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Koodalmanikyam Temple | Kerala, Trichur

Situated at Irinjalakuda in Thrissur district, Kerala, Koodalmanikyam Temple is the only temple in India dedicated to Bharata, the brother of Lord Rama. One of the distinctive feature of Koodalmanikyam temple is that there is only one single Prathista (single deity). It is one of the four temples in Kerala that form a set called "Nalambalam", each temple dedicated to Lord Rama, Bharata, Lakshmana and Shatrughna. The temple enshrines Chathurbahu Vishnu with Conch, Chakra, Gada and Japamaala.

Legend

According to the legend, thousands of years ago, Irinjalakuda was a dense forest . Kulipini Maharshi and some other sages did a great Yagna to please Lord Vishnu. Pleased with their devotion, the Lord Vishnu appeared before them. As boon, Kulipini Maharshi and other sages wanted the eternal presence of the Lord at that place. The Lord readily agreed. Happy with the presence of the Lord, all the sages prayed to Goddess Ganga to bless the sacred Ya...View more

Architecture

The eastern gate way (Gopuram) is an impressive structure in the typical Kerala style of architecture with tiled roof and white washed walls.   Numerous carvings are embedded into the front wall of the gateway.   From the Gopuram you enter the outer quadrangle.  The Temple is situated inside a well walled up ten-acre plot with attractive gateways on the East, South and West.   The huge porches on the Eastern and Western approa...View more

Darsan Info

The Diety is believed to be Bharata, brother of Ram, but the idol is that of Lord Vishnu.The diety is taken out for ceremonial procession only during the Annual Festival.

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Location and Contact

Koodalmanikyam Devaswom, Irinjalakuda, Thrissur, Kerala - 680 121
+91 4802826631,+91 4802822631

A straight stretch of 150 meters from Irinjalakuda Municipal Bus Station takes you to the Temple. Koodalmanikyam Temple is situated at Irinjalakuda in Thrissur District of Kerala. Irinjalakuda is 18 Km west of Chalakudy in NH 47 and 9 Km East of Moonnupeedika in NH 17. It is 23 Km south of Thrissur and 16 Km north of Kodungallur. Koodalmanikyam temple is 45 Km away from Cochin International Airport. One has to travel 31 Km in NH 47 towards Thrissur and after Chalakudy-Potta Junction take diversion westwards in State Highway 60. The town is 9 Km away from the Irinjalakuda Railway Station.

Darsan Dresscode

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 Skirt.

Culture

Thrissur, with its rich history, cultural heritage and archaeological wealth, is called as cultural capital of Kerala. The town is famous for its Pooram festival. This district is also a veritable treasure trove of history. The sylvan beauty of Northern Kerala begins here, with tiny, tranquil hamlets by the sides of tediously flowing rivers. An ancient cultural center, Thrissur houses the Kerala Kalamandalam, the Kerala Sahitya Academy, the Kerala Lalitakala Academy and the Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy.

Language Spoken:Malayalam

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Temple Rituals

The custom in most of the Temples in Kerala is to have five Poojas and three Sivelis a day. But in Koodalmanikyam there are only three Poojas and no Siveli.

Regular Offerings

Lotus garland, popularly known as Thamaramala, is an important offering to the diety. A full garland will be around twelve feet long and will have not less than 101 lotus flowers. Full flowers not their petals, are used in this garland.

Special rituals

The deity at Koodalmanikyam is believed to be an incarnation of Dhanwanthara Moorthy and has curing powers. One legend says that an aged devotee was suffering from chronic stomach ache and as instructed by the Lord in his dreams, he made an offering of 101 brinjals as Nivedya. This cured his ailment. From that day onwards, Brinjal Nivedyam became a special Nivedyam at the Temple.

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