Amritapuri is the main Ashram of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, the internationally known spiritual guru. The residence and headquarters of Mata Amritanandamayi is known as Amritapuri. It is also the International Headquarters of Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Amritapuri is situated at Vallikavu in Karunagappally. Amritapuri is one of the campuses in Kerala of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University.
Thousands of devotees came here to seek her for spiritual guidance and consolation. Amritapuri has become one of the international pilgrimage centre of Kerala. Amma’s darshan normally begins at 10.00 am on Sundays and Thursdays, and at noon on other weekdays, barring Mondays and Tuesdays. A typical day at the Amritapuri Ashram begins around 5:00 a.m. The echo of Vedic chants and Amma’s Ashtothram (108 names of Amma) greets everyone in the morning.
Singing of devotional songs and bhajans are followed throughout the day. Once it was a tiny ashram, Amritapuri has now progressed into a sanctuary of sorts for thousands of followers.
Devotees can avail the facilities like bookstall, Ayurvedic products counter, general store, cloakroom service, canteen etc. Accommodation is also available here. Those who are staying at Amritapuri Ashram should maintain the ashram premises properly. Devotees staying or visiting at Ashram,themselves,clean and cook and taking care the activities of ashram.Those staying at ashram should indulge in at least two hours of service.
Amritapuri Ashram is easily accessible by road and rail. Ashram is located in Kollam district which is about 110 km north of Thiruvananthapuram and 120 km south of Cochin
Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Amritapuri.P.O, Kollam, Kerala, India, 690546.
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Oachira Temple is one of the ancient temple in Kerala and situated on the borders of Kollam and Alappuzha districts. Oachira temple has neither a structure to house nor an idol to worship. Oachira is dedicated to the formless, infinite Para Brahmam, the Absolute and Supreme Principle. The annual festival ‘Ochirakali’ and ‘Panthrandu Vilakku’ is held during the first and second of the Malayalam month ‘Mithunam’. Ochirakali commemorates the historic battle between the Chempakasseri and Kayamkulam Rajas. During the festival, men dress up as warriors and enact mock wars wielding wooden sticks, brandishing swords and shields, enacting a kind of martial dance, standing knee deep in water. Two days of this ritual is followed by few days of brisk trading in cattle and agricultural produce, an old tradition now being revived.
The Oachira Temple is peculiar in the terms of 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. Millions of pilgrims visit Oachira temple for worshiping especially in the month of July and October.
There are many beliefs exist about the origin of the name of Oachira . The prominent belief is that the place Oachira has its name from Uvachanchira as Uvachan means Lord Shiva. The town of Oachira is located at a distance of 32 km north of Kollam.
Achankovil Temple is in the Kollam district and is in Kerala border. In front of the temple we can see Achancovil river. Achankovil is an important Hindu pilgrim centre and the famous Sastha temple here is situated amidst thick forest. It is very much important among the sastha temples in Kerala. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Ayyappa. It is said that the installation of the idol of Sastha have been installed several centuries before the Christian Era by Lord Parasurama himself. Achencovil temple is almost above 950 meters height from the sea level. The festivals and rituals held here have strong Tamil roots. The left hand of the idol always holds ‘Chandan’ (sandalwood paste) and Thirtha (holy water). The Chandan and Thirtha are considered to have medicinal value to cure snake bites.
Here Lord Ayyappa is in the form of “Grihasthasrami”. Lord is sitting along with his two wives ‘Poorna’ and ‘Pushkkala’. The temple is surrounded by a big wall, it is meant to prevent wild animals entering inside the temple.
The main festivals of this temple are ‘Mandala Pooja’ held during the month of December – January and ‘Revathi’ festival during January – February. The Therotam (chariot festival) and the Pushpabhishekam are the two special features of this festival.
The Manalar Waterfalls and the Kumbhavurutty Waterfalls are along the way to this temple.
How To Reach Temple
There are mainly two roadways to reach the temple.
Punalur – Kumaramkudy – Mullumala route – this road is in bad condition
Punalur – Aryankavu – Chenkottai – Mekkara route – journey through thick forest as well as to cover around 23 hair pin bends.
Attukal Pongala is a ritual celebrated in Attukal Bhagavathy Temple every year. The Pongala Mahotsavam is the most important festival of the Temple. It is 10 days long festival comes to an end with special sacrificial offering namely Kuruthitharpanam at night. On the nineth day of festival, a large no of women from all religions, from within India and abroad gather in and around the temple premises to offer the Pongala which is cooked by themselves. Pongala is made by rice boiled with jaggery, coconut gratings, ghee with other ingredients in open in small earthen pots. On Pongala day, women are only allowed to enter the temple premises. Attukal Pongala is noted for the largest annual gathering of women in a single place on a single day in the world who come here to dedicate the sweet Pongala thus to please goddess. It is also known as Sabarimala of women.
