Temples in Kerala


The Southern State of india, Kerala has much to offer in terms of its hoary temple tradition. Kerala temple architecture is unique, and it is in harmony with the natural resources and the climatic conditions of the region. Elephants are an integral part of several of the festivities. A colorful calendar of festivals and strict worship protocols are associated with the hundreds of temples that line the landscape of Kerala.

 

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Ivormadom Parthasarathy Temple

  Idol : Lord Vishnu
 
Location : Guruvayur
  Dist From Gvr :  200 metres
  Upadevas :
  SIva , Ganapathy,Mahalakshmi,Dharma Sasthav,, Naga

 

It is great pleasure and pride to have the opportunity to deliver a historical importance about the origin of Ivormadom Parthasarathy Temple that is located at Pampady, near Thiruvilwamala. We all have faith in Vedas, Sastras, Jenma etc. being strong believers of Hindu religion. Rites and rituals are part of our life at every instant of our living and hence we strongly have faith in moksha or mukthi.

The renowned holy sacred temple is located on the river banks of Nila, enshrined with all holiness, in a serene atmosphere, waved with cold breeze under the foothillsala, at the north eastern....

Ashtami Rohini which is Lord Krishna's birthday is celebrated as the annual fest here. Various types of spiritual,worship and other arts cultural programmes will held on these days. This ashtami Rohini Fest will celebrate in every year of malayalam month chingam which is believed to be lord krishna's birthday

Address:
Sri.P.V.Madhava Warrier, Ivormadom,
Pampady,West, Thiruvilwamala
Phone :
04884-282069 , 3255499
Office : 04884 281955
Residency ; : 04884 282003

Cell :

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Website: www.ivormadom.com

Sree Bhavaneeswara Temple

  Idol : Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu
 
Location : Guruvayur
  Dist From Gvr :  200 metres
  Upadevas :
  Ganapathy,Subrahmania,Ayyappa,Sree
  Parvathy,   Brahma Rakshassu,Bhagavathy,Naga,Rakshassu

Sree Bhavaneeswara Mahakshethram situated in Palluruthy is a well known temple in Central Kerala. The consecration of the temple was conducted by Sree Narayana Guru Swamikal in 1904. This is the first temple of the backward classes to have a Golden Mast (Swarna Dhwajam). The temple as well as SDPY schools which is the 2nd largest school in the state are the two important institutions conducted by Sree Dharma Paripalana Yogam. SDPyogam is a social organization founded under the auspicious guidance of Gurudevan and the same is indeed instrumental to the educational, social, cultural and economic upliftment of Ezhavas of this region.

As the name denotes, this is a Siva temple where all the relevant rituals of a Mahakshethram is being conducted under the spiritual control of a Kshethram Thanthri. The ten days long festival of' the Kshethram which starts on Bharani Nakshathram during the month of Kumbha attracts thousands of devotees from various plates, every year. The Kavadi Khoshayothra conducted on Pooya Mahotsava day is also a spectacular show. Cultural and entertainment programmes on festival days are being staged at two locations at temple ground and High school ground. Almost all renowned artists and masters have performed on these stages. A Gajapooja where 108 elephants were presented in ornamental attire with traditional percussion did even attract the international media.

Address: Sree Bhavaneeswara Mahakshethram ,Sreenarayana Nagar - Palluruthy, Kochi - 06, Kerala, South India.

Phone :0484 2231095, 3940655

Cell :     + 91487 - 2550169

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Websitewww.sreebhavaneeswaratemple.com

 

Payammel Sri Sathrughna Swami Temple

  Idol : Lord Sathrughna
 
Location : Payammel
  Dist From Goruvayur : 
  Upadevas :
  Ganapathy,Subrahmania,Ayyappa,
  Brahma Rakshassu,Bhagavathy,Naga,Rakshassu

This Temple is situated at Poomangalam panchayat in Trichur district. Sathrughna Devan is a symbolism of the Sudharshana Chakra, which is been held in the sacred hands of Lord Maha Vishnu and Payyammal Sri Sathrughna Swami temple has the rare privilege of getting that holiness as the presiding deity. This temple is exactly situated little west of Vellangalloor junction on the Kodungalloor- Irinjalakuda route. This temple is also accessible from Irinjalakuda, through Edakulam Mathilakam route.

The idols of Sree Rama, Bharatha, Lakshmana and Sathrughna which were adored by Sri Krishna during the Dwapara period are installed and consecrated at Thriprayar, Irinjalakuda, Moozhikulam and Payyammcl temples respectively. The Pilgrimage to these four temples on a single day during the holy month of Karkidaka will shower the blessings for health and well being, child bearing all round prosperity especially to eradicate kalikala Doshas.

Since these four temples have been installed and consecrated on the same day, it is advisable to visit these temples in a single day. Accoriding to Aacharyas(SchoIars) the pilgrimage should start from Thriprayar and end in Payyammel, through Irinjalakuda and Moozhikulam. After these four Dharshanas, adoring the uniquely powerful Ganapathy at Payyammel temple and also join for the Prasad Ooltu will bring the end of pilgrimage to the four temples( Nalambala Pradhakshina) and it is the ideal way of getting showered by the enormous blessings of these Dasharathee temples.

Address:
Payammel Sri Sathrughna Swami Temple,
P.O Arippalam, Thrissur - 680 688 Thrissur,
Kerala, South India.

Phone : 0480-3291396
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Meenkulathi temple

  Idol : Bhagavathy
 
Location : Palakkad
  Dist From Gvr : 
  Upadevas :
  Ganapathy,Ayyappa,Sree
  Parvathy,  Kayaran,Naga,Rakshassu


Sri Meenkulathi Bhagavathi Amman Temple is in Pallasena Village, Palakkad District of Kerala. We visited this during Thai Vellaikkizhamai [1st feb 2008], but posting in the blog before Aadi Vellikkizhamai [1st aug 2008]. The nearest town is Kollengodu. This place can be reached from Coimbatore in three ways... via Pollachi or via Palakkad or direct to Kollengodu after crossing Ettimadai in NH-47 towards Palakkad.

Meenkulathikkavu is the oldest temple of Pallasena with a mysterious origin. Tradition has it that centuries ago three families belonging to the Veerasaiva Vellalar Mannadiar clan worshipped Goddess Meenakshi as their deity. Acute drought conditions in Chidambaram (Tamil Nadu) drove them to seek greener pastures. Soon after their worship of their destiny in Madurai one of them took a stone from there along with their other possessions.

Address:
Pazhayakavu Devaswom Pallassana.
P.O. Palakkad (Dist) - 678 505

Phone :  + 91487 - 2555425
Cell :     + 9104923 268495
                    0487 322125

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Sri Uma Maheshwara Swamy Temple

The legend says that Uma (Parvathi) and Maheshwara (Shiva) came down from the peak of Kailasa mountain in Himalaya to the Agastya mountain and finally reached Kollam town. Amazed by the beauty of Kollam articulated by beautiful gardens, palaces and royal highways, Shiva told Parvathi : one who visits Kollam will desert his/her Illam (Illam is a Brahminical idiom for home). The beauty of the place persuaded them to stay for the night and they located a banyan tree to rest under. The sculptor Venkiteshwaran who was living nearby had a dream in that night that he should build a temple for Shiva and Parvathi under the banyan tree. Obeyingly he constructed a temple and installed the idols of Uma and Maheshwara which later glorified into Mahaskhetra (big temple). Here both the deities are on a single Peedam (small platform).
No religious discrimination. Everybody is welcome. When Chinese, Parsis, Portuguese and Brits were here they used to come for the accomplishment of their wishes. The attitude of Shiva and Parvathi is: demand and get. Swayamvara Archana is a simple ritual for availing good marriage alliance whereas Uma Maheshwara Pooja and Ganapathi Homam (Homam is a bonfire ritual) are aimed at nullifying the ill-effects pronounced in the horoscopes. The temple festival is in the month of Edavam (May/June).

