Vadakkumnathan Temple, Thrissur

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Vadakkumnathan Temple, Thrissur

Vadakkumnathan Temple is one of the oldest temples of Kerala located in the heart of Thrissur city. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Vadakkumnathan Temple at Thrissur is also known as Thenkailasam and Vrishabhachalam.

Vadakkumnathan Temple, ThrissurIt is believed that the Vadakkumnathan Temple was built by Parashurama. The temple is really a typical example of Kerala style of architecture as well as has impressive Gopurams (entrance towers) on all four sides each facing north, south, east and west directions.

The main feature of the temple is a Koothambalam, stage with hall for performing Kuttu, an antique dramatic form of art which is popular in Kerala. Koothambalam can be seen on the left side as you enter the temple via the western entrance gopuram.

Mural paintings that show a number of episodes belonging to the great epic Mahabharata are viewed within the temple. The shrines as well as the Koothambalam present beautiful vignettes carved in the wood.

Vadakkunnathan temple is enclosed by a massive stone wall surround an area of nearly 9 acres. As mentioned earlier, there are four gopurams or entrance towers. Excluding these Gopurams, there is a multi-shrine complex in the centre with three main shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva as Vadakkunnathan, Lord Shankaranarayana and Lord Rama.

It is claimed of the fact that ghee offered here for hundreds of years doesn't have any foul smell also it will not melt even during summer time. You can find a circular structure at the northern part with the deity facing west. Parvati is seen facing east, exactly behind the idol of Lord Shiva, in same temple.

It is believed that Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankaracharya has been born to the Shivaguru-Aryamba couple of Kalady in response to their prayers offered before Vadakkunnathan, as amsavatara of the Lord. According to legend, Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankaracharya attained Videha Mukti ("freedom from embodiment") in this temple.

The Thrissur town gets its name after this ancient Lord Shiva Temple. Thrissur literally means the 'Town with the name of Lord Shiva'.

Festivals at Vadakkunnathan temple

Maha Shivaratri is the main festival which is celebrated in the temple. The temple is world famous for Pooram festival celebration held in April-May every year. The fireworks at the Pooram Festival are a amazing view.

The Vadakkumnathan Temple, together with the wall painting paintings, has been stated as a National Monument by Government of India under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act.

Temple Timings:

Morning: 3 AM to 10.30 AM
Evening: 4 PM to 08.30 PM

Entry restricted to Non Hindus into the temple.

Distance from Vadakkunnathan Temple

Thrissur: 2 Km
Ernakulam: 66 Km
Kochi: 86 Km
Kozhikode: 128 Km
Alappuzha: 130 Km
Kumarakom: 131 Km
Kottayam: 140 Km
Idukki: 142 Km
Munnar: 150 Km
Kuttanad: 150 Km
Kannur: 216 Km
Kollam: 218 Km
Thiruvananthapuram: 281 Km
Kovalam: 288 Km
Kasargod: 308 Km

How to get there:

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (IATA: COK, ICAO: VOCI).

Nearest Railway Station: Thrissur Railway Station

Road: Thrissur is connected to the North-South Corridor National Highway System via the four-laned National Highway 47.

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