Pongala Mahotsavam, 10 day programme, will start on March 1, Thursday and end on 10:30 AM on March 11. Preparations for the Pongala is going on faster pace in the Attukal temple. This year’s Attukal Pongala offering would be on February 19th ,2011.
Pongala 2018 ritual steps
Muhurtam to light up the fire is by 10.30hrs – afterwards women has to start ritual of cooking Pongala
Pongala offering to goddess by 14.30 hrs -The chief priest (Melsanthi ) will bless the Pongala by holy water (theertam) and flowers ,then it will become Prasadam. After that women can take back the sacred Pongala pots to their home. Attukal Pongala day is a public holiday for Trivandrum.
Last year more than 30 lakhs women participated in the Attukal Pongala festival. Attukal Bhagavathy Temple Trust and Government will make all arrangements and securities for the success of Attukkal Pongala.
- Temple is 2 km away from Central Railway Station, Trivandrum
- 11 km away from Trivandrum International Airport
Attukal Bhagavathy Temple
Attukal Bhagavathy Temple Trust
P.B.No. 5805. Manacaud P.O., Thiruvananthapuram – 695 009, Kerala, South India
SreePadmanabha Swamy Temple, is considered as an important landmark of Trivandrum city. It is also one of the seven Parasurama temples in Kerala. Main deity is Lord Vishnu in the Anananthasayanam posture. The city derived its name from the deity. Divine Padmanabha Swamy Temple is the one of the oldest one in Kerala and it is famous for its architecture. Any visitor is sure to be stunned by the exquisite workmanship and architectural elegance of this historic creation. The temple was renovated to the present state of grandeur by the King of Travancore, Maharaja Sri Anizham Tirunal Marthanda Varma in the eighteenth century. The Travancore kingdom was surrendered to Lord Padmanabha and the rulers became “Padmanabha daasas” means servant of Lord Padmanabha, Continued patronage of the royal family has made it possible for this structure to preserve its glory and dignity. Many customs inside the temple resembles to royal rites and traditions! Devotees are not allowed to enter into the inner sanctum when Travancore Royal family visit the temple for idol darshan.
For taking part in darshan and puja, devotees have to climb on a stone slab. Different parts of Vishnu’s idol – the face, the navel and the feet—can be seen from three different door like openings.
Famous festivals of the temple are Alpashi festival and Painkuny festival,both are being celebrated for 10 days.These festivals conclude with Aarat procession in the evening to Shanmugham beach and Travancore King accompanies the procession by foot.
The famous Swathi music festival is held every year during Navaratri festival in the temple. Laksha deepam, a unique festival,once in 6 yrs, celebrates in the temple by lighting up one lakh oil lamps in and around the temple premises. The next laksha deepam will be on January 2020.
Everybody should agree that travelling is an excellent way to refresh your mind and soul. In fact, this activity gives unique experience that nothing else can replace. Many people prefer sacred journeys for getting spiritual benefits. You will be able to enrich your mind and body through a sacred journey. India is such a country that blessed with a lot of temples and holy sites. Rayiranellur in Kerala is one such popular pilgrim center located at Pattambi where thousands of devotees visit to worship the Devi in the Naduvattom temple.
Travelling to Rayiranellur can be a mind-blowing experience because of the beautiful sights on the way. You will definitely love to watch the rich green fields during your trip to this majestic place. A lot of people visit the Naduvattom Devi temple on the first day of ‘Thulam’, one of the Malayalam months. This is the Durga temple where the famous ‘Narayanath Branthan have got blessings. People visit this temple on the first day of Thulam to worship the deity with the belief that Goddess Durga would bless them as well.
In the Malayalam folklore, Naranathu Bhranthan is a popular character with divine powers. He was the son of a famous astrologer in the court of King Vikramaditya named Vararuchi. It was the habit of Naranathu Bhranthan to rolling a large stone up a hill to let it fall down back. Rayiranellur is the charming place where he lived. Once you visit this enchanting tourist destination, you can see a large statue of Naranathu Bhranthan. Many people professed him as mad because of this unusual activities and eccentric behavior. It is believed that he had the vision of Goddess Durga at Rayiranellur Mountain.
Rayiranellur is a good choice for people who search for an outstanding destination that enrich both their soul and eyes. You will be able to go back with a refreshed mind and soul if you visit this scenic holy site in the Palakkad district in Kerala. Each visitor to this destination will truly fall in love with its scenic nature. No doubt, you will get benefited spiritually also by taking a trip to the enchanting destination of Rayiranellur.
Never forget to pay a visit to the Branthachalam Temple during your trip to Rayiranellur Hills which is about 2 kilometers from it. Sprawls more than 3 acres of scenic land, the huge rock at this place has more than 40 feet height. You can see 63 steps carved on it once you reached this large rock. From Palakkad, you need to cover around 55 kilometers to reach Rayiranellur. You can take a bus that goes to Valancheri through Koppam route and alight at the Rayiranellur bus stop to reach this majestic tourist spot. Plan a trip to Rayiranellur to refresh your mind and soul.