 

Trikkannad Siva Temple(Kasaragod)

This is an ancient temple situated at Chandragiri which is about 6 kms away from Kasaragod town. This is the head quarters of Anjooru Nayanmars - Troupes of five hundred professional singers sing jointly in praise of the greatness of the diety. This temple has close connections with Trikkannad Siva temple. The dignitaries of all the Kazhakams of Saliyas from Pattuvam to Panamboor (present Manglore) known as Pathinalu Nagaram assemble here annually on the second saturday of November

 

Parassinikkadavu Sri Muthappan Temple

Parassinikkadavu Sree Muthappan Temple is a famous centre of worship in Kannur (Cannanore), district of Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Muthappan (Lord Shiva). Located at Parassinikkadavu, about 20 km away from Kannur, this temple is unique for its worship styles and rituals. Unlike other temples here the offerings to the deity include toddy (an extract from coconut trees), fish and meat. As a ritual Theyyam is performed on all days in the temple. Theyyam is a ritualistic art form popular in Malabar, the region comprising northern districts of Kerala.
There are several versions of the story of origin of the temple. However the central character in all these stories is a boy with divine powers who came to the place from nowhere and disappeared mysteriously. Villagers who felt the presence of Lord Shiva erected a temple to mark his presence.
 

Sree Kantheshwaram Siva temple in Trivandrum

Shrikantheshwaram is a famous Shiva temple in Trivandrum. Seen here is the deepa sthambham which literally means pillar of lamps, which is exactly what it is. And makes for a beautiful sight when lit at sundown.

Kozhikkode Tali Mahadeva Temple

Situated on the banks of Valapattanam river, the temple attracts devotees from all over Kerala irrespective of their caste and faith Taliparamba The Kozhikkode Tali temple is an ancient one, dating back to the days of the Zamorin rule. The term Tali refers to a Shiva temple; however, the temple complex also houses a shrine to Krishna. Legend has it that Parasurama, associated with several temples in Kerala, worshipped Shiva here.Several legends associated with feudal rivalry, curses and relief from curses are associated with this temple. In its glorious days, this temple celebrated the Revathi Pattattaanam festival for seven days in the malayala month of Tulaa where learning and scholarship was celebrated with feasting and awards.
 
  The composer of Narayaneeyam (Guruvayur) is said to have been a recepient of awards at this festival. The Zamorin is also asociated with the pomp and splendor of the now extinct Mahamakam festival at Tirunavayi.
This temple suffered destruction at the hands of Tippu Sultan and Hyder Ali and was renovated in the 18th century. The current structure dates back to the period of the ruler Manavikraman.
The two storeyed sanctum has works of art in terms of stone sculptures and wood work with scenes from the puranas. In front of the sanctum is a chamber with intricate woodwork.
There are also shrines to Ganapati, Narasimha and Saasta.
In the north east segment of the temple complex is the Krishna shrine with its own set of mandapams and a flagstaff.
The 7 day long annual festival commences on the Malayala new year. Five worship services are offered each day.
The Kanjiragat Shiva - Vaidyanatha temple is located at Taliparamba near Kannanur in northern Kerala.
In the local region, it constitutes one of the trinity of temples held in high regard, one being the Taliparamba Shiva temple and the other the Krishna temple at Trichambaram.
The Vaidyanatha temple regards Shiva as the divine physician or Vaidya (as in the Vaideeswaran temple in Tamilnadu, the Vaidyeshwara temple in Karnataka).
Shiva as enshrined here is said to bear the aspects of Aditya the sun God and hence, Sundays are considered to be of great significance in this temple.
The water from the abhishekam ceremony is offered as the prasadam here and is said to possess medicinal properties. It is believed that many suffering from diseases, find cure upon offering worship here.
It is said that in the Taliparamba temple, women were allowed to visit the temple only after the evening worship service, and that this temple was built to facilitate all visitors to offer worship at all times.

Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple

Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is a Hindu temple in Kaviyoor,Kerala, India dating back over 1000 years. It is commonly called Thrikkaviyoor Mahadeva Temple. The main deity is Lord Mahadeva (Shiva and Vishnu) and the Temple is also known for its Hanuman temple. This is one of the famous major temples of Travancore Devaswom Board under Thiruvalla group of temples.

History

Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple has a unique style of architecture and is one of the oldest of the Mahadeva temples in Kerala.
 
It is believed to have been constructed in the early years of the 10th century and the 'Kaviyoor Shasanas' of 950 AD has references to the gifts that were offered to this temple. But the actual time of construction is not known,like any other old temples. Certainly, this temple belongs to the oldest period of strucural temples.
There are two inscriptions on the basement of the main sanctum dated 950 & 951 AD. The Sasanaas are surely an addition, since they were written after the temple was constructed.
It stands on a small hillock and is built in the gable style architecture peculiar to Kerala. Several historians, like Stella Kramrich has this opinion. The perfect round Sreekovil with Sandhara style and its peculiar basement clarifies this opinion.
 

Shrimath Anantheshwar Siva Temple

Located at Manjeswaram (15kms from the town), Shrimath Anantheshwar Temple traditionally renowned as Manjula Kshetra is the most ancient temple of Gowda Saraswat Brahmins, enclosed between hills on three sides and river Manjeswar on the other side. Dates back to 2nd century, the uniqueness of the temple is that it has three presiding deities, i.e Anantheshwara (Lord Shiva), Bhadra Narasimha (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) and Lord Subramanya in the same sanctum sanctorum. The image of Shiva is believed to be an 'Udbhava' or 'Swayambhoo' (Self emergent) and the image of Narasimha is made of Panchaloha (five metals).
 
Another specialty of the temple is the ant hill called 'Rohini' inside the sanctorum. Besides the main deities, other idols enshrined here are Lord Mukhyaprana, Lord Rudra, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesh and Lord Garuda. To the right of the temple there is a sacred pond and it is believed that a dip in this sesha tirtham will cure the leprosy patients.
Manjeshwar Shashti, the main temple festival falls on the sixth day of the month of 'Margshirha' (November- December), is celebrated as the annual Chariot Festival. On this day, the six wheeled chariot called Brahma Ratha decorated with flowers and flags is drawn along the street by thousands of devotees. Built in 1834, the ratha with a girth of 53 feet and a square base of 17 feet is a magnificent wooden edifice adorned with carved figures and when decorated, the girth raises to a height of 71 feet. Lord's idol is placed above the square base and the devotees pull the chariot with shouts of Govinda-Govinda. The chariot can accommodate around 50 to 60 persons. 
 

Mahalingeshwara Siva Temple

Mahalingeshwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located in the scenic village of Adoor, 45 kms east of Kasargod. This 13th century temple on the southern bank of river Payaswini is believed to have been founded by Arjuna, the mythical Pandava archer. Legend has it that it is at Adoor where 'Kiratha Yudham', the battle between Lord Siva and Arjuna took place. The walls of the temple is adorned with colourful paintings of Ganapati and Sashta and the roofs are exquisitely carved with the scenes from holy scripts. The transliterated inscription of Sanskrit in Kannada script in the temple shows that it is someway related to the Western Chalukya King Kirthivarman II of 745-755 AD.
 
The annual Jatra or festival of the temple starts with Dhwaja Arohanam (hoisting of the temple flag) on the 27th of Kumbham (February, March) and concludes with the Avabhritha Snanam (holy dip) in the water of the Payaswini on the fourth of Meenam (April) every year
 
 

Madai Vadukunda Siva Temple

The Madai Vadukunda Shiva Temple is believed to have been constructed by "Kolathiri" Kings during medieval period on a plateau land generally known now as "Madai Para" in Madai Village, Kannur Taluk and District of Kerala State. This is situating 22 km north of Kannur, the Head Quarter Town. The "Kolathiri" Kingdom is an inherent branch of erstwhile "Mooshaka" Dynasty, which ruled "Ezhimala" empire during 5th to 8th Century. About 1200 years back a branch of their dynasty had migrated and settled down at Madai, which was then an important port and trading center, 4 km south of Ezhimala.
 
