Pazhavangadi Maha Ganapathy Temple

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Maha Ganapathy

The Pazhavangadi MahaGanapathy temple (ശ്രീ പലവങ്ങാടി മഹാ ഗണപതി ക്ഷേത്രം) is situated at East Fort in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram City. The main Deity of the temple is Sri Mahaganapathy (Ganesha).The temple is situated in close proximity to the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple. Other Deities worshiped at the temple include Dharmasasta, Goddess Durga and Nagaraja. The temple sculptures include 32 different forms of Lord Ganesha.

Principal Deity: Maha Ganapathy
Sub-deities: Shree Durga, Shastha, Nagaraja
Idol (Prathishta): East-facing. The idol is unique in that Ganesha is in a seated posture with right leg folded.

The place where the temple stands used to be a fruit market years ago. Thus the name – Pazhavangadi (Pazham = fruit, Angadi = Market).


Temple Front

Years ago, the capital of the erstwhile Travancore Kingdom was Padmanabhapuram (now part of Kanyakumari district, Tamilnadu state). The soldiers who guarded the palace-fort at night were repeatedly harassed by a ‘yakshi’ and over time,no one was willing to do night patrol. One of the soldiers happened to be an ardent devotee of Ganesha. When his turn came to take night vigil, he decided that the Lord will protect him from harm. He went for a bath that evening and stumbled upon a Ganesha statue lying on the river bed. He saw this as a divine signal and took it with him to work that night and did not experience any trouble from the yakshi. The soldiers built a temple and installed the idol in it.

Later in 1795, the capital of Travancore was moved to Thiruvananthapuram and the Ganesha was shifted to its current location. The temple we see today was built in 1860 by Maharaja Ayilyam Thirunal. The stones used in its construction were reportedly cut from the so-called ‘Kallan Paara’ in Killiyar near Nedumangad. After Indian independence, Travancore army merged with the Indian Army and the temple has been under the management of Indian Army (Pangode Military Camp) ever since.


Coconut symbolises human ego. When coconut is broken by force, the ego which shrouds one’s conscious mind is shattered. The devotee’s mind is opened to a larger, higher realm. You are allowed to reveal your true nature, unencumbered by self-consciousness, doubt or insecurity.

The Temple holds highest regards from the Keralites. The Temple is a often visited by many celebrities and Breaking Cocconut here is a widely followed tradition.One can here the Coconut breaking Sound all the time.Approximately 3000 Coconuts are broken every day, one can hear the continuous cracking sound of coconuts as if fire crackers are being burst.

Other offerings associated with Lord Ganesha like Ganapathy Homam, Appam, Modakam etc. are also performed here.


During Festival Time

The Main Festivals Celebrated are

  • Ganesh Chaturthi
  • ThirOnam
  • Vijayadasami
  • Vishu

Do's & Don'ts

The Temples in Kerala follow the practice which Prohibits men from wearing shirt inside the temple.

Men are supposed to remove their shirt while entering the Nalambalam (inner complex of the temple)

Temple Timings

  • Morning 4.30 am to 10.45 am
  • Evening 5 pm to 8.30 pm

Nearby Temples

How to Reach & Stay

The Temple is located 1 km from Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station, Eight km from Airport and Walking distance from Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

Thiruvanathapuram is well connected with all major cities with Train & Flights

There are lot of stay options available in Thiruvanathapuram

Temple Contact No :0471 461929