Major temples in Kerala
Experience the various temples across Kerala – a journey equally fulfilling for devotees and cultural enthusiasts alike. We arrange pilgrim trips in and around Kerala connecting Kerala’s major places of worship and historically significant locations.
Parthasarthy temple, dedicated to Parthasarathi or Lord Krishna, the temple is in Chengannor. A major attraction is the Aranmula snake boat race held as part of the festival coinciding with Onam. Aranmula is well-known for its hand-made mirrors of polished metal called the "Aranmula Kannadi".
Dedicated to Lord Krishna, this temple is famous throughout Kerala for the sweet milk porridge, 'Palpayasam' served here.
Goddess Rajarajeswari is the deity here. Together with Lord Vishnu, they are known as Lakshminarayana. People who have mental illness seek cure from the mother goddess and believed to get relief.
This ancient temple, which is 17 km away from Kottayam, is a significant place of worship. There are mural paintings of high order and beautiful sculpture of intricate workmanship inside the temple.
The Vadakkunnathan Temple at Thrissur, dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the largest temples in Kerala. This temple is a classic example of the Kerala style of architecture. This temple is famous for its April/May Pooram Festival, which includes colourful and magnificent processions, brightly decorated elephants, fireworks etc.
Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple
Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple is a famous pilgrimage centre and is one of the major attractions in Thiruvananthapuram city. There are innumerable pillars, intricate carvings and mural paintings of natural pigments. The temple is dedicated to Vishnu who reclines on the sacred serpent Anantha.
A temple, famous all over India as a pilgrim centre, dedicated to Lord Krishna popularly known as Guruvayoorappan. Guruvayoor, where the famous Sree Krishna Temple is situated, is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centers of kerala. Thousands of devotees flock here every day with offerings of different kinds to appease Guruvayurappan’ for his blessings .The walls of the sanctum sanctorum are inlaid with exquisite mural paintings and carvings. In the 'Chuttambalam' is a 33.5-m tall gold-plated 'Dwajastambham'. The square 'Sreekovil' is the sacred sanctum sanctorum of the temple, housing the main deity. The idol is said to have been worshipped by Lord Brahma himself at Dwaraka. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple.
This well-known pilgrim centre is dedicated to LORD AYYAPPA. The holy
shrine, situated atop the Sabarimala nestles 914 m above sea level, amidst the virgin forest wilderness of the Western Ghats. It attracts millions of pilgrims from far and near. 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 ancient Mahadeva Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva here has carried its name far and near. According to legend, it was constructed by Parasurama, the mythological creator of Kerala. The 12 day ‘Ashtami’ festival here (November/December) is renowned for its elephant processions, religious discourses, and traditional dance and music perform.
Mannarsala temple at Haripad is reputed for having 30,000 images of snake-gods and this is the largest of its kind in the state. There are 2 main idols: 'Nagaraja' or the serpent king and his consort, Sarpayakshini. The offerings include coins and snake effigies made of gold, silver and copper, grains of all kinds, pepper, tender coconuts, plantains, melons and sandalwood.
Located 30 kms North West of Mananthavadi in the Wayanad district, Thirunelli Temple is known as the "Kashi of South". This 3000 years old temple dedicated to Vishnu has 30 granite columns to shield it. The Papanashini stream is nearby.
Lokanarkavu Temple is situated 5 km from Vatakara, a small town in Northern Kerala. The main deity is Goddess Durga, with two adjacent shrines dedicated to the gods Vishnu and Siva. The festival, locally called Pooram, is celebrated during March/April. According to legend, the temple is more than 1500-years-old. The candid murals and carvings here are a delight to art lovers.
Thiruvanaya Navamukunda Temple, near Ponnani in Malappuram district is situated on the banks of the river Bharathapuzha is dedicated to Lord Shiva with the other deities of Lord Ganapathy, and Goddess Lakshmi.
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