Situated at Cherai in Ernakulam, Kerala, Cherai Gowreeshwara Temple is one of the famous temple in Kerala dedicated to Lord Murugan. The temple was built in 1912. It is also known as South Pazhani. The idol of the temple was installed by Sree Narayana Guru.

Location Kerala, Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram


Sree Gowreeswara Temple is also known as Malyala Pazhani or Muruga Temple. Even though the main installation is Lord Subrahmanya, the temple is named after Sree Gowreeswaran or Lord Siva, who is father of Lord Subrahnanyan.


Cherai Gowreeshwara Temple is the one and only temple in Asia which is chathurmukha kovil (sree kovil with four side doors). The main sreekovil is that of Lord Subramanya facing east. Lord Ganapati facing south, Lord Siva facing west and Goddess Parvathy facing north have separate mukha mandapas, sopanam and pranalam. The chuttambalam also has agra-mandapams on all sides.


Cherai Gowreeshwara Temple is related to the social reform movement headed by Sree Narayana Guru. Just as Ernakulam was the melting pot of different cultures, Cherai on the north western coastal front of the city has witnessed many such social reforms. It has marked a special space in the history of the land.

Darsan Info

Cherai Gowreeshwara Temple is open from 5 AM to 11:30 AM and from 5 PM to 8 PM.

Darsan Dresscode

At Cherai Gowreeshwara Temple , Kerala traditional attire is preferred.

Famous Festival

January/February : Annual Festival

The main attractions of the festival, happening every year in either the last 2 weeks of January or first 2 weeks of February, is the caparisoned elephant march (around 20-30 elephants).

Special Rituals

The main offering during the annual festival is Ilaneer abhishekam. Thousands of devoteees, after observing vruta or penance, bring ilaneer or tender coconut as abhishekam. After offering the tender coconut juice is considered as prasadam and a medicine for many incurable diseases.

Additional Info

Eateries near Cherai Gowreeshwara Temple

 Chilliout Cafe Restaurant +91 4842488811,

  Brighton beach cafe +91 9747395555


  Supermarket : Available