up edathavaloms in one and a half year. Travancore Devaswom Board is expected to manage the KIIFB funded work. There were also calls from the temple officials to spend some amount of the funding to restore the medieval carvings in the srikovil of the temple.
The temple is expected to receive an additional 8 crores for renovation and restoration. This include funding from Archaeology Department and Government of Kerala (Tourism Circuit).
The festival in the month of January with caparisoned elephants and percussion is famous in the region.
- "Sukapuram Sree Dhakshinamoorthy Temple official website". www.dakshinamoorthytemple.in. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
- "Temples List". www.malabardevaswom.kerala.gov.in. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
- As part of the agreement, seven transit camp complexes would be set up in Kazhakuttam, Erumeli, Chengannur, Chirangara, Sukapuram and Maniyankode temples.
- "Devaswom Board inks pact with KIIFB". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
- "ശുകപുരം ദക്ഷിണാമൂർത്തി ക്ഷേത്രത്തിൽ പത്തുകോടിയുടെ പദ്ധതികൾക്ക് ഭരണാനുമതി". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
- Official website - Dakshinamurthy (Siva) Temple
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