Chattambi Swamikal

June 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Chattampi Swamikal (1853 – 1925) was one of Kerala’s famed social reform activists .He worked in parallel with his contemporary  Sree Narayana Guru to bring social equality to an otherwise heavily ritualistic and caste ridden Hindu society that prevailed around the late 19th and early 20th centuries across the Kerala.Swamikal worked for the emancipation of Nair women from the clutches of Namboodiri Brahmin exploitation and encouraged women to come the forefront of society .He was open to learning other religions.Swamiji’s original name is said to have been Ayyappan.It is said that in his youth Swamikal even took to manual labour as a brick worker and also later worked as document writer in Neyyattinkara town. After Swamikal went into Maha Samadhi in 1925, his mortal remains were enshrined at Panmana near Kollam. The site is today called Panmana Ashramam, which is an centre for social service and spiritual practices.His major works include Chirsthumatha Saram,Christhumathachedanam,Praacheena Malayalam.

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Mannarasala Temple

June 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple is a very ancient centre of pilgrimage for the devotees of Nagaraja. The temple is nestled in a forest , like most snake temples. It has over 30,000 images of snakes along the paths and among the trees. Women seeking fertility come to worship here, and upon the birth of their child come to hold thanksgiving ceremonies here.A special turmeric paste which is available at the temple is credited with curative powers.The temple is located about three kilometers from  Haripad.Mannarsala Aayilyam is the main Temple Festival conducted in the months of September and October.The origin of a place is associated with Lord Parashurama.Parashurama installed, according to Vedic rites, Nagaraja, who is Brahma, Vishnu and Siva in one in the ‘Thirthasthala’.

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Vadakkunnathan Temple

June 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Vadakkunnathan Temple  is an ancient Shiva temple located at the heart of Thrissur town.Mural paintings that depict various episodes from the Mahabharata can be seen inside the temple. The temple is a classic example of the Kerala style of architecture and has formidable gopurams on all four sides .The most striking feature of the temple is the Kuttambalam, which is the theatre hall for staging kuttu, an ancient dramatic form of art famous in Kerala.The temple was built by Parasurama. Thekkinkadu maidanam, encircling the Vadakumnathan temple, is the main venue of the Thrissur Pooram,celebrated annually in April-May.The temple, along with the mural paintings, has been declared as a National Monument by the Union Government under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act.The temple is having three principal shrines dedicated to Vadakkumnathan, Sankaranarayanan and Rama.

Mammiyur Shiva Temple

June 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Mammiyur  Kshetram is a Shiva temple near to  Guruvayoor temple, Kerala.Every devotee who goes to Guruvayoor is supposed to go to Mammiyoor also.The temple is a part of the 108 Famous Shiva Temples in Kerala.Lord Shiva is in Roudra Bhava here and to reduce this, the main deity of Vishnu in Guruvayoor Temple was also installed. The temple has Shiva with his family (Bhagavathi is seen behind him as Parvathy and his 3 sons )

Guruvayoor Lord Krishna Temple

June 19, 2011 Leave a comment

The Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple is located in the town of Guruvayur in the Thrissur district of Kerala often referred to as “Bhooloka Vaikuntam”.Chennas Namboodiris are the hereditary Tantris of the Guruvayur temple.The divine idol installed here represents the enchanting form of Sree Krishna endowed with the four lustrous arms carrying the conch Panchajanya, the discus Sudarshana Chakra, the mace Kaumodaki and the lotus.On November 30, 1970, a massive fire broke out in the temple. It began from the western chuttambalam but the Sreekovil, the Vigraha and sub-shrines did not get affected.The shrine is considered to be one of the holiest spots for Vaishnavites.The Deity of the Guruvayur temple is  carved out of a material called Pathalanjana Sila, and is considered extremely sacred.Legend says the idol was once worshipped by Lord Shiva in Kailasa.After submergence of Dwaraka the idol of Krishna was taken by Guru and Vayu to the present spot under the instruction of Parashurama and later  by Shiva and Parvati.Siva with Parvathy then left to the opposite bank to Mammiyur Temple.

Tirupati Lord Venkateshwara Temple(Indiaforeveryone)

June 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Tirumala Venkateswara Temple  is a famous Hindu temple located in the hill town Tirumala, near Tirupati in the Chittoor district of    Andhra Pradesh, India dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
The temple is situated on Venkatadri the seventh peak in the seven hills of Tirumala, and hence is also known as Saptagiri.The presiding deity of the temple, Lord Venkateswara, is also known as – Balaji, Vishnu, Govinda and Srinivasa.The goddess Sri Lakshmi resides on the chest of Venkateswara.The temple is reportedly the richest and the most visited place of worship in the world. The temple is visited by about 50,000 to 100,000 pilgrims daily.Laddu is the world famous prasadam given at Tirumala Temple and recently the trust has taken copy right of Laddu prasaddam.Free meals are given daily to the pilgrims. According to legend, the  murti of Lord Venkateswara,  shall remain here for the entire duration of the present Kali Yuga.

Palani Temple

June 18, 2011 Leave a comment

The Hill Temple of Palani is one of the most famous temples of Murugan  located in the town of Palani, near to Coimbatore .The idol of the Lord Muruga in Palani , was created and consecrated by the Sage Bhogar, one of Hinduism’s 18  great siddhas.The Temple is situated upon the higher of the two hills of Palani, known as the Sivagiri. Traditionally, access to it was by the main staircase cut into the hill-side.The name Palani came from “Pazham Nee” based on the mythological story in which Lord Siva and Parvati asks Ganapati and Murukan to circumambulate the world 3 times. One curious aspect of the idol is that it faces west rather than east, the traditional direction at most Hindu temples.