Koodalmanikyam Temple

Koodalmanikyam Temple also called as Kudal Manikkam Temple is a famous Hindu Temple located in Irinjalakuda town of Thrissur District in Kerala State of India. It is the only temple in India whose deity is Bharata brother of Lord Rama. It is also one of temple in Kerala that are dedicated to four brothers of Ramayan including Lord Rama and are called as Nalambalam. Around the temple you will find four ponds of which the Kuttan Kulam is the largest one. Majority id temple sin Kerala have a custom of five poojas and three sivelis a day . But in this temple there is ni siveli and are only three poojas. The deity is taken out for ceremonial procession only during the annual festival.

The floral offerings to the diety consist of Lotus,Tulasiand Chethi. No other flower is taken for Pooja or for making garlands. Lotus garland, popularly known as Thamaramala is an important offering to the diety. A full garland will be around twelve feet long and will have not less than 101 lotus flowers. There is a popular belief that the diety at Koodalmanikyam is a veritable Dhanwanthara moorthy.

Thriputhari on the Thiruvonam day in the month of Thulam (October-November) is an important occasion in the Temple. It is a day of feasting when the newly harvested rice is first cooked and offered to diety and then is partaken of by the devotees.

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The earliest historical reference to Koodalmanikyam Temple is found in a stone inscription attributed to the Chera king Stanu Ravi Varman dated 854 A.D, donating vast extents of land for the Temple. Koodalmanikyam Temple is a marvel in architectural beauty. The impressive gateways, round shaped Sanctum Sactorum, the majestic Koothambalam and the Carvings in wood and stone on the walls all attract students of Art and Architecture. The murals on the walls on either side of the Eastern entry to Chuttambalam also deserve special mention. The Temple had also been an important centre of nourishment of the Temple Arts like Kathakali, Koothu, Koodiyattom and Thullal.

How To Reach Koodalmanikyam Temple

Koodalmanikyam Temple is located near Irinjalakuda in Thrissur town. A straight stretch of 150 meters from Irinjalakuda Municipal Bus Station takes you to the Temple.

By AirCochin International Airport is located about 37 Km form here.

By Road– Irinjalakuda is well connected to other cities of Thrissur and Kerala .

By TrainIrinjalakkuda Railway Station is about 9 Km from here.

Koodalmanikyam Temple

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