They constructed castles and temples and established their head quarters on "Madai Para", a significant plateau land lying at about 150 ft height from the sea level having sight to an extent of 20 km from all sides. Sree Vadukunda Siva Temple was thus constructed on "Madai Para" in the southwest corner of it at a holy spot due to the presence of the divine power of "Swayambhoo" of lord Siva.
 
 

Mannur Siva Temple

Modelled like the Siva Temple at Tiruvannur, this exquisitely carved Gajaprathista styled laterite structure is more than two centuries old. It is believed that Sree Parashuraman starts his Siva Linga prathista at Tiruvannur and completes it here every noon. The noon pujas here are therefore considered very special. The annual Sivaratri festival is celebrated in a big way.
 

Triprangode Siva Temple

One legend relates the story of how Shiva protected Markandeya from the clutches of death. (Yama).Mrikandu rishi and his wife Marudmati worshipped Shiva and sought from him the boon of begetting a son. As a result he was given the choice of either a gifted son, but with a short life on earth or a child of low intelligence but with a long life. Mrikandu rishi chose the former, and was blessed with Markandeya, an exemplary son, destined to die at the age of 16.Markandeya grew up to be a great devotee of Shiva and on the day of his destined death he continued his worship of Shiva in his form of Shivalingam.
 

The messengers of Yama, the god of death were unable to take away his life because of his great devotion and continual worship of Shiva. Yama then came himself in person to take Markandeya's life away. Markandeya ran away from him and reached near the sivalinga and started praying by chanting panchakshari mantra. By hearing this the yama raja threw the noose to catch him. By accident of fate the noose mistakenly landed around the Shivalingam, and out of it, Shiva emerged in all his fury attacking Yama for his act of aggression. After defeating Yama in battle to the point of death, Shiva then revived him, under the condition that the devout youth would live forever. For this act, Shiva was thereafter known also as Kaalakalaya, meaning 'one who brought death, to death himself'.Thus Maha Mrityunjaya Stotra is also attributed to Markandeya .

 
 

Pallavur Siva Temple

Pallavur is situated in Palakkad district of Kerala. It is 20 km away from Palakkad town, on the way to Nemmara. This place is famous for its Siva Temple and the traditional keralite percussion maestros, late Pallavur Trio, who were synonymous with the only symphony of Kerala, the Panchavadyam. Pallavur village stretches about 3-4 sq.km and comes under Pallassena Village Panchayat. The population may count to 4000 – 5000, approximately

Chengannur Mahadeva Temple

Chengannur Mahadeva Temple is one of the oldest and famous temple, situated in Allappuzha dist. (Kerala). It is a sprawling temple complex with a circular Sanctum. Lord Shiva and Parvathi Devi are the main investitures of this temple. Differing from other temples, there are two main Shrines in this temple. Lord Shiva facing East and Devi facing West. The main shrine is a conical copper plated one. Devi’s main Idol is made with an alloy of five metals (Panchaloham). The Shivalingam, is covered with a gold plate bearing an image of Ardhanareeswara - or the Shiva-Shakti manifestation of Shiva.The other sub-investitures of the temple are Ganapathi, Shasta (Lord Ayyappan), Chandikeswaran, Neelagrivan, Ganga, and Naagar. There is also a shrine of SreeKrishna nearby.
 
The temple was constructed centuries back in accordance with an architectural design evolved by the famous Perunthachan. In the 18th Century the temple complex was damaged by fire and renovated later by Vanghipuzha Thampuran except the Kuthambalam (Performance Hall). This could not be restored to its original position as it had been designed and constructed by Perunthachan. The structure of the Kuthambalam originally constructed by Perunthachan was in such a manner that the shadow of the performer would not fall on the stage if all the lamps were lit on each of the post of the Kuthambalam. The mukhamandapam in front of the temple and other mandapams in this temple are full of exquisite woodwork.
Compared to other temples, this temple has a peculiarity of its own, quiet distinct from other temples. The interesting belief and festival of this Temple is Triputharattu which is considered as a symbol of fertility. This festival is connected with a menstruation ceremony, which is observed periodically in the temple. That is why this temple is also considered as Shakthi Peedam.

Tirunakkara Mahadeva Temple

The Tirunakkara Mahadeva temple is located in Kottayam on the Ernakulam Tiruvanandapuram railway line. South of Kottayam is the Shivastalam Ettumaanur and north of it is Vaikom.
Legend has it that a local ruler was an ardent devotee of the Vadakunnatha temple at Thrissur and that he would make frequent trips to Thrissur from Kottayam. Such trips became harder as the king advanced in age.
During one of his trips, he had a dream in which Shiva of the Vadakkunnathan temple told him that he would manifest himself in the Tirunakkara hill in Kottayam.True to the dream, a plough struck rock on the Tirunakkara hill and blood started oozing out; further careful excavation yielded a buried Shivalingam and a Nandi.
 
The theme of this legend is seen at several Shiva temples all over the land, where the Shivalingam is regarded as a self-manifested one and not one created with a chisel. This temple celebrates its annual festival during the first ten days of the malayala month of Meenam
 

Tiruvanchikkulam Siva Temple

Tiruvanchikkulam, now a suburb of Kodungallur was a center of great historic significance during the chera period. Cheran Senguttuvan is said to have built the temple to Kannagi - a manifestation of Kaali or Kotravai or Durga, here (Silappadikaaram).

It is believed to have been a Shiva temple originally, as worship is offered first to Shiva before being offered to Bhagawati, and there is a mandapam in front of the shiva shrine, and there is none infront of Bhagawatis. The image of Bhagawati is believed to have been carved out of a jack fruit three.The face of the image is covered with a mask, and the image is decorated with several pieces of jeweelry.
 
Legends: This image is believed to be a personification of Kali, who had killed the demon Daaruka. Daaruka is said to have worshipped Bhrama, and harassed the devas. The goddesses created Bhramani, Vaishnavi, Maheswari, Kaumari, Varahi and Indrani from Bhrama, vishnu, Mahadeva, Kumara, Yama and Indra, and they were defeated by Daaruka, however Shiva created Kaali and she killed Daaruka.
The Temple: The image of Kali faces east. There is a crimson cloth hung on the western wall of the sanctum and worship is offered here. There is also a secret chamber east of the Kali image, with an underground passage. Also is a shrine to Kshetrapala, the guardian deity and Vasurimala associated with small pox.

 
 

Mahadeva Temple Koorkancherry

The presiding deity of this temple, located 2 kms from Trichur, is Lord Siva. The Siva idol at this temple was installed by Sree Narayana Guru, the famous religious & social reformer.The festival of this temple is known as " Thypooya Maholsavam" and the celebrations last for seven days. The main attraction of the festival is the colourful performance of "Kavadiyattam". On the last day of the celebration, the 'Kavadiyattam procession starts in the morning, with ten sets of 'Kavadis', each set comprising 30 'Ambalakavadis' and 60 Pookavadis'. Ambalakavadi is a decorated model of the temple. Pookavadi is bow-shaped and the performer carrying the kavadi dances to the rhythm of music

Muthuvara siva temple

Sree Maheswara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated in Koorkancherry, 2 km away from Thrissur. The temple idol was installed by the well known religious and social reformer, Sree Narayana Guru. The Thypooya Mahotsav, the annual seven day festival of the temple is celebrated with pomp and splendor by the devotees. Regular bus and taxi services are available to the temple. Cochin International Airport, located 58 km from Thrissur is the nearest airport. Rail aspirants can access this place through Thrissur Railway Station. Local attractions include Vadakkunnathan Temple, Archeological Museum and Thrissur Zoo

Peruvanam Mahadev Temple

Peruvanam Mahadev Temple, located at Peruvanam, is a circular temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is an ancient temple of archeological value and dates back to the 12th century. Spread over an area of 6 acres, the temple is built in Kerala style of architecture. It is one of the important temples under the Cochin Devaswom Board.
The main attraction of the temple is the unique idol of Lord Shiva, two Sivalinga on the same pedestal and he is worshipped here as Erattayappan. The Sanctum Sanctorum is noted for its intricate carvings. Vattezhuthu and Malayalam inscriptions have been engraved on the walls of the temple and the temple is also known as Perumtrikkovil.
 

