Located in Thirumoozhikalam (Moozhikkulam) in Ernakulam, Kerala, Thirumoozhikulam Sree Lakshmanaperumal Temple is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams. Here, Lord Vishnu is worshipped in the form of Lakshmana Perumal. This temple is part of the famous Nalambala Darshana Yatra. The temple is under the administration of the Travancore Devaswom Board.
According to the legends, a local ruler, Vakkay Kaimal, had a dream one night in which some mysterious person appeared before him and told him that the four idols have been washed ashore and that these idols are to be consecrated at such and such places. Next day, Kaimal hastened to the sea shore and he saw four idols laying there as indicated in the dream. As per the instructions in the dream, the four idols were duly installed in four temples. ...View more
ord Rama at Thriprayar (22 Km North west of Irinjalakuda), Bharata at Irinjalakuda, Lakshmana at Moozhikulam (30 KM south west of Irinjalakuda) and Shatrughna at Payammal (5 KM south of Irinjalakuda). It is believed that worshipping at these four temples on the same day is especially meritorious. It is believed that Lord Krishna worshipped these idols. This temple is part of the famous Nalambala Darshana Yatra.
Thirumoozhikulam Sree Lakshmanaperumal Temple has all the five prakaras and is beautifully constructed. It is believed that the temple was built according to the design made by Perumthachan, the legendary master artisan. The temple was set on fire in 1790 during the invasion by Tipu Sultan and the idol was desecrated. It was renovated later during the reigns of Travancore Kings Sree Moolam Tirunal Maharaja and Sree Chithira Tirunal Maharaja. Va...View more
tezhuthu inscriptions can be found on the northern side and below the pranalam and also on the western side of the valiyambalam, confirming the age of the temple.
At Thirumoozhikulam Sree Lakshmanaperumal Temple, Traditional Kerala attire is preferred.
Moozhikulam is one of the 108 Divya Desams mentioned in the works of the Tamil Azhvars (saints). The Divya Desam refer to 108 Vishnu temples, of which 105 are in India, one is in Nepal, and last two are outside the Earthly realms. The last two are Thirupalkadal - the ocean of milk - and Paramapadam - the Srivaikuntam where lord Narayana presides. The ten temples in Malai Nadu or Kerala include Moozhikulam Lakshmana Swami temple, Sree Ananthapadmanabha Swamy temple at Thiruvananthapuram, and Thirunavai temple. The Divya Desams are revered by the 12 Azhvars in the Divya Prabandha, a collection of 4,000 Tamil verses.
Pal-payasam, appam, katumpayasam and trimadhuram are the main offerings at Thirumoozhikulam Sree Lakshmanaperumal Temple .
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