is one of 3 temples belonging to G.S. Brahmin community in the Vypeen island and popularly known as Vypeen Guruvayur. The
Centenary of the temple was celebrated in 1995 A.D.
Cochin Thirumala Devaswom
temple is the biggest and greatest socio-religious institution of Gowda Saraswath Brahmin Samaj and is one of the Mahakshetrams
of kerala. It is situated in the heart of Mattancherry town in a vast spread area. This temple was established by Saraswat
Brahman Community in 1599 AD
Garuda Temple Tours
The Sri Garuda Temple is actually located on the boundary of the Thirumala Devaswom
Temple in Cochin. The idol of Sri Garuda is around six feet high.
KALADI - THE BIRTH PLACE OF ADI SANKARA
This writer had the unique opportunity
of visiting Kaladi in May 1965 when the Sankaracharyas of three maths-Sringeri, Dwaraka and, Puri met here to participate
in the Sankara Jayanti celebrations. It was unique because rarely do Sankaracharyas of different maths meet together. Such
a meeting in which all the four Sankaracharyas. Including that of Badrinath came together on a common platform took place
15 years later-May 1979-at Sringeri which, it was said, was the first meeting in 125 years. The Kaladi meeting was therefore
an event of importance 'and all Kerala and the neighboring States enthusiastically welcomed the holy men.
Kodungalloor Bharani Utsavam
Venue: 50 kms north of Kochi is the
ancient port town of Crangannore, now called Kodungalloor.
Event Date: 01 Apr 2006 22 Mar 2007 08
Apr 2008 29 Mar 2009 20 Mar 2010
The goddess Bhagavathi is
the presiding deity of the ancient temple here. The Bharan i festival which falls
in the month of Meenam (March/April) attracts the largest congregation of Velichappadu
(oracles), both men and women. The term Velichappadu in
Malayalam means "the revealer of light".
The festival commemorates goddess Bhadrakali's victory
over the demon Daarika. The huge idol of Bhadrakaali, with eight hands, each holding
weapons like swords and wheels evokes reverential fear in the minds of the devotees. Velichappadus
dressed in red costume and with streaming hair, smear their body with turmeric powder, wear
huge waist belts studded with bells and hold aloft sacred swords of different sizes and shapes.Once in a trance, these oracles
perform a frenzied dance, repeatedly slashing their foreheads with curved swords.
As a supreme symbol of their devotion
they make a sacrificial offering of their own blood to the deity. A grand procession ( Ezhunnallathu )
with nine majestic tuskers is held in the evenings followed by a series of cultural programmes staged in the temple premises.
Kodungallore, the ancient capital of Kerala lying about twenty miles north-west of
Ernakulam had a hoary past. The Kodungallore Bhagavathy temple is one of the wealthiest temples in Kerala.
Bhadrakali born of the third eye of Samhara Rudra,
killed the demon Darika. It is to commemorate this event that the famous Bharani festival is celebrated in the Kodungallore
Bhagavathy temple in Meenam (March-April) every year.
Karnakodam Sree Venkatachalapathy Temple
This is the only G.S.B temple where the Adhi Sree Narayana Moorthi in full Avathara of
Vishnu and Sree Venkatachalapathymoorthy of Kaliyug are being worshipped from 13th Century.
Kottuvallikkavu Kumbha Bharani
The Kottuvillikavu Bhagavathy temple is situated 15 kilometers to the west of
the Aluva railway station in the Kottuvally village of Paravur taluk. This temple is said to have been built by Kottaukal
Padanayar from Kodungallore (Cranganore).
Lakshmana Perumal Temple
Venue: Thirumoozhikkulam Lakshmana Perumal Temple, Moozhikkulam, about 15 km from Aluva, Ernakulam
district, central Kerala.
The temple is dedicated to Lakshmana, the brother of Lord Rama, hero of the epic, the Ramayana.
The ninth day of the tenday festival is the most auspicious, when a spectacular procession of caparisoned elephants is taken
Nearest railway station: Aluva, about
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 6 km.
