Thrikkuratti Mahadeva Temple
Thrikkuratti Mahadevar Temple is situated at Mannar, Alappuzha (dist) of Kerala, is one among 108 siva temples built by Lord Parasurama. Temple has two sanctum sanctorum with equal importance, within the same compund. One is Mahadeva temple and other one is Maha Vishnu Temple.The Srikovil of Thrikkuratti Mahavishnu temple is built on North Indian Architecture.
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning: Oh, Lord Shiva, who is seated on Mount Kailas, whose forhead is decorated with the moon and the king of serpents as a crown, who is the Ocean of Mercy and the remover of delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning: We worship the three eyed One (Lord Shiva) who is fragrant and who nourishes all beings; may He liberate me from death, for the sake of immortality, even as cucumber is severed from its bondage of the vine.
The Thrikkuratti Mahasivarathri Festival attracts thousands of devotees. The West Nada (Parvathi) will be open for ten minutes during Sivarathri Nritham on Sivarathri day only. All other days during the year it remains closed. The Mahasivrathri festival at Thrikkuratti Mahadeva temple is different from other temples due to its unique festivities. Though the spectacular and colourful cultural programs are performed by renowned artists during these eleven days, the main emphasis is for Sahasrakalasabishekam, Sivarathri Nrutham and Mahasivarathri Procession
Sahasrakalasabishekam: This is a very special and rare puja conducted during 10 days of Mahasivarathri festival. It is well known that Lord Siva is abhishekapriya (lover of ablutions). Lord Parasurama and Kroshta muni, during their worship of the lord here, are believed to have bathed the deity with Sahasrakalasam or a thousand pots of holy water according to Vedic rites. Now during Mahasivarathri festival days the Head Priest (Thanthri) and his team perform this puja. It is a ten day function, each day an offering of 101 Kalasam or pots of holy water being made 100 pots of Silver and one of Gold at do centre all filled with water and surcharged with mantras recited by learned Brahmins seated on the Mukhamantapam
Mahasivarathri Procession:On Sivarathri day evening a grand procession starts from Kadapra Kainikkara Temple. It includes, several decorated floats, Kaavadi Aaatam, Mayilattom, Amman Kudom, Thaiyyam, Vela kali, Kuthiyotta chuvadu, richly caparisoned elephants and folk art forms etc attracts thousands of devotees and tourists. When the main procession reaches Market Junction, other mini processions from Kurattikkadu Mutharamman Temple, Kurattissery Kannamkavil Mutharamman Temple, Thrippavoor Mahavishnu Temple, Vishavarsherikkara Subrahmanya Swami temple and Alumoodu Sivaparvathy Temple joins and makes the procession quite enlivening. The marvellous as well as magical effect of the Sinakari melam and Panchavadyam, a combination of five percussion and wind instruments is to be felt and enjoyed. Among the varieties of festivals celebrated in Kerala, Thrikkuratti Sivarathri Procession is one of the most thunderous, spectacular and dazzling. It is an expression of popular fascination for sound and colour, and because of the pageantry, it appeals to all people including foreigners. Once the procession reaches the temple, Deeparadhana followed by colourful display of fireworks.
The main daily offerings are Sathakalasam, Rudrabhishekam, Chathussatham, Mruthunjaya homam, Kshira Dhaara, Rudrasooktharchana, Bhagyasooktharchana, Mruthnjaya Pushpanjali, Astotharachana, Navagraharchana (at Maha Vishnu Temple) and Noorum Palum (at Naga Raja Temple).
- Pattambalam Devi Temple
- Kunnathur Devi Temple
- Karthikayini Devi Temple
- Chakkulathu Kavu Temple (5 Kms)
- Panayannar Kavu Temple (1 Km)
- Changannoor Mahadeva temple (9 kms)
- Mannarsaala Nagaraja Temple (10 Kms)
- Chettikulangara Devi Temple (7 Kms)
How to reach
Mannar is situated midway between Thiruvalla and Mavelikkara on State highway 6 (Kayamkulam - Thiruvalla Road).
The nearby Railway stations are Thiruvalla, Chengannoor, Mavelikkara and Harippad (each 9 kms from Mannar)
There are very less stay options in Mannar.However one can stay at Chengannoor where lot of stay options are available
Hotel Maharaja Palace http://www.maharajapalace.in/
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