Thursday, January 9, 2020

Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple

Location: Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple, Tripunithura, Ernakulam

Sree Poornathrayeesa temple( 'Poorna' means fullness, 'thraya' means three, and 'isa' means Ishwara or lord. 'Poornathrayeesa' refers to the Lord of the Three Vedas) is one of the notable temples in Kerala which is known for its yearly festivals or ‘ultsavam’. The temple is situated in Tripunithura, the capital of the erstwhile Cochin kingdom. Here “Santhana Gopala Moorthy”, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu is worshipped which literally means the saviour of infants. During November and December(Vrishchikam-Malayalam month), Vrishchikolsavam, the biggest temple festival in the world is held here. Since the main deity is believed to have been very fond of elephants, more than 40 elephants participate during this festival. The roof of the way leading to the sanctum Sanctorum is laden with beautiful pictures which depict the temple’s mythology. As per the temple's mythology, Arjuna from the Mahabharatha was given the idol of Sree Poornathrayeesa when he needed Lord Vishnu’s help for giving resurrection to ten children of a Brahmin. It is considered that Arjuna himself consecrated the idol in this temple to honour the event and the Lord. It is considered that a couple without children will be blessed with children by the ‘saviour of infants’ Santhana Gopala Moorthy. There is an ever-burning lamp or ‘kedavilakku’ which is the believed to be the primary lamp that was lit by Arjuna using gingelly oil which he himself extracted from its seeds. Henceforth, the deity is offered gingelly oil which is considered to be the most powerful offering or ‘vazhipadu’ to the deity. 

The temple is open on all days of the week from 5 am-11 am and from 6 pm-8:30 pm


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