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Kerala Temples

Kerala Temples has got in one way or other, its own eminence and speciality. There is a legend or folk-story behind the origin, the presiding deity, the main offering and the festivals of each temple. Elephants are an integral part of festivals in most of the temples. Temple architecture in Kerala is different from that of other states in India. Kerala Temples are dedicated to various Gods and Goddesses from the Hindu mythology.

Some of the Famous Kerala Temples

Sabarimala Temple


Sabarimala, one of the most visited piligrim centres in the world is situated at Pathanamthitta District, in the misdt of 18 hills and surrounded by mountains and dense forests. The presiding deity of the temple is 'Lord Ayyappa' (Dharma Sastha). Yearly 4.5 - 5 crore devotees are coming to this pilgrim center without the consideration of caste or religion. The pilgrims are expected to follow a 41 day 'vratham' (during this period the devotees have to avoid any kind of meat, alcohol and tobacco items). Read more...

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

The 16th century shrine of Lord Vishnu as Sri. Padmanabhaswamy is the most conspicuous landmark of the Tiruvanandapuram city. This is one of the most important Vaishnava temples in India. This temple in its present form is built by Maharaja Marthanda Varma. Padmanabhaswamy temple located by the side of a tank, named Padma Theertham ( the lotus spring). The temple is well known for the Mural paintings and stone carvings. The major event to this temple is Arattu festival, which is headed by the royal family of Travancore. Read more...

Guruvayoor Temple


This is a major Hindu pilgrim centre in south India. It is also known as the 'Dwaraka of south'. The belief says that this temple was created by the teacher of Gods Brahaspathi (Deva Guru) and Vayu (God of winds). The Idol of the Lord Guruvayurappan is said it have been worshipped by Lord Brahma himself at Dwaraks. The major events are
Guruvayoor Ekadasi and
Chembai Sangeetholsavam

Vadakkunnathan Temple

The temple is one of the oldest and largest among the Kerala Temples. This is a classical example of Kerala style of architecture with beautiful murals delineating graphically, various episodes from the Mahabharata and wood carvings and art pieces of immense historical value.. This is one of Kerala's most ancient shrines. It preserves and respects an amazing Mahalingam concealed under a huge mound of ghee. Pouring of ghee on the idol is the main ritualistic offering in the sanctum sanctorum. Miraculously the ghee never melts even though it gets heat from the atmosphere and the burning wicks. Parts of ghee mound are said to be over thousand year old.

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