Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sree Rama temple- Thriprayar,Kerala

Sree Rama temple, is  situated on the banks of river Thriprayar which is in Trichur district. This is a 11th century temple. Guruvayur temple is just 23kms from this place.  This temple stands tall on the banks of the river and one can enjoy the  scenic beauty around.

 A golden statue of Lord Rama is enshrined in sanctum sanctorum. The idol possesses 4 hands each carrying a conch, disc, bow and garland respectively. There are also  idols of Boodevi and Sreedevi on either side of the deity . Dakshina Murthy is also worshipped here on the Southern side . It is believed that deity here has some of the aspects of Siva and Brahma too. Hence the deity is said to be a manifestation of Trimurtis. There are sub shrines for Goshala Krishnan and Ayyapa  in the outer circumambulation path. Devotees visiting the temple, as a ritual , feed fish in the river with soaked rice, called as meenutu, to  seek blessings of God.

 The temple sanctum is circular and the roof is conical. There are exquisite paintings, and carvings on wooden panels from  Ramayana epic on the walls of this temple. Ganesha is worshipped in a  small shrine within the inner walls of the temple. An unseen manifestation of Hanuman is worshipped  in the mandapam near the sanctum .

There are also temples dedicated to Rama's brothers Lakshmana, Bharatha and Shatrughna nearby and devotees take a pilgrimage of these 4 temples on a single day in the month of  karkkidagam , the last  month of Malayalam calender. It is known as nalambala darishanam and gaining popularity these days. These temples are in Irinajalakuda , dedicated to Bharatha- Moozhikulam - Lakshmana, and Payyamel - Shatrughna. I shall be posting on these temples one by one

To read more about this  temple  click here.

How to reach- One can approach this temple either from Ernakulam or Thrissur.Both towns have excellent accommodation facilties as well as bus services to this place.


31 comments:

  1. Such a tranquil site. Are those some kind of chime in picture 10?

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  2. This must have been a wonderful trip. Did you visit all the four kshetrams on the same day ?

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  3. PW, Pic 10 it is a big weighing balance, only the top portion is seen. It is used for a ritual called thulabharam. Devotees offer to God various things like sugar, Jaggery,flowers, basil, bananas equal to their weight. The person who makes the offering is made to sit on one side of the balance and the other side is is filled with the offerings.Could not get the whole thing in the pic.

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  4. Ramakrishnan,
    Yes, we did. It was a god trip.

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  5. The place looks so tranquil through your lens.

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  6. beautiful interesting temple

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  7. Beautifully captured pictures of the temple premises

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  8. Beautiful temple, soaked in serenity and tranquility... Thanks for yet another of my fascinating virtual tour.

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  9. Nice coverage..have been to Guruvayoor but missed this one..will make a note of it the next time we visit

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  10. Sushma and Arti
    thank you so much for your lovely comments.

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  11. EC,
    Visit all the four, you'll be able to cover this in the morning itself if you start early.

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  12. Wonderful coverage. The day you went, there seems to have a large number of visitors. I visited this temple 2 years back accompanied by my nephews and nieces. We also went to a beautiful beach nearby known as Snehateeram. I have a post on that, but in Hindi.
    http://goo.gl/oouOe

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  13. PNS
    It was crowded as there was some special pooja that day.But there was no crowd in other 3 temples.
    I didn't see snehateeram. I will read it in Hindi:)

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  14. Wonderful. Had been to this temple many times during my childhood. Love the meenooottu here.

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  15. Niranjan, thanks and nice to know you have visited this temple many times. Are you from Kerala?

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  16. Very nice Chitra.. I would love to visit this place..

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  17. that is a real temple is amazing!

    http://www.ohmydior.org/

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  18. So serene, this beautiful temple near the river! Hope your day is lovely dear Chitra!

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  19. Sridharan,
    When you go visit all 4 temples. Try to take a pic of the temple from the bridge.

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  20. The place seems to be serene and old. I liked the partial thulabharam weighing balance chitra ma'am

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  21. OMD, and Martina thanks for your comments.

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  22. Insignia, I have got a full thulabharam pic. shall post soon:) thanks for the comment.

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  23. Ashok and SM
    thanks for the comments.

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  24. Just lovely, Chitra. I enjoyed seeing the temple but also the pictures of the attendees in their beautiful saris.

    Happy Sunday!

    :-)
    Traci

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  25. thanks Traci for your lovely comment.

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