historic Koodalmanikyam Temple in Manavalassery is about nine kilometres from
Irinjalakuda Railway Station. Koodalmanikyam Temple is the only temple in India
dedicated to Bharatha, who, according to mythology, was the brother of Lord Rama.
temple with a unique deity hosts a colorful eleven-day annual festival with a
display of twelve caparisoned elephants. Falling in April/May, this festival marks
the end of Hindu festival season in Kerala. Festival is held for all days in Medom
(April-May) from Utram to Thiruvonam asterisms, the flag hoisting being on the
Utram day. Procession accompanied by caparisoned elephants is the special features
of the festival.
Fairs & Festivals : The Eleven-Day Annual Festival
kms from Thrissur, Kerala
Deity : Bharatha, Brother Of Lord Rama
temple, located near Ernakulam enshrines Bhagawati - the mother Goddess, is one
of the most popular deities in Kerala. On way is the Poornatrayesa temple at Tripunittura.
The goddess is worshipped along with Lord Vishnu. People who have mental illness
seek refuge in the divine mother, who graciously cures all her devotees. Goddess
Rajarajeswari is the presiding deity.
deity is worshipped in three different forms - as Saraswati in the morning - draped
in white, as Bhadrakali at noon draped in crimson, and as Durga in the evening
decked in blue. The image in the shrine is not fixed to the ground and is mounted
on loose sand. Water offered during ablution ceremonies percolates underground.
Significance : The Mental Illness of People are said to be cured
by worshipping the deity here
Festivals : The annual festival
here is celebrated in the month of Kumbha (February - March). 'Maasi Magam', coinciding
with the full moon, during this festival attracts vast crowds.
: Near Ernakulam, Kerala
Attraction : The image in the shrine
is not fixed to the ground and is mounted on loose sand. Water offered during
ablution ceremonies percolates underground
Deity : Goddess Bhagvathi
is a prominent Shiva temple, in downtown Thrissur, Kerala. This is one of Kerala's
most ancient shrines, which also houses a museum of ancient wall paintings, wood
carvings and art pieces of immense historical value.
'Pooram festival, falling in April/ May, attracts devotees and tourists from all
over the world. It is a spectacular event, combining the majestic elephant pageantry
with the frenzied playing of drums and cymbals and rounded off with a fireworks
is one of the largest temples in Kerala. Adi Sankaracharya is supposed to have
spent his last days in this temple. This temple is a classic example of the Kerala
style of architecture. The shrines and the Koothambalam (Temple theatre), display
exquisite vignettes carved in wood. Legend says that Parasurama built this temple.
This temple is famous for its Pooram Festival, which includes colorful and magnificent
processions, brightly decorated elephants and fireworks.
& Festivals : Pooram Festival
Location : Downtown Thrissur,
Deity : Lord Shiva
temple, dedicated to Parthasarathi or Lord Krishna is said to date back to
the days of the Mahabharata. The Vaishnavite Alwar Saints have sung its glory.
A famous pilgrim place for Hindus, the temple is in Chengannor on the Thiruvananthapuram
- Kottayam route. This temple is also associated with water sports involving snake
boats. It was formerly known as Snake Boat Races.
A major attraction is the snake boat races held as part of the festival in
August/September. Aranmula is famed for its hand-made mirrors of polished metal
called the "Aranmula Kannadi".
: The temple dates back to the time of Mahabharata
Location : Aranmula Near Thiruvananthapuram
: Parthasarathy, Lord Krishna