Nalambala Darshanam

Hailing the chants of Ramayana

The month of Karkidakom brings to Kerala the torrential rain elemental of the south west monsoon.  Along with the showers, the air reverberates with the divine chants of Ramayana. Every year during this period, devotees undertake the sacred pilgrimage to the four temples of Lord Rama and his brothers. Their journey is rooted in the strong belief that it will help them ward off the ailments and adversities associated with the month. The Nalambalam yatra should be completed in one day and has a strict sequence of darshanam. It starts from the Thriprayar Sree Rama temple, attending the Nirmalyam, proceeding to Irinjalakkuda Koodalmanickyam temple to attend the Usha puja then to Moozhikkulam Lakshmana Perumal temple for the Utcha pua and ending at the Payammal Sri Shathrughna temple in the evening for the Deeparadhana and the Athazha puja.

Legend

Along with the rains, the month of Karkidakom, since time immemorial, is associated with famine, illness and hardships. To overcome these, the people of the state since the ancient times have resorted to various ayurvedic treatments as well as spiritual betterment. Chanting of Ramayana at homes and shrines is a common facet of the month. Centuries ago, when vehicles and roads remained inaccessible, the people around Thrissur started the practice of pilgrimage to these temples as an arduous ritual undertaken to get the blessings of the Lord to ward of the obstacles. Over years, with improvement in infrastructure, the pilgrimage to Nalambalam has become a far more easier yet a journey that devotees deeply believe would help them in the difficult times.

Deity - Temples

Deity :- Lord Rama, Bharatha, Lakshmana, Shatrugna

Temples Covered :-

Koodalmanikyam Temple
Moozhikkulam Sree Lakshmana Perumal Temple
Payammal Sree Shathruknha Swamy Temple
Thriprayar Sree Rama Temple

Purpose

The Nalambalam yatra is supposed to alleviate the adverse effects of the month of Karkidakam which is generally associated with illness and difficulties.

Who can go?

Anyone with pious faith can undertake the yatra.

Yatra Preparations

The Nalambalam yatra is supposed to be completed in one day with each puja of the day worshipped at each temple. Devotees should make sure that they are able to do this, in the prescribed order of darshan. Note that these temples are closed during the afternoons.

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Area Covered

Kerala
Language spoken :- Malayalam

Auspicious Days

Though the temples are open throughout the year, the month of Karkidakom is considered especially special to worship the Nalamabalam.

Best time to Travel

Nalambalam Pilgrimage is undertaken in the month of Karkidakom which usually falls from mid July to mid August.

Duration

The yatra can be completed in a day from Kochi.

Travel Method

All the temples can be reached by a combination of rail/road and is well connected to other parts of the state. During the month of Karkidakom, Kelara State Road Transport Co-operation operates special buses from the nearby towns/cities.

Crowd Expected

The Nalambalam yatra is gaining popularity in Kerala and large crowds can be expected during the Karkidakom month.

Festivals

Though the temples are open throughout the year, the month of Karkidakom is considered especially special to worship the Nalamabalam.

Must Haves

Light cotton clothing can be used through the journey. Devotees are advised to wear clean and traditional clothing. Most of the temples are in the vicinities of towns. Still, it is recommended to carry water bottles, light snacks, umbrella, first aid kit etc.

Health Awarness

All the Nalambalam temples are in the vicinity of good medical facilities. Still, it is advisable to carry any special medication that you might need along with you.

Additional Info

Devotees must also visit the Hanuman Temple near Chandanakkavu in this yatra.

Climate

July-August is the monsoon season for the state and witnesses moderate to heavy rains with intermittent sunshine. The temperatures are pleasant in mid twenties during these months. It is advisable to carry umbrellas/rain coats while travelling during the time.

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