The shrikovil is on the first floor and the roof over the second floor runs the entire length of the building, which is a rarity in Kerala style of architecture. The whole edifice is 21 m high and stands apart from the nalambalam. The nalambalam, built in wood, is designed in the vimana style of stone construction and is decorated by thousands of oil lamps. These lamps are lit during festive occasions. The octagonal shikhara on top blends with the gabled roof, giving it a magnificent appearance.

The Mahadev temple is famous for Peruvanam Pooram. This annual festival of the temple is a one-day celebration. In the evening, elephant processions, from the neighboring temples, reach the Mahadev temple and pays tribute to Lord Shiva. It is followed by the display of thirty traditionally ornamented elephants. To add to the beauty of the festival, the traditional percussion music, Pancharimelam and Pandimelam, are also performed by the drummers.
 
 

Chittoorkavu Devi Temple

Chittoorkavu is in the townshiop boundary of Chittoor muncipality abovt 30 kms from Palakkad town. The eastern side of the ghat is known as ‘ Kongan Nadu'. At a remote time in the history of Malabar, the Kongan army entered Chittoor through the mountain pass and a fierce fight followed. In the fight the people of Chittoor, with the help of Chittoor Goddess could defeat the Kongans. To commemorate the event every year ‘Konganpada' festival is celebrated at the Chittoorkavu temple. Goddess Durga in her formidable form is the main diety of the temple. ‘Chanthattom' is the important ritualistic offering of the goddess and as a result of the incessant offering, the idol had turned in to deep black.

The legend about the divine birth of Devi Kali is as follows:- Daruka was a wicked demon. He conquered the three worlds with the miraculous boon that he obtained from Brahma. The Devas suffered much due to continual torment of the demon. Consequently Lord Siva became angry and out of his fire of anger there existed the goddess Kali, who was entrusted with the work of killing the demon Daruka. But killing of Daruka was not an easy task. Daruka's blood must not drop on the ground. If the blood fell on the ground, each drop of blood would transform into a new demon. In order to prevent the blood from falling on the ground Siva created a genie (evil spirit). The goddess climbed on the genie's back and fought against Daruka. Eventually the Goddess cut off Daruka's head and held it on a triple-pointed lance. Blood gushed out from the cut, but not a single drop fell on the ground because the genie and the other evil spirits drank each drop of blood as and when it came out of the wound.
The facial expression of the Goddess at the time of assassinating Daruka had been horrifying and of course, it relfected in the idol also.

Near the chittoor Kavu, to the north-western side, there is another wooded area called ‘pazhayannur Kavu', which is considered to be the original adobe of the Goddess.

In the early historic period Thamizhakom was divided into five large territories of which on was the Kongan area (Kongu Nadu). The rulers of the Kongu Nadu were known as Kongu chears.

the Kongans were jealous of the peopleo of Chittoor mainly because of the difference in geographical condition. The Kongan areas on the eastern side of the mountain pass were entirely different from Chittoor.

The Kongan Nadu was mostly barren with less vegetation and rainfall. The soil was not a all fertile. As a result the Kongans used to trespass the Chittoor area and made a fuss by indulging in robbing and arson. So the chieftains of Valluvanadu, Palakkad and Kozhikode were against the Kongans. Then the KOngan ruler wanted to bring Chittoor under his rule. So he led an army to Chittoor. The people of Chittoor were very much bewildered at the unexpected entry of soldiers into their place. so they assembled in front of their Savour. Pazhayannur Goddess and prayed for help. Suddenly they could hear a voice of an invisible being, “Go ahead, nothing to be afraid of . Success will be yours. I am here to help you.”


The Kongan army inflicted a crushing defeat upon the Chittoor Nair army so that the lost all hopes of success. At this critical moment there heard a thunderous noise of laughter at the battle field challenging the Kongans. “Chittooramma” directly entered into the battlefield! No sooner did the Kongan army see the frightening figure of the Goddess than they took to their heels. Mean while she assassinated the ruler of the Kongan's and a few soldiers. The joy of the people of Chittoor knew no bounds. In memory of their victory they celebrated ‘Konganpada' festival at the temple. It has still been celebrating with ceremonial ritualistic functions on Monday after the new moon in the month of ‘Kumbom' (february/March) every year.

After the battle since the Goddess was very tire, she took rest on a rock. Then the people were able to see the Goddess with their naked eyes. In order to ward off her tiredness, they offered her meat and alcohol. The Goddess shared it with other evil sprits and disappeared. Before long, the people consecrated an idol of the Goddess at this spot and began to worship it. A temple of Durga thus originated at this place.

Since the people's first offering to the devi was meat and alcohol, the rituals at this temple were performed by Nairs and not Brahmins, under the leadership of Naluveettu Menon, and this tradition is still following at the temple.

The ceremonial festival ‘Konganpada' begins with the reading of palm-leaf inscription chellenging the chieftains of Chittoor for a battle. The right for the conduct of the festival rests upon the Menons of Naluveedu.

On the festival day the people of the village assemble at one place under the leadership of the Menon, and go to the original resting place of the Goddess to offer sacrifices. Later they return to Chittoorkavu with a ceremonial procession. The figure of the Goddess is drawn artistically on the spat of areca nut leaves and are put on the head of person so as to perform a dance known as ‘Kolam Thullal' (a rustic devil dance). This is considered to be the main ritualistic performance in which many families participate who wish to have peace and prosperity.

The festival ends with a special item known as ‘Pallu' in which the people sing and dance to their hearts content after taking a non-vegetarian meal in order to commemorate the Devi's victory over Kongans


 

Kumaranallur Bhagavathy Temple

Kumaranallur village is situated nearly 4 kms northwests of Kottayam town. Enjoying the beauty of nature and radiating the glory of ancient civilization, there remains a two storied magnificent temple gate tower. The temple faces to the east. A golden flag staff welcomes the devotees who enter the temple through the east gate. The flag staff was erected in 1089 M.E by the local people. The golden top-dome was offered by the Uthram Thirunal Marthanda Varma, the brother of Swathi Thirunal Maharaj in the year 102 M.E. From the gate tower, at some distance to the north, there is a large temple tank and opposite of thisthere exists the Devaswom palace.

The way, through the main gate, leads to an elephant shed. The idol of ‘Vana Durga' is just at the south-western corner. Like the Panachickal Devi at Vaikom temple, here also the Goddess remains in the open air, popularly known as the ‘Alunkal Devi'.

The shrine is round in shape and the large building around it proclaims of dignity of the temple. The artistic work above the altar is attractive and commendable. the roof is thatched with copper sheets. At the north western part of the alter is situated an idol of Sree Dharma Sastha. On the altar there is an oil lamp in which 24 wicks can be lit. Chempakaseri Rajah, while he was in power used this lamp in front of this family deity at the palace, but after the invasion of his territory by Marthanda Varma, this auspecious lamp was offered to Kumaranallur temple.
Kumaranallur village is situated nearly 4 kms northwests of Kottayam town. Enjoying the beauty of nature and radiating the glory of ancient civilization, there remains a two storied magnificent temple gate tower. The temple faces to the east. A golden flag staff welcomes the devotees who enter the temple through the east gate. The flag staff was erected in 1089 M.E by the local people. The golden top-dome was offered by the Uthram Thirunal Marthanda Varma, the brother of Swathi Thirunal Maharaj in the year 102 M.E. From the gate tower, at some distance to the north, there is a large temple tank and opposite of this there exists the Devaswom palace.

