Famous Hindu Temples near Thrissur Kerala

Information on the famous temples in Thrissur, Kerala. Thrissur is home to numerous ancient and popular temples of Kerala. Here is a list of the famous temples in and around Thrissur district of Kerala, India.

Arattupuzha Temple

Located around 14 km from Thrissur, this temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. It is a thousand years old temple, famous for its annual festival - Arattupuzha Pooram. Held in March - April, this is the oldest and the most spectacular of the Pooram festivals of Kerala. About forty one neighboring temples participate in this colorful festival. The highlight of the festival is the ceremonial procession of deities from these neighboring temples on caparisoned elephants. The temple is opened from 05:00 to 09:30 AM and 05:00 to 07:00 PM.

Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple

Guruvayur, one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centers of Kerala, is situated about 33 km north of Thrissur. It is believed to be the creation of Guru and Vayu. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple is a square 'Sreekovil', which houses the main deity. The sanctum opens at 03:00 am and closes at 13:00. The Darshanam at 0300 is considered auspicious. The main festival (Utsavam) is held during Feb/ March. The other festivals celebrated here are Vishukkani (April), Ashtami Rohini (August/September) and Ekadasi (November/December).

Mammiyur Shiva Temple

Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, devoted to Lord Shiva, lies near Guruvayoor Temple. Beautiful paintings on the walls and the exquisite sculptures draw tourists. As a custom, every devotee who goes to Guruvayoor visits the Mammiyoor Temple also.

Thriprayar Temple

Tripayar lies about 22 km from Thrissur. It is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Rama. Beautiful wood carvings, sculptures and ancient murals adorn the temple. The main festival celebrated here is Thriprayar Ekadasi for three days in the Malayalam month of Vrichikam (November to December). Temple Timings are from 4.30 AM to 12.30 PM and 4.30 PM to 8 PM.

Koodalmanikyam Temple

Dedicated to Lord Bharatha, brother of Lord Rama, the temple is located at Irinjalakuda, about 23km south west of Thrissur and 10 km from Irinjalakuda railway station. This is the only temple in India, dedicated to Lord Bharata. An architectural wonder, the temple is known for its remarkable gateways, 'Koothambalam', murals on the 'Chuttambalam' (outer enclosure) and a round shaped Sanctum Sactorum. Another important feature of Koodalmanikyam temple is that it has a deity 'Dhanwanthara Moorthy', famous for curing fatal diseases. The offering of 'brinjal nivedyam' that is believed to be very effective to cure stomachache is a distinctive feature of the temple. Thriputhari (the day of feasting) on the Thiruvonam day, which is observed in the month of Thulam (October-November), is an important occasion here. The annual festival is celebrated for eleven days in April-may. The temple is opened from 3.00 am to 11.30 am and 5.00 pm to 8.15 pm.

Nalambalam Yathra - A unique four temple pilgrimage conducted during the Malayalam month of Karkidakam (August) called 'Nalambalam Pilgrimage' involves visiting the four temples, dedicated to Rama (Sreerama Temple at Triprayar), Bharata (Koodalmanickam temple), Lakshmana (Lakshmana temple at Moozhikkulam, Ernakulam District) and Sathrukhna (Payammel temple near Irinjalakuda).

Ammathiruvadi Temple

Ammathiruvadi Temple is one of the 108 Durga temples in Kerala situated near Thrissur. The presiding deity is ‘Sreevalayadheeswary’, commonly known as ‘Ammathiruvadi’, a form of Goddess Durga. Urakam Ammathiruvadi Temple is an architectural marvel with its majestic ‘Rajagopuram’ (main building with a pagoda), compound walls, ‘ootupura’ (feeding hall), ‘nalambalam’ (inner enclosure of the temple where the sanctum is) and the double storey sanctum sanctorum.

Urakam Pooram - The annual festival of the temple is known as ‘Urakam pooram’ or ‘Makayiram Purappad’, which falls on the Malayalam month of ‘Meenam’ (March-April) on the ‘Makayiram’ day. According to legend, this festival is the journey of Ammathiruvadi for the Arattupuzha festival. Navaratri Festival is also celebrated here. The temple is open for the pilgrims from 4.30 AM to 9.30 AM and from 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM.