Kerala Pilgrim Packages-2 (5 Nights 6 Days)
Day 01 - Guruvayur - Kodungallur
Arrival at Cochin/ Thrissur. Guruvayur, the abode of Lord Sree Guruvayurappan, is located 29 kms north west to the cultural capital of the kerala.According to the legends, the idol worshipped here is more than 5000 years old. But there are no historical records to establish it. In the 14th century Tamil literature 'Kokasandesam', references about a place called Kuruvayur is made. As early as 16th century (50 years after the Narayaneeyam was composed) many references are seen about Kuruvayur. In ancient Dravidic, Kuruvai means sea, hence the village on the coast may be called Kuruvayur.
The Bhagawati temple at Kodungallur is of great renown throughout the state of Kerala. The Bharani festival at the Kodungallur Bhagawati temple is one of the grandest in Kerala. Overnight stay at Guruvayur.
Day 02 - Chottanikkara Temple
Chottanikkara temple, located near Kochi enshrines Bhagawati - the mother Goddess, is one of the most popular deities in Kerala. On the way is the Poornatrayesa temple at Tripunittura. The goddess is worshipped along with Lord Vishnu. People who have mental illness seek refuge in the divine mother, who graciously cures all her devotees. Goddess Rajarajeswari is the presiding deity. This deity is worshipped in three different forms - as Saraswati in the morning till7:00 - draped in white, as Bhadrakali at noon draped in crimson, and as Durga in the evening decked in blue. The image in the shrine is not fixed to the ground and is mounted on loose sand. Water offered during ablution ceremonies percolates underground. Overnight stay at Kochi.
Day 03 - Ambalapuzha - Mannarassala - Chettikulangara
The Ambalapuzha Temple is a typical Kerala style built temple, dedicated to Sree Krishna. Ambalapuzha temple is famous for its temple architecture and the milk porridge- Paalpaayasam. Chembakasseri Pooradam built this temple in 800 AD. One of the legends connected with the origin of this temple is related to the sage Vilwamangalam Swaamiyaar. Devanarayana Raja surrendered his kingdom to Sreekrishnan after the consecration of Ambalapuzha temple and assumed the name Devanarayanan. The idol at Ambalapuzha is likened to Parthasaarathhi with a whip in the right hand and a Shankhu in the left. It is also in this temple that 'Pallipana' dance is performed by 'Velans' (sorcerers) once in twelve years. Ambalapuzha Temple in Alappuzha is also famous for the unique sweetened milk porridge or payasam that is served to devotees as prasadam.
Mannarassala Sree Nagaraja Temple is a very ancient and internationally-known centre of pilgrimage of serpent gods. The temple covers an area of 16 acres of dense green forest grove. Poojas and worship patterns at Mannarasala, the abode of serpent Gods, are different from most other temples. It is important to visit and worship the main deities as well as the Upadevathas, Chitrakudas, Valia Amma at the Illam etc. The presiding deity at Mannarasala is Nagaraja. He is Anantha (Vishnu) and Sarparaja is Vasuki (Siva). It is believed that Nagaraja, as the installed deity, is endowed with the form of Vishnu and the spirit of Siva. Sarpayakshi and Nagayakshi are the beloved consorts of Nagaraja. The main temple premise has two separate sanctum sanctorums, one devoted to Sarpayakshi and the other for Nagaraj. The most popular offering of this temple is Uruli Kamazhthal, the placing of a bell metal vessel upside down in front of the deity, which is believed to restore fertility to childless couples.
Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi temple is one of the most renowned temples in Kerala.The temple is located at Chettikulangara in Mavelikkara taluk of Alappuzha district in the south Indian state of Kerala. One important aspect of the temple is that the deity appears as Maha Saraswathi in the morning, as Maha Lakshmi at noon and Sri Durga or Bhadrakali in the evening. It is also believed that Chettikulangara Amma (the main deity) is the daughter of Kodungallur Amma, brought to that place for the well being of all people at Onattukara(Mavelikara).And it also says that some CHETTIYAR [SRESHTA] families from Tamil Nadu was related to the name CHETTIKULANGARA. Overnight stay at Kayamkulam.
Day 04 - Oachira - Vallikkavu - Varkala
According to the Puranas this temple is one of the famous sacred places of Kerala and in India. The Ochira Parabrahma temple, as it is popularly known is dedicated to the universal consciousness. The uniqueness of the temple is that there are no idols. The Oachira Temple is unique in the sense that it does not have covered structures for temples. People worship the Para Brahma (the original formless power who manifests as the three Supreme forms of God, namely Brahma/Vishnu/Siva) under neatly preserved trees. Oachira Kali, Kettukazha and Panthrandu Vilakku festival are the famous festivals celebrated at Oachira temple.
Vallikkavu is the head quarters of Matha Amrithanandamayi Madom. Mata Amritananda Mayi was born in a fisherman's family in Kollam. The Vallikkavu ashram, now called Amritandanmayi Math was started in 1981 as a soul-soothing spiritual tourism spot.
Janardhana Swamy Temple, located on the beach road at Varkala, is believed to be almost 2,000 years old and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple aptly follows and echoes the aesthetics of traditional South-Indian architecture. The main idol has a remarkable appearance with four arms having all the attributes of Vishnu. This temple is also popular as the only shrine dedicated to Vishnu in the name of Janardhana in this part of the country, since most of the temples are usually being dedicated to Krishna.
Overnight stay at Varkala/ Trivandrum.
Day 05 - Padmanabhaswamy Temple - Sucheendram
This temple, a sprawling complex with a magnificent seven storied tower houses the idol of Lord Vishnu in the form of Ananthapadmanaoha (the Lord who upheld creation on a lotus which sprang forth from His navel). The 6 m image, partly covered with gold and embellished with precious stones is viewed in three sections through three doors. Historical records show that in 1750, the Maharaja of Travancore on being victorious in a battle laid down his sword and, offered himself to this temple's deity. Since then, all his successors have ruled the land as Padmanabhadadasas (servants of Padmanabha). Arattu is an important festival here.
Sucheendram Sthanumalaya Temple dedicated to Lord Siva. 77 kms from thiruvananthapuram. on kanyakumari route. (Kanyakumari sucheendram 13 kms). Brahma and Vishnu are other deities. the granite idol of Sree Anjaneya 18 feet height is in the north east corner inside the Temple. images of Navagrahas are carved in the ceilings of the Mandapa. The construction of this temple began in the fifth century by the Pandya Maharaja - maran Chadayan. there after the Chola Rajas, Vijayanagar chieftians, Nayaks of Madurai and continued to the present set up by the Maharaja of Travancore, Chithirathirunal in the 20th century, as it is seen today. the gopura 134 feet high, the main entrance door of 24 feet high of granite, Mandapa with granite pillars of 18 feet height, granite idol of Nandi having 13 ft height, the mural paintings on the walls of the gopuram, the sculptures in granite, the musical pillars all these make the temple as repository of art treasure. Overnight stay at Trivandrum.
Day 06 - Trivandrum
After the sight seeing, Move to Trivandrum for departure.
Note: Local sight seeing is included in all of the above days.
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