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Poornathrayeesa Temple Kochi is a Calm and Peaceful Place

June 24, 2014

Poornathreyeesa Temple is located at Tripunithura, which is about 20 km from our hotel and 10 km from the city of Ernakulam. It is connected to Kochi by road and also by ferry. The temple is one of the three greatest temples in Kerala and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu is in the form of Santhanagopala Murthy or protector of babies and it is believed that if childless couples go here and pray, they will be blessed with a baby. We reached the temple in the morning and and entered through the main gate. The temple was very big and had many shrines inside. It was very clean and well kept and only those who wear traditional Kerala costumes are allowed to enter. Before entering inside, men have to remove their shirt.

Poornathrayeesa Temple Kochi

Poornathrayeesa Temple Kochi | Image Resource : blogspot.com

First we went to the sanctum sanctorum and prayed there. The idol of Lord Vishnu here is in a sitting position with his right leg folded and the left leg hanging down. He is sitting on the five hooded serpent Anantan, whose hood serves as a canopy for the Lord. The sanctum sanctorum was circular in shape and I could see the shrine of Ganapathy on its southern side. Facing the west was the shrine of Lord Anantan, the door of which remained closed all the time. We could see the idol only through a slit in the wall. On the walls of the temple there were idols of Gods made in brass. Kedavilakku was another attraction here, which is a lamp that remains lighted all the time.

Legend says that the temple was built by Arjun, the brave Pandava prince in Mahabharata. . The temple was destroyed in a fire in 1920 and was hen redesigned by the architect Eachara Warrier in 1921. The first floor of the gopuram has a Mandapam and 8 wooden pillars that are beautifully designed. The gopuram on the western side of the temple is very old and believed to have been constructed during the 11th and 12th centuries. Athchamayam and Vrischikolsavam are the two festivals celebrated here, when lots of devotees from all over Kerala visit the temple.

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