The way, through the main gate, leads to an elephant shed. The idol of ‘Vana Durga' is just at the south-western corner. Like the Panachickal Devi at Vaikom temple, here also the Goddess remains in the open air, popularly known as the ‘Alunkal Devi'.

The shrine is round in shape and the large building around it proclaims of dignity of the temple. The artistic work above the altar is attractive and commendable. the roof is thatched with copper sheets. At the north western part of the alter is situated an idol of Sree Dharma Sastha. On the altar there is an oil lamp in which 24 wicks can be lit. Chempakaseri Rajah, while he was in power used this lamp in front of this family deity at the palace, but after the invasion of his territory by Marthanda Varma, this auspecious lamp was offered to Kumaranallur temple.

 


 
 

Thirunelli Mahavishnu Temple

Thirunelli is a place located nearly 32 kms from Mananthavady town, Vayandu. Attached to the Kadaku mountain ranges there is a hill called Brahmagiri whose beautiful valley is considered to be a holy place where we can see the amous Thirunelli temple.
The idol in the temple is placed by Brahma, who made the place holy by ‘Yaga' (holy sacrifice). The name of the hill confirms the act that the place is related to Brahma.
There is a legendary story behind the name of the place;-
The Brahmins set out a journey in search of God. The journey through the thick forest made them tired and hungry so they looked for some fruit in the forest. Finally they saw a gooseberry tree. There ate gooseberries as many as they could, drank water from the forest spring and slept there. They had dreams by which they understood that the gooseberries had got some divinity. They also realised the presence of Maha Vishnu and Parama Siva in the forest. Since they considered the gooseberries as the gift of the Gods, they named the place as ‘Thirunelli'.

The archeologists who found out the copper inscription from Thirunelli, reveal the fact that the temple was famous even at the time of Bhaskara Ravi Varma. The ‘Unniyachee Charitham' which is considered to be written in the 13 th century has got references of this temple. So the temple must be nearly 700 years old.

The shrine is dedicated to Maha Vishnu. The stone image which face to the east has got 3.5” tall and bears divine weapons. There is neither an elephant shed nor a flag staff at the temple. The walls of the shrine are made of black stones and they have sculptural works. A ‘Thampurn' from Kudaku paid more interest in the construction of the temple. But the owner of the temple did not like it. (Some people believed that the temple belonged to Vellattiri and others are of option that it belonged to Kottayam Thampuran.) So the construction work was interrupted. Some important works were left undone. The floor of the temple building is made of blackstone without using cement or mortar. Sheets of stones are used for the roof and of course, thick pieces of stones were used for pillars.

It is strange thing to have a temple without a well. From Brahmagiri hill a stone passage was made for a spring to flow though to the temple all the year round.
To the west of the temple about one furlong away is the ‘Papanasini' (destroyer of sin). It is believed that the water in the Papanasini has got the power of washing away our sins, so as to enable us to get salvation.

The Hindus believe that if they perform oblation at the ghat the departed souls of their dear ones will get redemption and finally find a place in heaven. It is said that Sri.Rama and Parasu Rama had performed oblation here for their ancestors.

‘Panchatheerthakulam' is another pond very near to the temple. In the midst of this pond there is a rock on which two feet are symbolically carved as that of Maha Vishnu in addition to his usual wearing's. It is believed that Maha Vishnu gave this advice to Brahma by standing on this rock!

At some distance away from the ‘Panchatheertham' there is a small cave temple. This cave had been made by burrowing a big rock. Though it is a Siva Temple , it is believed that the trinity is also present at the temple. After performing the oblation at the ‘Papanasini' it is customary that the devotees must get into the temple to worship the Gods.
 


 
 

Ernakulam Siva Temple

In front of the Siva temple in Ernakulam there lies the Cochin backwaters. The deity faces westward and enjoys the beauty of the sea.

It has been an accepted fact that the origin of the Malayalam languages is partly from Tamil. At the time of the construction of the temple the language used at this place was Tamil so that the people called the Lord as ‘Erayanar'.

In the days gone by Ernakulam was a village where there were many canals, small landscapes, backwaters and even small woods. So the spot where the temple was constructed had got the name ‘Erayanarkulam' later became Ernakulam. But popular legendary story tells us another version as follows:-

The age ‘Kulu' who was observing strict penance on the Himalayas had a disciple called ‘devalan'. Once he behaved defiantly against the sage, his ‘guru'. So the sage cursed him to become a serpant. There upon he was known as ‘Hrishinaga'. In order to evade from the curse, as it was advised by the sage, he had to fetch the Sivalinga kept by other serpent in the behula forest. So he set out in search of the idol. He covered a long distance and at last came to the forest where he found teh idol. He took it cunningly from the serpent. On his return journey, he stopped at a place where there was a pond. He placed the idol on the bank adn took a bath. Then he bowed before the idol on the bank and took a bath. The he bowed before the idol and offred prayers and incantations. But when he tried to take up the idol he found that it had been fixed firmly to the ground. He tried his best but failed. Since Hrishinaga worshipped the idol, he gained deliverance from all worldly bonds. So the place was known as Hrishinagakulam, where the present Lord Siva's temple had been cropped up and in course of time the name of the place was shortened to form Ernakulam.

 

Vaikom Mahadeva Temple

The ‘Sanctum Sanctorum' of the temple is large and spacious and the Shiva Lingam itself is about two meter high. The annual festival of the temple is Ashtami in the month of Karthige; Ashtami on the 12 th day, and Arattu, the holy water bath for the deity on the 13th day. The Ashtami day is considered as auspicious that it is observed throughout Kerala with special worship to Vaikuntappan. At the temple, each of the days of the Ashtami festival has a special programme, ‘poojas' and rituals, elegant processions, public feeding, music, dancec etc. Thousands of visitors and pilgrims attend each day's function. These celebrations reach the peak on the ashtami day.

From the early hours of this day, devotees crowd the temple for ‘Darshan' as this is considered auspicious. The main event occurs at night when the happy meeting between Vaikuntanathan and His son, Lord Subramanya, the presiding deity of the nearby Udayanapuram, takes place. It is believed that Udayanapuradappan, as the son is called, had gone to a battle with the Rakshasa and the meeting is an occasion for the father to greet the triumphant son.

The coming of Udayanapuradappan accompanied by the Gods and Goddesses of the neighbouring temples, all mounted on gorgeous caparisoned elephants with ‘Nagaswaram' and hundreds of torches (Theevattees), provide a grand sight. Hundreds of thousands of visitors collect to witness the symbolic meeting of the father and the son and make offerings to the deities. It looks as though the Gods converse with each other, meeting as they do, after a ong interval. After going round the temple, the ‘leave taking ceremony' (aarattu) takes place. For this function also, Udayanapuradappan comes to Vaikom and there is a join worship for father and son. After this ceremony, Vaikuntappan also goes to his son's place and has a bath. There are ‘poojas' for the two Gods.

During the recent times, Vaikom became famous for its ‘Satyagraha' movement for temple entry was initiated here. in the beginning, it was given for the right to use the roads leading to the temple. It started as early as in 1924 and lasted for several months. Many prominent political leaders like C.F Andrews, C.Rajagopalachari, Srinivasa Iyengar, hd visited Vaikom Satyagraha Ashram.

 
 

Varkala Janardhan Temple

Kerala is well known as a land specially blessed by nature. Thought it is sometimes designated as ‘The Kashmir of the South' (in the olden days), it si distinctly more than that. It represents a happy blending of the wonderful beauties of land and sea which is found nowhere in India .

