Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Pallassena Meenkulathi Bhagavathy Temple

Pallassena Meenkulathi Bhagavathy Temple

Meenkulathi Bhagavathi Temple, also known as Pallassanakavu, is one of the most famous temples in South India. It is situated in Pallassena village in Palakkad

How to reach
From Palakkad you will get get buses to Pallassena or Koduvayoor

Story behind the temple
Some merchants from Tamil Nadu came to Malabar for business and they settled here. Among them there was an old man who was a devotee of Madurai Meenakshi and he  used to travel from Kerala to Madurai regularly to visit Devi.

He was growing old but he kept going to Madurai and he he prayed to goddess Meenakshi telling that he was afraid how long he would be able to travel and visit Devi.

On his way back to home he took bath in a pond keeping his umbrella on the bank of the pond. After his bath when he tried to lift the umbrella he couldn't. He became astonished and an astrologer was brought and he found the presence of Goddess Meenakshi there.

He understood that Madurai meenakshi devi has decided to stay in this  place called Pallassena. A small temple was constructed immediately.The place is now called Kudamannu.

Temple Timings

The following are the times the temple is kept open for devotees:

Sunday, Tuesday, Friday
5-30a.m. to 12-30 p.m.

Mondays Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
5-30a.m. to 10.30 a.m.

Evening all days
5-30 p.m. to 7.30 pm

The main offering is Niramala.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Sree Poornathrayeesha Temple - Thripunithura

Sree Poornathrayeesha Temple - Thripunithura

 The main deity of this temple is Maha Vishnu in the form of Santhanagopala Murthy.The position of the god looks like sitting on the five headed serpent called Anantha. The two upper hands of Lord Vishnu hold Sanku and Sudarshana Chakram and the lower right hand holds the Lotus flower. The sitting position of the god is called as Poornathrayeesa. 

The word Poornathrayeesa is separated into 3 word like Poorna refer as complete, Thraye refer as three and Isa refer as iswara which refer as Lord of 3 Vedas or Lord of Knowledge. 

 The most important festival is Vrishchikoltsavam celebrated in the month of November to December for 8 days. The ritual called Kanikka edal is celebrated during the 4th day of the Vrishchikoltsawam festival. During this ceremony elephants were decorated with ornaments and the people used to offer to god in a golden pot kept on the raised stage. Large numbers of devotees visit to temple during this ceremony 

Childless couple come and pray here and there is a strong belief that they have children thereafter.On the back side of Sreekovil, there is a small window from where devotees can get a close look at the idol of Santhana Gopala Moorthy of Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple. Devotees can also have a look at the idol of Lord Ganapathi on the extreme south side of the temple