Koodalmanikyam Temple

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Overview

Koodalmanikyam Temple Situated about 20 km from Thrissur town. Located at Irinjalakuda, Trissur district. Koodalmanikyam temple, dedicated to Lord Bharatha, the brother of Lord Rama in the epic Ramayana. It is perhaps the only temple in India with Bharatha as the presiding deity.
 
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.
 
It is believed that thousands of years ago the entire area now known, as Irinjalakuda was a dense forest a number of Rishis under Kulipini Maharshi were engaged in an incessant Yagna offering severe penance to please Maha Vishnu. Ultimately pleased at the intensity and sincerity of their devotion, the Lord appeared before them and offered to satisfy their wish. All they wanted was his eternal presence at the place. The Lord readily agreed.The Rishis now prayed to Deva Ganga to bless the sacred Yagabhoomi with her presence. As the springs of River Ganga fountained up and inundated the area the Rishis immersed themselves in the sacred waters and became one with the Lord.
 
The architecture of this temple is a perfect example of Kerala Vasthuvidya. Koodalmanikya Temple is a maha kshethra with golden dwaja and pancha prakaras including Gopuram and compound wall, Anakkottil in east and west entrances, koothambalam, Vilakkumadam, Nalambalam/Valiyambalam, Namaskara mandapam and sreekovil. The eastern gopuram, anakkottil, koothambalam, sreekovil and namaskaramandapam are embedded with beautiful sculptures. The copper covered Sreekovil and namaskaramandapm with golden thazhikakkudams and the golden flag staff indicates the glory of this temple. There is no balikkalppura in this temple.
 
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.Priests are allowed to take part in the ceremonies after clensing themselves at the "Kuttan Kulam" outside the temple and then have to take a dip in "Kulipini Theertham" before entering Sanctum Sanctorum. The pond outside the compound located at the western side is called "Padinjare Kulam" and the pond outside the compound located at the southern side is called "Thekke Kulam". These three water bodies constitute a significant area as much as the size of the temple itself. Except "Kulipini Theertham" the other three water bodies are open to the public.
 
Temple Timing,
 
All days of the week : 3:00 AM - 11:30 AM, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
 
How to Reach,
 
Nearest railway station: Irinjalakuda is about 10 km and Thrissur, 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, Trissur district, Kerala - 680121.
Contact Info
Phone: 0480-2826631
Mobile :
Fax :
Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Koodalmanikyam Temple Rd, Irinjalakuda.
Nearest Railway Station
Thrisur (TCR)
Nearest Airport
Cochin International Airport
IN
latitude : 10.152000430 longitude :76.401901250
Corporation : Cochin
GPS Code : VOCI
Open Year
15th century
Architect
Traditional Kerala style
Visiting Hours
All days of the week : 3:00 AM - 11:30 AM, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

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