Varkala, a sea side town, also known as Janardanam, is a sacred pilgrim centre situated near Thiruvananthapruam in Kerala, and is famous for its ancient temple of Krihna , who is popularly called as Janardana. In Sri Maha Bhavatham, mention is made that balarama, the elder brother of Sri Krishna, visited this shrine during this pilgrimage to Kanya kumari temple and also a few other temple in the south. Also, it is as ‘the Gaya of the South'. Varkala has many attractions peculiar to the place and draws hundreds of pilgrims and visitors all the year round.

Saga Narada, after paying his respects to Sri.Narayana, left Vaikuntam to see Brahma. Enraptured by the sweet music of Narada, Narayana followed him unobserved. When Narada reached Brahmaloka, Brahma saw Narayana following his son Narada reached Brahmaloka, Brahma saw Narayana following his son Narada, and offered salutations to Him, at which Vishnu, realising the awkward situation, suddenly disappeared. Brahma found that the person whom he had revered was his own son, Narada.

The prajeapathis who were laughing at this incident were cursed by Brahma that they would be born on earth and suffer the miseries of human beings. Narada advised them to perform penance at the place he himself would select for them. Narada threw his ‘Valkalam' (bark upper garment0 into the air and at the place where it fell down, they consecrated a temple for Sri Krishna, an incarnation of Vishnu. Hence the name Varkala is a corruption of‘Valkala', but the name came into prominent usage.
The temple of Sri Janardana is situated on the summit of a table-land
 
 
 

Kottarakkara Manikandeswaram Temple

About six centuries ago there was a palace at Kottarakkara which belonged to the Elayidathu Swarupam. The place got its name only after the shifting of Elayidathu Swarupam to Kilimanoor. Before that his headquarters of the Swarupam was known as Kunninemal. Here there is a Siva temple which faces to the east. It is known as Manikandeswaram temple. The main deity is Lord Siva. At the shrine Goddess Sree Parvathy faces to the west and Sree Ganapathy to the south. The temple is not much superior to other temples with regard to dignity and decorum. The gold flag staff in front of the temple has been put up only recently. The shrine where the main deity has been placed is round in shape and the roof is thatched with copper sheets. First of all devotees need to worship Lord Siva and Parvathy and then only Vigneswara, is the custom to be followed. Though the temple is actually an abode of Lord Siva, it is popularly known as a Ganapathy temple.

The idol of Vigneswara, is a magnificent one carved in wood by Perumthachan. As a part of the daily ritual smearing of oil is being carried out. As a result, the idol has been turned to black and looks as if it were a some idol. It is 3 feet high, with a small trunk and four hands, carring coir, hook, rice cake, and plantain fruit. On the neck there is a chain with beads of rudraksha and on the forehead a golden pendant. In order to get a good divine view the front portion is barred. The sub-deity Sree Dharma Sastha is located outside the main shrine.


People believe that if there take refuge for help and worship Ganapathi, they will be able to accomplish everything in life to lead a happy and prosperous life.

The annual festival of the temple is celebrated in the month of Medom (April/May). On the day of Thiruvathira the temple flag is hoisted. The festival lasts for 10 days with elaborate ceremonial offerings, grand processions with all kinds of musical instruments, and a wide variety of entertainments including Kathakali.

The favourite offering to the deity (libation) is a kind of rice cake fried in oil. The making of the cakes is to be done in front of the Ganapathy. So that he can see and enjoy the fragrance of the cake! In the past there was a special kind of offering in which the whole idol was covered with fried rice-cakes.

There is a legend behind the construction of the idol of Ganapathy in Kottarakkara temple.

It was the item when the wood-work was being carried out at the temple. Many carpenters from different parts of the state were lodged there to do the work. They competed among themselves to perform the most attractive artistic works. An old carpenter, who was among them, was a stranger and he seemed to perform his task in the most perfect manner. So everyone praised him. At night when the evening rituals were over, this carpenter ate some remnants of food offered tot eh deity and slept the temple premises.

While the carpenter was sleeping in the lonely and calm atmosphere of the temple, there occurred in this mind a beautiful form of Ganapathi. At once he stood up and looked around, but there wasn't anybody. The enchanting form of Ganapathy was still in mind. Then he decided to engrave the form on a piece of wood. To his amazement he saw a piece of root of a jack tree nearby. It is an abandoned piece of root due to its hardness. He took it and began to engrave with the help of the light coming out from fire that he made himself using small pieces of wood. He worked on it for a few hours. As a result he became so tired that he could not continue his work. Soon he fell asleep. In the morning when he woke up, he was fortunate enough to see a beautiful idol of Sree Ganapathy among his scattered tools. He bowed his bead before the idol with reverence and adoration. It is the very idol that we saw now in the main shrine. The master builder of the idol was none other than the legendary carpenter Perumthachan.
 

Vishnumaya Puliyampulli Temple

  Idol : Vishnumaya
 
Location : Valappad
  Dist From Gvr : 25 Km
  Upadevas :
  Sri Kaali

The only ritual temple in South India visited by Lakhs of people for getting prosperity, success and victory in personal, official and business activities Udesha karyam, shathru dosham, find out your enemies everything about past and future.

Your also welcome to know about business, job, Industrial development, viraha yojip, marriage attractions, blessing to earn children's.......victory against your enemies, cheating, family problems.

Showing the marks when receive chathan seva avoiding badhas without separation of any religion every one welcome to the place where spreading mercy full blessings.

Address:
Mammiyur Devaswom,
P.O Guruvayur - 680 101 Thrissur, Kerala, South India.

Phone :  + 91487 - 2555425

Cell :     + 91487 - 2550169

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Website www.vishnumayapuliyampulli.com

Sri Vana Durga Temple

  Idol :  Sri Vanadurga
 
Location : Guruvayur
  Dist From Gvr :  1 Km
  Upadevas :
  Ganapathi, Ayyappa,  Sree Krishna

Sree Parasurama Killed the Kshatriyas in 'Threda Yuga'. Then for the redemption of sin Gurus advice him, donate land to brahmanas. He pleasing the god 'Varuna' and create Keralam, handing over land as a gift to brahmanas and reside them, different may include especially'Aryas' and North Keralites.

Soil and water the progeny of ocean was worthless of its saltish taste. People pleasing the god Naga Poooja, for reside here, god appear with poisonous hood. Black Cobras and poisonous snakes rise from the soil and balance the saltivity. Because of this reason Parasurama create Kaavu and give poojas to nage for pleasing them. He entrust Brhamana to give poojas. Kerala was full of pounds and groves. They worship Naga and gave poojas to 'Nagayakshi', 'Vanadurga', 'Chamundy', 'Raktha Chamundy' division belong to goddess it becomes a customand tradition .

Address:
Ayyamkulangara Sri Vana Durga Temple
Nr. Aryabhatta College, Companypadi Road P.O.
Puthanpalli - 680 103 Mammiyur - Guruvayur


Phone0487 2556699

Cell :    9447082506, 9387037722

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Websitewww.guruvayursrivanadurgatemple.com

Nhangattiri Bhagavathy Temple

  Idol : Bhagavathy
 
Location : Guruvayur
  Dist From Gvr :  200 metres
  Upadevas :
  Ganapathy,Hanuman,Ayyappa

Sree Nhangattiri Bhagavathy temple is one of the oldest Devi temple in Valluvanadu. Believe that the temple has 1000s of years oldest. According to the creation of this temple is related to holy idol of Vanadurga founded by Parasurama, defined in the Puranas of Dasavathara. Many people reach have to visit the Nhangattiri Bhagavathy .kindful ,helpful and fulfillment of desire. is one of the temple in 108 tidy Durga temples founded by Parasurama.The idol of Bhagavathy has more than 3 inch height, here Devi facing all the devotees.

Address:
Sri Nhangattiri Bhagavathy Temple.
Nhangattiri post, Pattambi,
Palakkad District, Kerala. 679311.

