Koodalmanikyam Temple

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Overview

Koodalmanikyam Temple which is situated in Irinjalakuda, Trissur district, There are four ponds that are located in and around the temple. The largest of the four are Kuttan Kulam, located outside the compound on the eastern side, and Kulipini Theertham, located inside the compound. Kulipini Theertham is believed to be sanctified by the sage Kulipini Maharshi, who held a great ritual sacrifice, a yajna, at the spot. Water from this source is used for rituals and ceremonies within the temple.
 
Koodalmanikyam Temple is the only temple in India dedicated to the worship of Bharata, the third brother of Rama. Today, the presiding deity of Koodalmanikyam Temple near Irinjalakuda is Bharata, the brother of Ram. The temple is one of four in Kerala state that form a set called "Nalambalam" each temple dedicated to one of the four brothers in Ramayana: Rama, Bharata, Lakshmana and Shatrughna.
 
Irinjalakkuda in former days is believed to have the confluence of two rivers, the place name Iruchalkkidai suggests such a conjecture. The Lord at the confluence is thus known as Sangameswara. Though the two rivers (Kurumali river and Chalakudy river) have changed course and Irinjalakuda is no longer on any river bank, Arattu is held alternatively in these two rivers suggesting a previous connection with these rivers.
 
 
The earliest historical reference to Koodalmanikyam Temple is found on a stone inscription attributed to the Chera king Stanu Ravi Varman dated 854 A.D, donating vast extents of land for the temple. It is, therefore, reasonable to assume that the temple must have been in existence for quite some time before this date and that even then Koodalmanikyam occupied a place of importance among temples of Kerala.
 
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. Koothambalam stage had the rare fortune to witness historic stage shows by the masteros of AmmannoorChakyar family.   Unnai Warrier, the author of Nalacharitam was a native of Irinjalakuda and an ardent devotee of Sangamewara.   He has also composed a Sanskrit poem – Sree Rama Pancha Sathi that is an abridged version of Ramayana in fifty dasakas dedicated to Lord Sangameswara. 
 
The Temple had also been an important centre of nourishment of the Temple Arts like Kathakali, Koothu, Koodiyattom and Thullal. Koothambalam stage had the rare fortune to witness historic stage shows by the masteros of Ammannoor Chakyar family.
 
The temple timings are from 3.00 am to 11.30 am and 5.00 pm to 8.15 pm
 
Location 
 
Koodalmanikyam Temple is situated at Irinjalakuda in Thrissur District. Irinjalakuda is 18 Km west of Chalakudy in NH 47 and 9 Km East of Moonnupeedika in NH 17. It is 23 Km south of Thrissur and 16 Km north of Kodungallur.A straight stretch of 150 meters from Irinjalakuda Municipal Bus Station takes you to the Temple.
 
How to Reach,
 
Nearest railway station: Irinjalakuda is about 10 km and Thrissur (Major Station of southern Railway) is about 22 km are the nearest railway stations.
 
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airpor is about 37 km via Salem Kanyakumari Hwy.
 
 
 
 

Location

Country
India
State
Kerala
City
Thrissur
Location
Irinjalakuda
Address
Koodalmanikyam Temple, Koodalmanikyam Temple Rd, Irinjalakuda, Thrissur District, Kerala - 680121.
Contact Info
Phone: 0480-2826631
Mobile :
Fax :
Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Koodalmanikyam Temple Rd, Irinjalakuda.
Nearest Railway Station
Irinjalakuda (IJK)
Nearest Airport
Cochin International Airport
IN
latitude : 10.152000430 longitude :76.401901250
Corporation : Cochin
GPS Code : VOCI
Open Year
15th century
Dedicated To
Bharata
Visiting Hours
3.00 am to 11.30 am and 5.00 pm to 8.15 pm.

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