Vadakkunnatha Temple




Vadakkunnatha Temple is situated at the heart of Thrissur city.This is the first Shiva temple created by Lord Parasurama
Thrissur was also known as Vrishabhadripuram, Vrishachala and Thenkailasam or Dakshina Kailasam(Kailasa of the south) in ancient days.
 Vadakkkunnathan Temple is one of the largest temples in Kerala that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is a classic example of the Kerala style of architecture with beautiful murals of the seventeenth century delineating graphically the story of Mahabharata.The monumental towers on all four sides and also a kuttambalam. Mural paintings depicting various episodes from Mahabharata can be seen inside the temple. The shrines and the Kuttambalam display vignettes carved in wood. 
Vadakkunnathan temple is surrounded by a massive stone wall enclosing an area of nearly 8-9 acres. The four magnificent gateways called gopurams and the lofty masonry wall around the temple quadrangle are also imposing pieces of craftsmanship and skill. Inside this fortification there are four gopurams indicating the four directions - North, South, East and West. Apart from these four gopurams there is a multi-shrined complex in the center with three principal shrines dedicated to Shiva or Vadakkunnathan, Shankaranarayana and Rama.Mukhamandapams in front of all the three central shrines.
The idol of Shiva, which is not visible, is covered under a mount of ghee, formed by the daily abhisheka (ablution) with ghee over the years. After abhisheka a portion of the ghee is returned to the devotees and they take it home as the ghee has miraculous powers to cure all diseases. 
Festivals,Maha Shivaratri is the main festival which is celebrated in the temple.  Around one lakh temple lamps are lighted in the festival.Thrissur Pooram Festival celebrated annually in April-May. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple.
Temple timings;
The temple opens daily at 03:00 AM, closes at 10:30 AM, reopens at 05:00 PM and closes at 8.30 PM after 'Trippuka', the last rite of the day.
How To reach,
By Road – There are 3 main bus stations in Thrissur – the Central Bus Station, Sakthan Thampuran Bus Station and North Bus Station. Thrissur Central Bus Station is operated by Kerala State Road Transport Corporation . Buses services to Palakkad, Malappuram , Kozhikode, Kannur, and Kasargod are available here . Chennai, Salem, Coimbatore and
Bangalore buses are also available from Thrissur bus station.
By Railways – Thrissur Railway Station is the nearest railways station to the temple . Thrissur is well connected by trains to all major stations in India.
By Airways – Nedumbassery International Airport at Kochi about 55 km from here .Cochin Airport is connected to all the major cities of India and have regular flights from here.


Vadakkunnatha Temple, Near Thekkinkadu Maidan, Kuruppam, Anchuvilakku, Thrissur Dist, Kerala - 680022.
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Anchuvilakku, Thrissur.
Nearest Railway Station
Thrisur (TCR)
Nearest Airport
Cochin International Airport
latitude : 10.152000430 longitude :76.401901250
Corporation : Cochin
Open Year
1,300 years old
9 acres
Kerala style
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Visiting Hours
All days of the week : 4:00 AM - 10:00 AM 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM.

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