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 Balakrishna Swami Devaswom 
Kuzhupilly 
Ayyampilly 
Ernakulam 682501

It 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 
Gosripuram 
Cochin 682002
This 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.

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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.

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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.

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Karnakodam Sree Venkatachalapathy Temple 
Karnakodam 
Cochin 682025

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 out.

Getting there:
Nearest railway station: Aluva, about 15 km.

Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 6 km.

Maha Sivarathri

The word ‘Maha Sivarathri’ means `the great night of Lord Siva.
Mahasivarathri 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
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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.

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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 
Cochin 682002

The diety was found by ancestors of present trustees and has been worshipped by Bhat family of Gargigotra

Thripunithura Athachamayam

Venue:   Thripunithura, Kochi, Ernakulam district, Central Kerala.

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.

Getting there       
Nearest railway station: Thripunithura, about one km away.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 30 km from Thripunithura.

 

 

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Sri Damodar Temple 
Sashasti Parambu 
North Cheralai 
Cochin 682002
Sri Garuda Temple 
Near T D Temple 
Ernakulam 

Cochin 682002

This 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 
Ernakulam 
Cochin 682002

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 India.

Sri Keraleshwar Devasthan 
Keraleshwar Street 
South Cherlai 
Cochin 682002

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 
18/494 Vembrakkat 
Behind PTD Palluruthy 
Cochin 682006

This Devaswom in Palluruthy has been established by GS Brahmins in Cochin

 

 

Shree Bhadra Narasimhaswami Temple 
T D Road 
Ernakulam 
Cochin 682035

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
Ernakulam 
Cochin 682035

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 
Ernakulam 682035

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 
Ernakulam 
Cochin 682035

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 in Goa.

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 
Alwaye 683101

One of the oldest and rarest Sila Vigraha of Devi in Alwaye town.

 

Sree Venkatachalapathi Devaswom 
North Parur 
Kerala 683513

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, central Kerala

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.

Getting there
Nearest railway station : Thripunithura, about 11/2 km

Nearest airport : Cochin International Airport, about 30 km

Udyaneswara Temple
North Eastern Side of T.D. Temple 
Cochin 682002
This 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 
Cochin 682002

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.

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