Located 12 kms
north of Kottayam town, at Ettumanoor is an ancient Shiva temple, which was built
in the 16th century. The temple, a specimen of the indigenous Kerala style of
architecture, attracts many Hindu devotees from all over the state.The copper
plated conical roof of the central shrine,is in itself a majestic structure.The
shrine is inlaid with beautiful carvings of scenes from the Ramayana, Bhagavatha
and Krishna Leela. The temple is also endowed with an exquisite collection of
Mural paintings and sculptures, depicting scenes from the Hindu mythology.
The Mural Art Centre,
near the temple is preserved by the Archaeological Department of the state. The
ten-day annual festival, 'Ezharaponnaana Ezhunallathu' falls in February/ March.
The last day 'Arathi' falls on the day of Thiruvathira.
: 12 Kms North Of Kottayam Town, Kerala.
Deity : Lord Shiva.
: Mural Art Centre.
covers an area of 16 acres of dense green forest grove devoted to serpent worship.
The temple here is unique in that the holy rites are presided over by a priestess.
The grove is dotted with the granite idols of serpents. There are 2 main idols:
'Nagaraja' or the serpent king and his consort, Sarpayakshini.
priestess lives in the 'Illam' on the north side of the temple. 'Uruli Kamazhthal'
or the placing of a bell metal vessel upside down in front of the deity is the
most popular offering believed to restore fertility to childless couples. Mannarshala
temple at Harippad is reputed for having 30,000 images of snake-gods and this
is the largest of its kind in the state.
the day of 'Ayilliam' asterism in the Malayalam months of Kanni and Thulam (September
and October), all the serpent idols in the grove and the temple are taken in procession
to illam ( the house connected with the temple) where 'Nurum Palum' (rice flour
and milk), 'Kuruthi' (a red liquid made of turmeric and lime), offerings are made.
procession is conducted with great pomp and gaiety in which the oldest female
member of the family carries the Nagaraja idol. During the festival days, thousands
throng the temple to worship the hooded gods.
offerings include coins and snake effigies made of gold, silver and copper, grains
of all kinds, pepper, tender coconuts, plantains, melons and sandalwood.
: The Largest Snake Temple in Kerala
: 32 Kms South Of Alappuzha, Kerala
is unique place of worship with neither a structure to house an idol nor an idol
around which temples are usually built. The presiding deity at this
sanctum-sanctorum is the abstract principle of the 'Parabrahmam' or the 'Divine
Omnipresence' or 'Universal Conciousness'.
main events at the temple, 'Oachirakkali' festival falls in mid-June, while the
'Panthranduvilakku' or the twelve-day festival of lights gets underway in November/
is a mock fight enacted between groups of men dressed as warriors in the 'padanilam'
(fighting arena). They perform a martial dance standing in knee-deep water, brandishing
swords and shields, and splashing water every direction.
& Festivals : Panthranduvilakku, The Twelve-Day Festival Of Lights
: 34 Kms North Of Kollam Town, Kerala
temple is one of the largest temples of Kerala and a fine specimen of its traditional
style of temple architecture. The temple has many shrines though it is mainly
dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The 50- feet high flag post is of granite. An idol of
garuda, vehicle of Lord Vishnu, is fixed atop the flag post. A
unique attraction of this temple is the Kathakali performance staged every evening,
as ritual offering. It is believed that Vishnu, the principal deity, watches the
performance from his abode.
are allowed entry to the sanctum sanctorum only on two days; 'Vishu'and 'Thiruvathira'.
Annual festival, 'Uthraseeveli' is celebrated on the 'Makayiram' asterism in 'Meenam'
(March - April). Apart from
the religious ceremonies, cultural programmes are also held.
& Festivals : Uthraseeveli
: 2 Kms From Thiruvalla Town, Kerala
Deity : Lord Vishnu.