Monday, April 7, 2014

Temples of the God's own country

Kerala is truly the gift of Gods to India. With his perennial green beauty and it’s very
educated masses who truly believe in cleanliness, it stands out from other states of India.
There are two views on how it got its name. One view is that , it got its name from the
Chera kings who ruled it long time ago and another is that , Keralam simply means
“garden of coconuts”, which it truly is. Kerala is the land between the mighty Western
Ghats and the Arabian Sea, starting from near Trivandrum in the south to slightly north of
Kasargode. No where in Kerala either the sea or the mountain, would be more than 60-70
kilometers. This ribbon of a land is divided into the sandy beach, the hills and valleys and
the mountainous regions.
People professing Hinduism, Islam and Christianity occupy this land. Most of them
are very religions. They all have another religion too-the religion of cleanliness. It would
be extremely difficult to locate a Keralite who does not take bath in the early morning.
Most of the Hindus visit the local temple after bath wearing wet cloths. Except for one or
two temples in the entire Kerala, most of these temples are simple constructions without
much architecture. But any one entering these temples would be instantly transported to
the highly charged spiritual atmosphere there. . Most of these temples are very divine and
have epic stories associated with them. But nothing much about them is known outside
Kerala, except about Guruvayur temple, Sabarimala Temple and Ananthapadmanabha
Swami temple . The agamas   and deity worship is more based on Thanthra sasthra than manthras.
     Though I am a keralite , I myself did not  know much  about the temples in my state  . So I started collecting particulars of different temples  in Kerala. Today  I have completed writing about 100   temples of Kerala.  In a land where thousands of temple are  there, it is a very small number.  These are available   in my blog
I am giving below the index of such temples, I have described. I have classified them as , Bhagawathy temples, Vishnu  Temples, Shiva temples, Sastha temples, Subrhamanya temples  , Ganapathy temples  and others. In the others do read about  the Parabrahma temple of Ochira, possibly the only kind in the world,  where the temple is simply a huge forest  without any deities  and  the worship is done to two banyan trees.
Bhagwathi temples































 






Vishnu /Krishna/Rama temples






























Lord Shiva temples




Kanjirankattu Vaidyanatha swamy temple 




Mithrananda Puram temple













Sastha temples








Subrahmanya Swami temples



Kumaranallore Kumaraswami temple



Ganapathi temples







Other temples









10 comments:

Vinod Krishnan said...

Excellent work done. Keep it up.
(Vinod)
Dept. of Atomic Energy, Surat, Gujarat.
vinodkrishnan1964@yahoo.in

Choomma said...

Great blog sir.

rajukalpetta said...

excellant we have vishnu temples in wayanad please be added one of them maniyankode vishnu temple

P.R. Ramachander said...

I request Raju Kalpetta to send me
Write up of the Vishnu temple and also a Mariamman temple in Wyanad .I would post them in this blog under his authorship, Ramachander

Anonymous said...

Lakhs of temples are there.each village panchayth ward have dozen in number.
108 Vishnu, 108 Shiva temples,108 devi temples are big / famours.

you are at least try to bring some that work itself great.

Krishnan MG said...

Excellent piece of w0rk. Please keep it up.
There is one temple dedicated to Lord Dhanwanthari at Nelluvaya in
Trichur Dist - Sri Dhanwanthari Temple - on the Wadakancheri-Kunnamkulam Road - worth visiting.
M.G. Krishnan.

V.R.Venkatachalam said...

What a wonderful piece of information. My curiosity increases to grasp more. In the remaining days of my life span I wish that I visit these maximum temples to invoke the Deities' blessings Thanks

R.Subramanian said...

Thanks for the blog. Excellent work. Hope more additions to this. GOD BLESS!

Jathu said...

Ammathiruvadi Temple at Urakam and Panniyankara Sri Durga Bhagavathy Temples are among the 108 Bhagavathy Temples being constructed by Parasuraman as per the Aithihyamala.

VIVEK said...

Madayi Kavu Bhagawathi http://rajathathaskeralatemples.blogspot.in/2011/11/madhur-anatheswara-ganapathi-temple.html

Seems a mistake: This is of Madhur