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Aranmula Pardhasaradhi Temple

Aranmula is a beautiful place situated on the banks of River Pampa and located at a distance of 116 Km from Thiruvavnanthapuram. The Aranmula village is famous for Traditions, Cultural Variations, Traditional Village Life and Sceneries. It is a suburb of Kozhencherry in Pathanamthitta District.

Aranmula Pardhasaradhi TempleThe main attraction of Aranmula is very old and famous Pardhasaradhi Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, who was the leader of Arjuna in the Kurukshetra War. Aranmula is one of the five ancient temples in the Chengannur area of Kerala, associated with the one of the epics of India, Mahabharata.

Pardhasaradhi Temple at Aranmula is adorned with four towers over its entrances on its outer wall. The eastern tower is accessed via flight of 18 steps. One can reach the Pampa River using the descending 57 steps via the northern tower.


As per the legend, the Pandava princes, as soon as crowning Parikshit left for a pilgrimage of India, and in Kerala, each of these brothers installed Lord Vishnu on the banks of Pampa as well as neighboring places then offered worship. (Chengannur - Yuddhishtra, Tiruppuliyur - Bheema, Aranmula - Arjuna, Tiruvamundur - Nakula and Tirukkadittaanam - Sahadeva). It is believed that Arjuna constructed this temple at Nilackal near Sabarimala and also idol was brought at this place in the raft made from six pieces of bamboo to the place, and therefore the name Aranmula (six pieces of bamboo).

According to the Legend, Arjuna constructed this Pardhasaradhi Temple, to compensate for sin of having killed Karna in the battlefield, opposed to the dharma of killing an enemy without arms. It is also said that Lord Vishnu, at this place exposed the facts of creation to Bramha, from whom the Madhukaitapa demons stole the Vedas.

Aranmula is also popular for the Vaasthu Vidya Gurukulam, the traditional way of constructing buildings. The well-known Aranmula Mirror, locally recognized as Aranmula kannadi, (Kannadi literally means mirror), is made here. This mirror is made out of high tin bronze.

The Aranmula Vallamkali, the world famous water festival is the main important event related to this place.

Another festival celebrated at Aranmula Pardhasaradhi Temple is Khandavanadahanam in the Malayalam month of Dhanus. For this festival, a model of a forest is formed in front of the temple with dried out plants, leaves and twigs. This bonfire is lit, representational of the Khandavana forest fire of the Mahabharata.

Distance from Aranmula

Kuttanad: 39 Km
Kottayam: 47 Km
Alappuzha: 53 Km
Kumarakom: 59 Km
Kollam: 70 Km
Kochi: 107 Km
Ernakulam: 114 Km
Thiruvananthapuram: 116 Km
Kovalam: 127 Km
Idukki: 130 Km
Thrissur: 182 Km
Munnar: 185 Km
Kozhikode: 304 Km
Kasargod: 485 Km

How to get there:

Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (IATA: TRV, ICAO: VOTV)

Nearest Railway Station: Chengannur Railway Station (10 Km).

Road: Aranmula Pardhasaradhi Temple is well connected by road network.

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