Temple Tour Kerala
up to some festival or the other every day of the year and Keralites are addicted to the festivals. In short ‘
Keralisation’ of the festivals of different communities is
the unique feature of Kerala life.
Chottanikkara Temple Tour
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
Guruvayoor Temple Tour
Guruvayoor, where the famous
Sri Krishna Temple is situated, is one of the most sacred and
important pilgrim centers of kerala. The walls of the sanctum
sanctorum are inlaid with exquisite mural paintings and
In Kerala, this is probably the only temple that hosts the
maximum number of marriages and rice feeding ceremonies (the
ritual first meal for infants). It was also the hub of the
'Guruvayoor Sathyagraha' , a historic movement demanding temple
entry rights for the 'so called' lower castes.
The historic temple is shrouded in mystery. According to local
belief, the temple was created by 'Guru', the 'preceptor of the
gods' and 'Vayu', the 'god of winds'. The eastern 'nada' is the
main entrance to the shrine.
In the 'Chuttambalam' (outer enclosure) is a 33.5-m tall
gold-plated 'Dwajastambham' (flagpost). There is also a 7 m high
'Deepastambham' (pillar of lamps), whose thirteen circular
receptacles provide a truly brilliant spectacle, when lit.
The square 'Sreekovil' is the sacred sanctum sanctorum of the
temple, housing the main deity. Within the temple, there are also
the images of Ganapathy, Sri Ayyappa and Edathedathy Kavil
Bhagavathy. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple.
Punnathoorkotta, which is at a distance of 2 kms. from Guruvayoor
is home of 50 temple elephants, offers unusual spectacles of the
Sabarimala Temple Tour
This holy shrine,
dedicated to Lord Ayyappa is a renowned pilgrim centre atop the
rugged hills of the Western Ghats. The sanctum sanctorum nestles
914 m above sea level, amidst the virgin forest wilderness of the
The main pilgrimage is undertaken between November and January.
Regardless of caste, creed, colour, they wear black dhotis and
carry on their heads, bundles containing traditional offerings
like coconut filled with ghee, camphor and rice.
The Sabarimala Temple festival is celebrated in honour of Lord
Ayyapan who is revered by all in India. There are two main pujas
called the Mandal Puja and the Makara Sankranti Puja, which are
from November to Middle of January in Kerala, during
which time the devotees perform austerities and
Vadakkumnathan Temple Tour
This temple is in the
park, right in the center of the city. It is one of the largest
temples in Kerala and has excellent carved woodwork. On the walls
there are excellent murals of the Mahabharata and of Lord Vishnu
reclining on Ananta.
It has three main shrines. One is dedicated to Vadakkunnathan
(Lord Siva) and another to Sankara Narayana (Vishnu). South of
these two shrines is a shrine dedicated to Lord Rama.
Vadakkunnathan (Ten-Kailasanath) is a Maha-linga that is covered
with offerings of hundreds-of-years-old ghee (clarified butter).
The linga cannot be seen because the traditional abhisheka
(bathing) with cow ghee over centuries has formed a 3m (10 ft)
mound around the linga. This covering even makes it difficult for
the priest to walk around the inner sanctum. The shrine dedicated
to Sankara Narayana has beautiful
paintings of the Mahabharata.
There is also a Deity of Krishna in the temple and a Ganesh deity
the two northern altars.
The famous kuttambalam, or theater hall, is on the left of the
entrance. Non-Hindus are not permitted in the temple except
during the Pooram festival, when the restrictions are lifted.
Open 4 to 10:30 am and 4 to 8:30 pm.