Phone :  + 910466 2313461

Cell :     + 91 9496288992

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Websitewww.nhangattiribhagavathydevaswom.com

Panchavadi Maha Kshethram

  Idol :  Sree Shankara Narayana
 
Location : Edakkazhiyoor
  Dist From Gvr :  8 Km
  Upadevas :
  Sankaranarayana, Dharmasastha,
  Ganapathy,Devi,Dakshinamoorthy  Ganapathy,
  Dempathy Rakshassu,Naga, Guru Samathy


Sankara and Narayana do not dwell always everywhere, at least not in a manner recognized and revered by humans. One place where they do is Panchavadi Sankaranarayana Shrine. It is as unique as this coastal village, Edakkazhiyur, is unprepossessing. Drive up, seven kilometers northward from Chavakkad along the National Highway, and you are there where resides this unusual duality of deities.

As long as human memory goes, it has been around. Thousands throng there, more particularly on Amavasi of Thulam, to perform bali for an unknown succession of ancestors, building unbeknown to them a creative bridge, between the past and present. Among those who turned up for the ritual in one blessed day were the revered sages who could see things invisible, hear things inaudible. They saw that day in what was then only a Siva shrine with an idol in anjana stone, the divine presence of Narayana as well as Sankara. So began the re-emergence of the shrine as a premise of divine duality.
 

Address:  Panchavadi Sree Sankaranarayana Kshethra Bharanasangam Regd: No: 705/91 P.O. Edakkazhiyoor - Chavakkad (Via) Thrissur - 680 515

Phone :  0487 2615950

Cell :    9995 102 709 (  President:  V.M. Viswanadhan )

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Websitewww.panchavadimahakshethram.com

Kannenkavu Temple

  Idol : Badhrakaaly
 
Location : Changaramkulam
  Dist From Gvr :  25km
  Upadevas :
Ayyappan,Manjakkattu Bhagavathi

Kannenkavu Bhagavathi Temple, A rare temple or easily pleasing  'Badhrakaaly' situated at cam nature. Ponnany thaluk at Malapuram District  'Mookkuthala Kannenkavu  Bhagavathi Temple' have much more significance. The Significance temple is situated 2.5km distance between Changaramkulam Town to the west of Puthanpally road, In the middle of Kunnamkulam and Edappal at Thrissur – Calicut National Highway.

The time of 'Swami Aadi Sankaracharya', gives a new light to the world, starts the wondering, at the age of ten while he crossing the river 'Narindhi'. and move the north direction he was lead by a light in a thick forest. He realizes the light is related to god. When he reach the light source. The worship 'Durga' Bhagavathi to know more. Goddess appear before him. He invoke the sprit and consecrate of an Idol. The Idol was Kannenkavu Bhagavathi.

Address:
Kannenkavu bhagavathy Temple
Pidavannur P.O. Mookuthala,
Malapuram, Kerala. Pin 679574

Phone0494 2656100

Cell :     9349009006

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Websitewww.kannenkavubhagavathitemple.com

Sri Dhandapani Temple

  Idol : Subrahmunnya Swami
 
Location : Kaipamangalam
  Dist From Gvr : 18km
  Upadevas :
Sidhivinayakan,HidumbanSwami,
  Karuppa Swami,Nagas,Hanuman Swami,
  Rakshassu,Guru

Kadangode Pottamkunnu Sree Subrahmunnya Temple was built 65 years back. The founder of the temple was 'Thekkeidungottu Sree Krishnankutty Nair' people call him 'aasan' with respect. He was a greate devotee of lord 'Murukan' with this his aesthetics sense was also grateful.

Pottamkunnu Sri Dhandayudapani Temple is situated in the Kadangode village, Thrissur District is about 3kms distance from Wadakkanchery - Kunnamkulam road precisely on the north side of Erumapetty Akkikavu road.

The ground of the temple owned by 'Thekkedathu Mana'. The elder person of 'Thekkedathu mana' named 'Narayanan Namboothiripadu' gave the place to build the temple. He realize aasan's honest believes in the God. 52 years back he begins the construction of the temple with young people using mud, they made a plot of surahmunnya Swami was placed there also gave daily poojas. That was on a Shashtti day of 'Thulam'.

Address:
Pottamkunnu Sri Dhandayudhapani Kshethram 
P.O Kaipamangalam, (Via) Erumapetty 680 584
Thrissur, Kerala, South India.

Phone :  + 04885 265867
Cell :     +9947865434( President Mr. K. Murali)

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Perumthatta Siva Temple

  Idol:  Siva
  Location:Guruvayur
  Distance from Guruvayur: 1 km
  Updadevas : Ganapathi,  Subrahmannya, 
  Bhagavathy,  Sastavu, Rakshassu,   Naga

The Perumthatta Mahadeva Temple one of the legendary 108 Shivalayas of Kerala is situated at a distance of nearly half-a-kilometer to the south of the famous Sri Krishna temple of Guruvayur. This Shiva Kshetra too was once a great center of pilgrimage. The history of Perumthatta temple is shrouded in mystery. There is no known evidence of record indicating the date of construction or who constructed it. But the fact that it is mentioned in the ancient Tamil work Thirukovai as one of the Shivalayas visited by the Bhakthasiromony Sundaramoorthy Nayanar and his entourage is proof enough that this temple was already a flourishing center of pilgrimage in that distant past.

The Perumthatta temple has survived quite a few on slautes by vandals over the centuries. Legend has it that the soldiers of Tippu Sulthan, who camped near the temple premises, once demolished this temple. It is believed that the Lord's wrath fell on the marauders in the form of mortal diseases. The penitent soldiers to appease The Lord by offering Him His favorite archana - Elaneer Abhishekam (pouring of tender coconut water over the idol). The sultan and his men left the place only after making arrangements for regular abhishekam as a token of their thanks giving.

Address:
Sri Perumthatta Siva Temple
Karakkad, Guruvayur, 680101

Phone : 0487 2553030,3262294

Mobile : 09735378356

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Website: www.perumthattasivatemple.com

Aluva Shiva Temple

aluva siva temple
Aluva Shiva Temple is located on the banks of Periyar River at Aluva in Ernakulam District. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva. The specialty of this temple is that the Shivlinga installed in the temple is not enshrined in any pagoda, but stands on the vast sand banks. It is believed that the Shivlinga has risen out from the sand on the bank of the river. The unique feature of this temple is that it is the venue of the famous Aluva Shivratri, the main annual festival celebrated in the temple. Along with the festival, there will be a month long trade fair.

Ambalapuzha Temple

The Ambalappuzha temple is one of the three important Sri Krishna temples in the state of Kerala.The Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is believed to have been built in the year 790 M.E by the local ruler Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal Devanarayanan Thampuran.

This temple is directly associated to the Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple. During the raids Tipu Sultan in 1789, the idol of Sri Krishna from the Guruvayur Temple(guruvayur appan) was brought to the Ambalappuzha Temple for safe keeping. The payasam served in the Ambalappuzha Temple is famous among Hindu devotees. This sweet pudding made of rice and milk has an interesting mythological legend behind it. The Aaraattu festival commences with the flag hoisting ceremony on the Atham star in Meenam (March-April). The important Aaraattu festival takes place on the Thiruvonam day of the same month.In this temple 'Pallipana' is performed by 'Velans' (sorcerers) once in twelve years. Human sacrifice was conducted in ancient times. However, cocks have now replaced humans on the sacrificial altar. Kalakkaththu Kunchan Nambiar(1705-1770) also spent his youth at Ambalappuzha.

