Kerala also was known as ‘The Land of Gods’. This land is full of legends as well as of magnificent temples. Kerala is well known as a spiritual destination in India. Temples in Kerala are around 2000 years old and are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu. If you are in search to fill yourself with spiritualism then Kerala is the right destination for you. List of famous temples is given below.
Ancient and Famous Temples In Kerala You Must Visit.
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram
This is one of the popular temples in Kerala and is known worldwide for its architectural designs. Temple is situated in Thiruvananthapuram, constructed in Dravidian style and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Above all, it is figured out that the foundation of the temple is as old as it is mentioned in holy Hindu sculptures like Skanda Purana and Padma Purana. Actually, Thiruvananthapuram got its name from a deity of this temple(Anantha).
Above all, a large number of tourists arrive here to celebrate two major festivals. So the best time to visit this temple is during October/November when Alpashy festival is conducted and during March/April when the Panguni festival is conducted.
Opening hours or Darshan is allowed in this timings 3:30 Am-4:45 Am (Nirmalyadarsanam); 6:30 Am- 7: Am; 8:30 Am- 10 Am; 10:30 Am – 11:10 Am; 11:45 Am- 12 noon; 5: Pm -6:15 pm; 6:45 Pm- 7:20 pm.
Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram
Attukal Bhagavathy temple is close to Padmanabhaswamy temple. This temple is dedicated to Kannaki-an incarnation of Parvati, who is considered as Supreme Mother and creator of all living beings on Earth. Attukal Pongala festival conducted during February or March is very famous. During this 10-day long festival, millions of women from various parts of India participate and cooks Pongal made of rice, jaggery, and coconut for Goddess. This festival is quoted in Guinness Book of World Records since it is the single religious event witnessing the largest gathering of women.
Darshan Timings: 4:30 Am to 8:30 Pm. Nirmalyadarsanam starts at 5 Am. Morning(Usha) Puja starts at 6:30 Am, Rituals for noon(Ucha Puja ) starts at 12 noon and Athazha puja at 7:30 pm
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Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Temple
Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Temple is the 17th century old and is one among the most popular temple. As the name signifies this temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and an idol of Krishna as a child is kept inside the temple. A belief is there that during the time of prayers or serving of Palpayasam Guruvayoorappan visits the temple. During the time of Tipu Sultan’s administration, the deity has been brought from Guruvayooor. The best time to visit this temple is during the Ambalapuzha Temple Festival which is conducted in the month of July and Araattu festival in March-April.
Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple
Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna is one of the religious temples. The idol kept inside the temple is made out of Patalanjana stone that is well known for its medicinal value. People who make their visits to the temple also have the opportunity to witness rice feeding ceremonies that is a tradition of new born’s first meal and in the outer area of the temple, marriages are conducted. Temple remains crowded by the visitors and for senior citizens.
Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa Temple
Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa Temple located on the hilltop of the Western Ghats in Pathanamthitta is one of the popular Temple in Kerala. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ayappan son of Lord Shiva and Mohini. The woman below the age of 10 and above 50 are permitted to enter the temple. Worshipper who visits the temple needs to trek uphill, wear a black and blue dress, remain unshaven until darshan and smear Chandan on their forehead.
The temple is open for darshan and puja between 3 Am to 11:40 Pm. The temple remains closed between 1 pm to 3 pm in the afternoon.
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Chottanikara Devi Temple, Ernakulam
This temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati and is about 4 to 5 ft tall and is very famous for its curing powers. It is strongly believed that Goddess cures illness and mental disorders, providing peace to the devotees. Chottanikara Devi is worshipped in three different forms. The idol is worshipped as Saraswati in the morning, Lakshmi at noon and as Durga in the evening. Guruthi Pooja is held in the evening to invoke the Goddess in Keezhkkaavu temple that is the east side of Chottanikkara temple. Best time to make visit the temple is during Navrathri Aghosham held in October and at the annual festival of temple ie, Vrishchika Mandala Mahotsavam.
Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple
It is a major temple in Kerala, dedicated to Lord Krishna. The deity in this temple is worshipped in the form of Parthasarathy. Temple houses the golden attire of Ayyappa called Thanka Anki, donated by the king of Travancore. This temple is also famous for organizing the annual Snake boat race in the river called Pamba river. The best time to visit this place is during Aranmula Uttarattathi Boat race.
Ettummanoor Mahadevar Temple
This temple is also known as Vaikom Mahadev Temple and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A strong belief resides in the devotee’s mind that those who visit this temple get their wishes fulfilled and their inner voice becomes pure and clean. Architectures and the detailed murals draw a large number of visitors towards the temple. Ezhara Ponnana resides in the temple vault and taken out once in a year for darshan, it refers to seven and a half golden elephants. Most awaited time for the visitors of the temple is the Ezhara Ponnana Darshan which is held at the midnight of the eighth day of the festival.
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Vadakkunnathan Temple, Thrissur
This is one of the most visited temples in Kerala and is believed to be the first temple built by Parasurama. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Rama, and Vishnu. Exclusive architecture, monumental tower’s and its rich history attract the devotees as well as tourists to this place. In the months of April and May, Thrissur Pooram is celebrated with great pomp and vibrancy. Certainly, during the festival time, temple and premises are decorated with colourful umbrellas, ornated elephants. Therefore, the ceremony gets more ambience by the sounds of chants and sounds.
Opening hours: Morning darshan is from 3 Am to 10:30 Pm and evening timing darshan is from 4 pm to 8:30 pm
World famous and ancient Mannarsala – Nagaraja temple is dedicated to the serpent God. This temple consists of about 30,000 images of snakes on the trees. As this temple is popular for the ritual – Uruli Kamizthal done by the childless couple to seek blessings for the child. Women’s make visits to this temple as a sign of gratitude after child-birth and offers snake images.
Opening hours:5 Am to 12 noon and 5 pm to 7:30 Pm.
Sivagiri Temple, Varkala
Sivagiri Temple, Varkala is known for preserving the tomb of Sree Narayana Guru. He is a well-known sage and a reformer. As a result, Samadhi of Sree Narayana Guru holds a great significance and the pilgrims visit this place between December and January. Millions of visitors visit and explore Sivagiri every year and they can be seen in yellow attire during their pilgrimage days.
Hope you got an idea regarding the temples in Kerala. Next time when you make a visit to Kerala for the tour, go to this spiritual destinations as well.