Located in the Alappuzha district in Kerala, Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple is a well known temple famous for its annual Kumbha Bharani festival. The festival in this temple is very popular and an eye-catching visual cultural display as the Thrissur Pooram. The Kettukazhcha festival of the temple draws a large number of devotees which held in Kumbham, the Malayalam month that usually falls in the English months of February or March.
Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple is almost 1200 years old which is under the managementof the Travancore Devaswom Board. Goddess Bhagavati is the deity in this temple. A rare large oil lamp known as ‘Kuthu vVilakku’ is a special feature of this South Indian temple which can light more than 1000 wicks at a time.
The most important feature of Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi temple is that the deity here worshipped in 3 different forms. In the morning, the deity in the temple is Saraswati while it worshipped in the afternoon as Lakshmi Devi. In the evening, the deity in the temple is Bhadrakali Devi. In addition to the main deity, there are several upadevethas or sub deities in this temple such as Ganapathi, Yakshini, Naga Yakshi and Nagarajav.
Kumbha Bharani is the major festival in this temple which is held on the Bharani star of Kumbham, the Malayalam month which usually falls either in the month of February or March. Kuthiyottam and Kettukazhcha are the main attractions of this festival. Kuthiyottam is a procession which begins early morning while Kettukazhcha is performed in the evening.
‘Ethirelpu Ulsavam’ is the annual festival of the temple that lasts for 13 days. This annual festival begins 10 days after the main Kumbha Bharani. Aswathy Ulsavam is also a popular festival of this temple and a large crowd visits the temple to enjoy the festival. This festival of Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi temple held in the Malayalam month of Meenam.
Worshippers used to offer grains to goddess and which are later used for preparing prasadams and appms. There will be ‘Bharani Chanda’ in the area which is a part of the mind-blowing annual Kumbha Bharani festival where people can buy so many household items and other things.
A lot of people from different parts of the state visit Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple to worship and get the spontaneous blessings of the Bhagavathy. Kayamkulam and Mavelikkara are the nearest railway stations to reach this temple and both of them are almost 6 kilometers away. The nearest Cochin International Airport is approximately 85 kilometers from Alappuzha to reach this temple.
Vazhaalikkaavu Bhagavathi Kshetram is a very old temple situated in Painkulam Village, Panjal Panchayat of Trichur District. Thrissur is the cultural capital of God’s own country for many reasons. The prime reason being its vast cultural heritage, colourful fairs and many festivals. Vazhalipadam is a notable rural destination situated on the southern bank of the historical and heritage river Bharathapuzha famed as Nila.
History of Vazhalikavu
Kavu meaning sacred grove in Malayalam is a tiny temple commonly seen in village. Vazhalikavu is a grove dedicated to goddess Vazhalikkavilamma this land her abode. Even the goddess is said to have chosen this destination because of its calm environment, abundant natural beauty and presence of the perennial river Nila.
The story about Novormbamma and her acquring the status of daughter of the main deity is quite fascinating. During one of the devastating floods (the latest being the one in Kollavarsham 1092) Vazhalikkavilamma is said to have heard a cry of a baby. Amma jumped into the swollen river and saved the floating child from river Nila. The rescued divine child was Kurumba, occupying the right of the grove. To erase memories of the devastating Bharatapuzha, she made the new found daughter face the west-looking at the panoramic paddy fields, plantations and hills). This new Kurumba, came tobe known as Nava Kurumba Amma or Navormbamma.
Both deities are worshiped in the form of Kaali and thus unlike other Bhadrakali temples this temple has two Velichappads, Chuttambalam and Kodimaram.
The uniqueness of this grove is that unlike other Bhagavathi temples, amma sits facing the north, prefers free air and light and does not like a roof over her. Hence the middle portion of the main sanctum sanctorum occupied by the goddess is like nadumuttam of a Nalukettu without any roof above. Even the main door of Sreekovil has grills to allow free air and flow of air and natural light to the deity.
Vazhalikavu Vela Festival
Vazhalikavu Vela, the most important festival of this grove, is celebrated during the Malayalam month of ‘Kumbham’ on the ‘Aswathy’ day for seven days. The festival is a celebration of the birthday of the goddess and the event is celebrated by all villagers irrespective of religion, caste and race. Both deities share equal importance as far as vela festivities are concerned. The decorated elephants add charm to the festival. The Kavadiyattam, Ezhunallippu, Panchavadhyam, Pandimelam, Chendamelam and fireworks held during the late night and early mornings are fabulous and colourful.
The day to day activities of the grove are administered by the trustees of Vazhalikavu Devaswam Board.
