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Kerala Temples
A Rich Mythological Heritage

Koodalmanikyam Temple
Ancient and 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.

This ancient 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. koodalmanikyam temple

Fairs & Festivals : The Eleven-Day Annual Festival

Location : 21 kms from Thrissur, Kerala

Deity : Bharatha, Brother Of Lord Rama

Chottanikkara Temple
Chottanikkara 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.

This 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.

Location : 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

Vadakkumnathan Temple
Vadakkumnnatha 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.

The '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 extravaganza.

It 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.

Fairs & Festivals : Pooram Festival

Location : Downtown Thrissur, Kerala

Deity : Lord Shiva

Aranmula Temple
Parthasarthy 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.anarmula temple

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".

Significance : The temple dates back to the time of Mahabharata

Location : Aranmula Near Thiruvananthapuram

Attraction : Parthasarathy, Lord Krishna

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