Ananthapura Lake Temple

Ananthapura,13 km towards the north along the national highway from Kasaragod town towards the northern direction, Kumbala, Kasaragod district, north Kerala.The Lake temple Open to all visitors regardless of caste or creed.The only lake temple in Kerala and the Moolasthanam (original seat) of Ananthapadmanabha Swami (Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple) Thiruvananthapuram. A beautiful lake temple in Kerala, the Ananthapura Lake Temple is an ancient shrine in the northern most district of Kerala. Sree Padmanabha (Lord Vishnu, The Preserver) seated on the serpent god Adisesha is the presiding deity here. The moolasthanam (original seat) of the deity is said to be the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple at Thiruvananthapuram, where he reclines on the serpent god. The temple is situated in the centre of the Ananthapura Lake, on a remote rocky hill in a calm isolated region. From here one can have a bird's eye view of the green landscape around. The local people believe that there is a lone crocodile living in the lake.The shrine is encircled by a chuttambalam (an enclosed verandah running around the building), its walls are adorned by murals and there is a cave within that takes you to a small pond where the water level remains steady regardless of climatic changes.

Ananthapadmanabhaswami Temple

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Sree Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is an awe-inspiring structure that has a 100 feet high 'gopuram', built in Dravidian style. Outside the temple courtyard, there is a medley of shops that sell souvenirs, handicrafts, woodcarvings and handiwork of sandal. One can witness the craftsmen do their work right from carving the wood to polishing. City's historical landmark, the structure of the main building is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. The temple, known for the Mural paintings and stone carvings is one among the 108 temples dedicated to Vishnu in India. A magnificent array of gods, goddesses, nymphs, sprites and demons adorn the seven-storey 'gopuram' that forms the temple tower. Lord Vishnu, the presiding deity, reclines in the posture of 'Ananthashayanam' on the coiled serpent 'Anantha'. The temple is a proud specimen of South Indian and Dravidian architectural styles. Renovated in 1733 AD by the then ruler of Travancore, Raja Marthanda Varma, this holy shrine attracts thousands of Hindu devotees. There are innumerable pillars, intricate carvings and Mural paintings.

Attukal Bhagavathy Temple

'Ponkala' is the most important festival of Attukal Bhagavathy Temple.The offering of Ponkala is a very special temple practice in the southern part of Kerala. The ten-day- long celebration commences in the Malayalam month of Makaram-Kumbham (Feb - March) on the Karthika star. Ponkala ceremony is on the auspicious day of Pooram star which coincides with full moon. The festival commences with the musical rendering of the story of the Goddess (Kannaki Charitam) during the "Kappukettu ceremony". The story invokes the presence of Kodungallur Bhagavathy and the slaying of the Pandyan King. The song will continue for all the nine days preceding Ponkala. The event of the Goddess annihilating the Pandyan King is accompanied by much sound and fury of the temple drums and "Vaykurava" by devotees, immediately followed by the lighting of the hearths for the preparation of the offering for the Goddess. This festival commemorates the victory of Good over Evil, by the slaying of Pandyan King. Throughout the festival an atmosphere of celebration and festivity prevails and there are the solemn observances such as regular conduct of Bhajans, musical concerts, ballets depicting folk and temple arts etc. in the temple premises. This is symbolic of the philosophy that human and divine affairs are inter-woven so minutely in all its disquisitions. Processions of colourful floats of the deity from all around, carried with pomp and devotion by the devotees congregating in the temple premises provides a pleasing experience.

An atmosphere of festivity prevails everyday a the Attukal Bhagavathy Temple. Poojas arranged by devotees as also Bhajan, Kodi Archana, Leksharchana, Akhandanamajapam (continuous chanting of the names of Goddess) are conducted almost everyday. All important days of religious observances are celebrated here. Very important among them are:

1. Mandala Vratham - Festival in connection with the annual Utsavam of Sabarimala

2. Vinayaka Chathurthi - Pooja to the Lord Ganapathy

3. Pooja Vaypu - Identical to Dussera festival (Saraswathy Pooja and Vidyarambham)

4. Sivarathri - Siva Pooja

5. Karthika - (Devi's star) in November - December - Karthika Deepam

6. Ayilya Pooja - Milk, flowers etc. offered to serpent God and special rites.

7. Aiswarya Pooia - On all fullmoon (Pournarni) days

8. Nirayum Puthariyum (Ramayana Parayanam) - During the month of Karkidaka

9. Akhandanama Japam - 4th Sunday of every month

Chottanikkara Temple

The Chottanikkara Temple is a famous temple of the Hindu mother goddess Bhagawati. The temple is located near Ernakulam in the southern Indian state of Kerala and is one of the most popular temple in the state, along with Sabarimala. Bhagawati is one of the most popular deities in the area, and she is worshipped at the temple, along with Lord Vishnu, in three different forms: as Saraswati in the morning, draped in white; as Lakshmi at noon, draped in crimson; and as Durga in the evening, decked in blue.
People suffering from mental illnesses commonly visit the temple, as Bhagawati is thought to cure her devotees. One should not miss the 'Guruthi Pooja' in the 'Keezhkkaavu' temple at Chottanikkara. This is a ritual done at late evening to invoke the goddess. Earlier 'Guruthi Pooja' was done only on Fridays. But nowadays, it is performed everyday. 'Chottanikara Magam' is the famous religious festival in the temple. On the way to the Chottanikkara Temple is the Poornathrayeesa temple at Tripunithura. Chottanikkara Bhagavathi temple is about 9 km from the Poornathrayeesa temple at Tripunithura.

Chowallur Siva Temple

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Chowallur siva Temple or Mahadeva Temple, as it is called is famed to be over 1500 years old. Located approximately three kilometers away form the popular pilgrim spot, the Sreekrishna Temple of Guruvayur, the Chowallur temple is yet another significant pilgrimage center for saints and seekers alike Considered to be one of the 108 Sivalayas consecrated by Lord Parasurama, the fascinating legends linked to the Chowallur temple bear testimony to the ancestry and age of this temple. Lord Siva, the deity of Sree Vadakunnatha Temple, Thrissur, is said to have manifested himself on an umbrella carried by one of his beloved devotees, a pious old Namboodiri from Chowallur, who used to walk all the way to Thrissur to have daily Darshan of the Lord.
When His Devotee became too old to visit Him regularly, the Lord is said to have accompanied him to his home in Chowallur. A temple was constructed at the very place where the Lord appeared to His Devotee. People living in the vicinity of the temple till date, believe that they have a divine protection from Snake Poison because of the presence of Pannagabhushana or Lord Siva. A unique feature of this temple is that in the two-tiered Srikovil or Sanctum Sanctorum, the idol of Lord Shiva is seen facing west, while that of His consort Sri Parvathy, faces east, showering blessings in all directions. The Sapthamaathrukkal' , a precious black stone idol symbolizing the seven divine mothers is also worshipped in the temple in the form of idols made of Krishnasila , yet another rare phenomenon.

Kalpathy Temple

The Kalpathy Vishwanatha Swamy shrine is the oldest Shiva temple situated 3 kms from Palakkad.The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is famous for the annual Chariot Festival. The festival is a gala event and lasts for seven days. The Kalpathy Vishwanatha Swamy temple is the oldest Shiva temple in Malabar. It was built around 1425 A.D. by Kombi Achan; the then raja of Palakkad.Kalpathy Car Festival is based on Vedic Tamil Brahmin Culture. On the last three days of the car festival, beautifully decorated temple chariots are ceremoniously drawn through the streets by thousands of devotees whose soul stirring chants rent the air. Three magnificent chariots, bedecked with flowers and flags, dominate the festival, each sanctified by the presence of the lord. Crowds of people and millions of hands try to reach out to be one of the privileged to have the honor of pulling the chariots, as they proceed in stately grandeur.

The weeklong annual Chariot Festival begins in the month of November, every year. Thousands of devotees haul the huge, intricately carved temple chariots through the streets.Vedic recitals are held in the temple throughout the festival. Vedic chants sonorously recited by the Vedic scholars escorting the god, makes Kalpathy come alive with the spirit of true devotion and joyous celebration. The Tamil Brahmin villages adjacent to the temple have been declared a World Heritage site. A visit to these villages offer a glimpse of the cultural life that existed 1000 years ago.

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