Vazhalikkavu Devaswam Contact Details
President, Vazhalikkavu Devaswam, Painkulam P.O, Cheruthuruthy, Thrissur District, Kerala – 679531.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
The evergreen location of Vazhalikavu is covered on one side by forests and hills, and the other side by Bharathapuzha and paddy fields, which is a good location for pilgrims and tourists to unwind. The grove and its surrounding locales have already been featured in many Mollywood hot movies, including the Mammooty starrer Pokkiriraja.
During any time of the year, one can eaily access Vazhalikkavu by train from Mannanur railway station and the cross the river on foot for a distance of hardly one km due to low level of water in Nila. Temple is well connected by road from Sharanur, Cheruthuruthy and Ottapalam.
A visit to this grove enables one to see and experience how nature and cultural heritage are linked together.
Mannanam is a pilgrim spot near Kottayam famous for the blessed father Kuriakose Elias Chavara, an educator and social reformer. A lot of people visit the church to seek blessings from the blessed Father Chavara. In addition to its association with Father Chavara, Mannanam is also the base of the first seminary of the Malabar Church.
There are many sacred temples, churches and mosques in Kerala in addition to its striking tourist attractions. Some churches and temples in the state have been blessed with remarkable fame and devotees have visited these sacred places with blind faith. Mannanam is such a sacred place and travellers who come to Kerala for holidays love to pay a visit to Mannanam.
As mentioned above, Mannanam is the headquarters of the first seminary of the Malabar Church which established in 1833. Besides, Mannanam is also famous as the first Sanskrit Catholic School that came into being in 1846. CMS Press, the first private printing press in the state also started in this place in 1846 by Rev. Benjamin Bailey.
Another reason for the popularity for Mannanam is that the first Malayalam daily newspaper, Deepika started from here. With so many striking features, Mannanam is among the most popular places in the state. If you are interested to know the rich church history of Kerala, it is worth visiting Mannanam. The Chavara Art Museum of this sacred place maintains a tremendous repertory of the Kerala churches.
You can take a boat cruise from Kochi if you would like to visit Mannanam. Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to this tourist spot which is nearly 83 kilometers away. The nearest Kottayam railway station is approximately 11 kilometers from Mannanam. With so many transport facilities, it will not be a problem for the travelers to reach Mannanam to visit the Chavara Church and offer prayers to the Blessed Father Chavara.
Even though there are plenty of buses and other vehicle service available, many tourists to Kerala prefer to take houseboat cruise to reach Mannanam. It provides them an excellent chance to enjoy the natural beauty of the state. Besides, they can fulfill the dream of enjoying backwater cruises while choosing this option to reach Mannanam.
The District Tourism Promotion Council, Kottayam offers awe-inspiring boat journey for their visitors to make their visit to Mannanam memorable. It will be exciting for you to take a boat trip through the Pennar Canal to the mind-blowing backwater districts of Ernakulam and Alappuzha. If you would like to spend a day at Mannanam, you can use the accommodation facilities at the DTPC Tourist Home.
Edathua Perunnal is one of the famous festivals in Kerala that is celebrated annually in the Edathua St. George Church in the Alappuzha district of Kerala, South India. In 2015, it is celebrated from 27th April to 7th May. Pilgrims from across Kerala flock into the Edathua church to celebrate the Edathua Perunnal.
Edathua church is a majestic shrine that is situated on the banks of the Pamba River. The architectural style of the church resembles the churches of the medieval Europe. The church is dedicated to St. George and it was established in 1810. St. George is also called as Gee Varghese Punyavalan by the Syrian Christians.
Edathua Perunnal is one among the local festivals in Kerala that is held during the months of summer. During the feast the Idol of St. George that is embellished in gold is carried out in procession and placed in the centre of the dais in the Basilica.
The feast of the St. George is celebrated in all its splendor at Edathua. Edathua Perunnal is a visual treat for the people of Kerala who comes in large numbers to experience the magnificence of the feast. During the feast the grounds of the church are flooded by vendors and stalls, who sell all kinds of items under the sun right from food to toys and from utensils to jewellery. Cultural performances of renowned artists are arranged every evening of the festival.
Edathua Perunnal is a real crowd puller feast that is celebrated in the state of Kerala. Dazzling firework displays attract every fire work lover of Kerala. Firework display is held on the initial day and concluding day of the festival. Processions are also organized on every day of the Edathua Perunnal.
Devotes celebrate the Edathua Perunnal with much ardor and passion. People from far way places even stay in nearby houses during the entire week of festivities. It is an occasion for family get together for the people of Edathua.
How to reach Edathua Church
The nearest railway station is Alappuzha railway station. It is at a distance of about 24km from the Edathua.
The nearest Airport is Cochin International Airport. It is at a distance of 85 km from Alappuzha.