Situated in Triprayar, Thrissur, Thriprayar Sree Rama Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Rama. The diety in the Triprayar Temple is popularly known as Triprayarappan or Triprayar Thevar. Here, the idol of Lord Rama is seen with four arms with bearing a conch, a disc, a bow and a garland.
According to the legends, it is believed that the idol of Lord Rama was woshipped by Lord Krishna. The idol was immersed in the sea after the swargarohana of Lord Krishna. The idol was later found by some fisher men from the sea near Chettuva region of Kerala. The local ruler Vakkayil Kaimal constructed a temple at Triprayar and installed the idol there. This temple is part of the famous Nalambala Darshana Yatra.
Triprayar Sree Rama Temple is rich in wood carvings. The namaskara mandapam which faces the circular sanctum (srikovil) has 24 panels of wood carvings and several ancient murals. The circular sanctum has several sculptural representations of scenes from the Ramayana.
At Triprayar Sree Rama Temple, Traditional Kerala attire is preferred.
The border area between Ernakulam and Thrissur districts is the cultural hub of the State, with a rich history of producing some of the best classical performing artistes like Ammannur Madhava Chakyar. It is also rich in old temples, showing the deep rooted culture.
Triprayar Sree Rama Temple is famous for freeing people from evil spirits. It is believed that by making different offerings to appease Thriprayarappan, people can be cured of evil influence. And hence the name Chathan Bhandaram. Firing of kathinas or Vedi vazhipadu is an important offering here. It is to commemorate the return of Hanuman after the search of Sita, with the words, 'Drishta Sita'-seen Sita. This offering is believed to help easy and comfortable pregnancy. Feeding the fishes in Purayar river flowing in front of the temple is another main offering here. It is believed that the fishes are the pets of Triprayar Thevar and feeding them will please Him. Usually Meen Oottu is offered to reduce the discomfort of Asthma patients and for improving their health.
Palpayasam, Chandanam Charthu(smearing of the idol with sandal paste), different archanas and meenoottu(feeding fishs in theevra river) are other important offerings to the deity at Triprayar Sree Rama Temple.
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