The word ‘Maha Sivarathri’ means `the great night of Lord Siva.
is said to commemorate the day on which lord Siva consumed the deadly poison (kalakutaviaham) to save the world from destruction.Godess
Parvathy is believed to have worshipped Lord Siva with great devotion . Lord Siva was pleased by her prayer and blessed her.
She asked for the benefit of all the creatures, that in future whoever worships the Lord on the siva ratri day with devotion,
they should also be blessed and should be given the ultimate liberation and it was granted.
In Kerala, it is celebrated
in the Malayalam month of Kumbam (February-March). It is celebrated by the Hindus all over Kerala. The Mahasivarathri is considered
a very important day for fast and Siva worship.
There is no other place in Kerala where Sivarathiri is celebrated on such a grand scale
as in Aluva.The festival is held on the banks of Periyar at Alwaye .The sand bank is extensive and the pilgrims running into
several thousands congregate here. People belonging to all classes, castes and creeds assemble for this festival, The pilgrims
keep awake the whole night and return home next morning after performing Bali. There are shows, dances etc. meant for keeping
the pilgrims awake throughout the night.
Sree Kuladevata Mandir complex, Ambalamedu, Cochin
The Kuladevata mandir complex at Ambalamedu houses eight kuladevata temples in a
single complex adjacent to the Kashi mutt ashram. The concept of eight family deities in one compound is a rare one and thus
the complex attracts pilgrims not only from Kerala but from other parts of India as well. Ambalamedu is situated at about
15kms from Ernakulam town and is about 5 km from Tripunithura. One can have regular city buses plying between Ernakulam and
Ambalamedu. The construction of the complex was started in 1989 and completed in 1993.
. Sree Dharmaasastha Temple
West of Thirumala Devaswom Temple
diety was found by ancestors of present trustees and has been worshipped by Bhat family of Gargigotra
Venue: Thripunithura, Kochi, Ernakulam district, Central
A spectacular customary procession that marks the beginning of the Onam festival is held on the Atham asterism
of the Malayalam month Chingam
(August/September). Earlier, this was a royal procession of the king of Kochi and his entourage to the Thripunithura
Fort, an occasion for the public to greet the king at close quarters.
Caparisoned elephants, a variety of folk art
forms, floats, musical ensembles etc., are part
of the procession.
railway station: Thripunithura, about one km away.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 30 km from Thripunithura.
Sri Damodar Temple
Sri Garuda Temple
Near T D Temple
temple is situated on the outer prakaras of the T.D.temple. The idol of Sri Garuda is about 6 feet in its height
Sri Hanuman Temple
Near T.D. Temple
This temple is located
on the outer prakaras of the T.D. Temple. The idol of hanuman is about 6 feet in height. It is belived that the idol of Hanuman
was brought to Cochin by Kalaga Prabhu from the holy place of Rameshwaram. The temple contains one of the biggest bells in
Sri Keraleshwar Devasthan
This is Shiva temple built
in the 18th century by a Gowda Saraswath merchant called Kalaga Prabhu with a shivaling brought from Rameshwaram. This temple
was later passed on to Raja of Cochin who handed it to Cochin Tirmala Devaswom for managing in 1780 A.D. Nagadevata is also
worshipped. Mahashivratri is grandly celebrated here
Sree Dhanwanthari Devaswom
Behind PTD Palluruthy
This Devaswom in Palluruthy
has been established by GS Brahmins in Cochin
Shree Bhadra Narasimhaswami Temple
T D Road
The idol installed in
this temple was the family deity of Sri Venkateshwara Bhat Archak of the Thirumala Temple of Ernakulam. As per the directions
of H H Srimad Sudheendra Theertha Swamiji, a trust was formed to manage the temple on 2.5.86. On 3.7.87, foundation stone
was laid by them and the reconstruction ceremony was performed by His Holiness on 24th March, 1989.
The temple celebrates
the festivals of Vasantha Pooja, Narsimha Jayanthi, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Anantha Vritha, etc. annually.
