Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sree Vallabha Kshetram- Tiruvalla

Sree Vallabha Kshetram in Tiruvalla, Kerala is a temple dedicated to Maha Vishnu  and is one among the 108 divyadesams , a temple which has captivated my interest very much, in recent times.  Sree meaning Mahalakshmi and Vallabha means Her husband, hence the deity here known as Sree Vallabha. The temple is constructed in typical Kerala architecture .  Set in picturesque surroundings, the temple has exquisite carvings and murals.  The flag mast here is 50 feet tall,  carved out of a single rock with Garuda's image atop and  is believed to have been created by the legendary craftsman Perumthachan.  This temple has something additional than the flag mast,a Garudathara , which is unique and appeared magnificent. This also has a Garuda's image atop.There are sub shrines around the temple for Ayyapa , Karuppaya swamy etc.

Interesting facts-
The flag mast is believed to touch the underground water level.
Also known among divyadesam as Tiruvalavazh- Vishnu, Kolapira Perumal,
Moolasthanam is outside the West gopuram.
Kathakali is performed here almost  everyday in the evenings.

 How to reach-This temple is situated in Pathanamthitta District. There is a rail station in Tiruvalla and this temple is 2 1/2 Kms. from the town. The nearest airports are Trivandrum/ Kochi . the former being a little closer to Tiruvalla.


Accommodation- recommend either stay in Trivandrum or Kochi as  one gets  plenty of choices.

35 comments:

  1. The temple is indeed very beautiful. Thiruvalla is known to be lush and green and the surrounding says so. Thanks Chitra. I just noticed your other 2 blogs and I am hopping there right away

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  2. Chitra
    Its very near to my hometown Changanassery. In the temple there is a sub deity known as kurayappa swamy. A belief exists that offering kannan kula to this deity will remove the illness of cough.

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  3. I like your description of flag mast- 50 ft tall, single rock with Garuda on top. I can see it in pictures.

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  4. Bindu, Thanks. This is the best temple I have seen in recent times.

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  5. Aswathy, I had visited Chengannasery to see a temple.I have mentioned abt. Karuppayaswamy in the blog. Did you miss it?But that kannan pazham offering is news to me. Thanks for that.

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  6. Kiran, Thanks. Happy you loved my description.

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  7. Beautiful temple and majestic dwajasthamba.The details supplemented by Aswathi Babu make it an interesting place.I had visited Changanaserry but never had the good fortune to vist this temple that is closeby.One needs God's grace even to visit the temple,I believe

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  8. Thanks KP, I was sure you would love it.hence sent the messg.

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  9. Wow that flag post is so impressive and especially when you find out it was carved from a single piece of stone.

    Glad to be back visiting you, apologies for my absence, I'm so excited to read of your latest venture, your jewellery is beautiful.

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  10. Lovely temple and wonderful description .

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  11. Beautiful temple, so timeless. A question why do they paint him blue? Is there a symbol?
    Thanks for being a friend and stopping by my blog. I always look forward to your visits.

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  12. The flag mast is believed to touch the underground water level.
    interesting facts
    nice pics

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  13. I always love reading your post..it is so well written n full of information..your gorgeous pics are an added bonus..
    Beautiful Temple!

    Happy V day to you n your loved ones :)

    US Masala

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  14. PW, I fully understand , no need for any apologies, at times it happens, I am also a bit irregular these days. Some work keeps popping up, keeps me away from the p.c I am happy to see that you like my new hobby too. Thanks a lot.

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  15. Hummer, Lord Vishnu is always considered as Shyam varna or Neela megha Varnan meaning black ,dark or sky blue coloured that is how He is depicted in our mythology. You are always in my list of virtual friends :) so always peep in to see your posts.

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  16. Aipi,
    Thanks you so much and belated V.day wishes.

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  17. Very serene, enjoyed this visit

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  18. FINALLY yayyyyyyyyy this place I have been too but when i was very young (I hope i am right now and this is the same ) , 8th class i was in when we went on a school trip

    and the pics again beautiful... :) thanks for sharing
    Bikram's

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  19. Dear Chitra,
    Good Evening!
    It's a beautiful temple and the premises are so good.The temple tank is amazing!
    The aanakkottil and elephant are so attractive.
    Wishing you a lovely evening,
    Sasneham,
    Anu

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  20. Sushma, thanks
    Bikram - So you have visited Kerala Good Yaar.... Happy it helped to refresh your memory.

    Anupama, Thanks a lot dear.

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  21. Chitra,
    This is indeed a very important temple. I wish you had posted some Kathakali videos as well!

    I like the silver lamp showing Lakshmi being bathed by elephants. The large elephant outside looks alive!

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  22. Wow. As usual a wonderful blog post. The architecture appears different from other temples too. Very nice pictures.

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  23. Archana, thanks . Let me see if I can add a video.The elephant- It is the temple elephant. Most of temples in Kerala own elephants as they are used for daily rituals.

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  24. So,the elephant IS alive! I should have guessed.

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  25. Fascinating place, thanks for showing us! God, there's so much to see in India, it never ends. Hope i van travel there one day! Happy weekend Chutra!

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  26. Beautiful photo rendition of a lovely temple..

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  27. Hi Chitra, thanks for posting such beautiful photos. I have visisted the temple only once. There is a story shared by my mother regarding the temple. The idol is decorated only once a year in temple as the story goes that the lord used to be decorated everyday in chandan and used to look so handsome that a lady desired her husband to be as handsome as the god. The minute the lady had such thoughts, the idol turned black. So to this day, the idol is smeared with chandan only once a year

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  28. rn
    thanks for sharing the story associated with the temple. these kind of information we hardly get to know when we visit the temple for a few minutes.
    The visit is still fresh in mind and the Garudathara is awesome..

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