Located in Kottayam, Kerala, Surya Temple at Adityapuram is the only temple in Kerala dedicated to Lord Aditya, the sun God. No other Navgrahas are worshiped in this temple. It is believed that the idol was installed in the Threthayuga. But there are no written documents regarding the origin of the temple.
Adityapuram Surya Deva Temple is the only Surya Temple in Kerala where daily poojas are performed. This ancient Surya temple is located at Iravimangalam in Kaduthuruthy. This temple is managed by Kapikkadu Marangattu Mana, that has the ooranma (ownership) of the temple. Hundreds of years ago a member of Marangattu Kapikkad Mana worshipped the Sun God. Through meditation and penance, he received the blessing of the God and consecrated the idol of ...View more
urya in this temple. It is believed that he implemented that poojas and other customs followed here. He also instructed that his descendants in the family must perform the rituals.
The sanctum sactorum is rounded in shape and the idol of Adithya is facing the western direction. The idol is in the posture of padmasana with shanku and chakra in two hands and the other two hands locked in tapo mudra.
Male devotees are expected to wear Kerala Mundu, which is also known as Veshti or Dhothi and are not supposed to wear shirt while inside the temple. But there is no dress code for women, as they can wear any traditional dress like Saree, Churidar, Salwar Kameez or Skirtz.
The temple is just four km from Kuruppanthara in Ettumanoor-Vaikom Road. Kottayam railway station is about 26 km and Cochin International Airport is about 47 km away
The main ritual is Abhishekam (bathing). In the first stage the Abhishekam is performed by oil and Abhishekam by water followed. It is a surprise that after pouring of water for Abhishekam there will be no trace of oil on the idol. All trace of oil disappears because the idol is made of a particular type of stone that absorbs oil.
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