Sri Durga Devi Temple
T D Road
The temple was built in
1934 by 4 sons of Naga Prabhu. Stone idol of presiding deity Sri Shanta Durga was installed along with that of Bethal and
four other upadevathas. Daily Pooja, monthly homas, Rudrabhishekha, annual Prathisth day ceremonies, Sata Kalashabisheka etc.
are conducted by the Kula Purohit of the family. Eldest male member of the family manages the temple with the contribution
from all members of the family for the prescribed rituals.
Sri Ernakulam Tirumala Devaswom ( T D Temple )
T D Road
The temple was established
in 1727 A.D. with Pratishta of Sri Laxmi Venkatesha as Chief Deity. Other Parivara devatas like Sri Mahalakshmy, Sri Ganapathy,
Sri Hanuman and Sri Garuda were installed later on. Since then renovations have been done from time to time. Work of Suvarna
Garuda Vahanam costing Rs. 50 lakhs was completed in 1989.
Sri Gopalkrishna Swami Devaswom
T D Road
One of the most prominent
among family temples in Kerala. The idols were brought from Goa to save it from destruction of the Portuguese, to save our
religion, rituals and culture.
The presiding deity here
is the kuladevata of Bharadwaj Gotra, Atri Gotra Gowda Saraswaths. This temple closely resembles th the famous temple at Marshel
Sri Krishna Vadyar who
was grand sire and leader of 10 families immigrated here, erected this temple. Later his brother Achutha Vadhyar moved to
Ernakulam with the idol and settled down there. The Sixtieth anniversary of the consecration of Gopalkrishna Swamy temple
was celebrated in Feb. 1976 under guidance of H H Sudheendra Theertha Swamiji.
Sree Balabadrakali Devaswom
One of the oldest and
rarest Sila Vigraha of Devi in Alwaye town.
Sree Venkatachalapathi Devaswom
One of the ancient temples
of Kerala belonging to G.S. Brahmins was established in the fourth quarter of the 17th century. In the year 1988, H H Sudheendra
Swamiji's Vasanthotsava and Centenary celebrations of the temple were celebrated.
Sree Betal Temple
Northern Side of Varaha Temple
Cherai Kerala 683514
One of the oldest temples in
Kerala. The G.S.B. families from Goa came here around 1550 A.D. and settled in the area between Azheekal and Elankunnapuzha
in the Vypeen island.
Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple
Venue: Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple, Thripunithura, about 8 km from Ernakulam,
The temple is dedicated to Santhana Gopalakrishna the eighth incarnation
of Lord Vishnu (the Preserver) in his childhood stage. The temple celebrates five annual occasions, two of which are purely
tantric observances. Among the remaining three, this festival celebrated for eight days (from December 5 to 12 this year)
is the most important.
Apart from the usual processions of caparisoned elephants, on the fourth day onwards a golden
pot is kept on a raised platform and offerings made here are believed to bring in a brighter future. This custom is called
Kanikka edal . Thousands of devotees turn up for this ceremony.Kathakali,Chakyarkoothu,
Ottanthullal, musical concerts etc. are presented in the temple precincts during the festival days.
Nearest railway station : Thripunithura, about 11/2 km
Nearest airport : Cochin International Airport, about
North Eastern Side of T.D. Temple
Udyaneshwara temple is situated on north eastern side of lake Mandapan of Tirumala devaswom. Tradition has it that the gigantic
lingam of Lord Shiva enshrined in the temple belonged to an ancient shrine Trikkanna Mathilakam. This lingam is said to have
been installed by Parashurama for the benefit of Nambudiri Brahmins. Because of its destruction by the Dutch it was reinstalled.
So the idol which was of 18 feet height is now visible only about four and half feet above ground level
. Vrindavan Temple
Near C T D Temple
This Vrindavan temple is built
in memory of H H Srimad Sukrateendra Thirtha Swamiji of Kashi Mutt Samsthan, former spiritual head of the G.S.B. community.
This temple was constructed at the spot where the body of his holiness was inturned and image of Sri Hanuman is consecrated.
Special poojas and Archanas are performed in the temple on the samadhi day of H H Srimad Sukrateendra Thirtha Swamiji in the
month of june/july.