Vadakkumnathan is the name which has been given to Lord Shiva in the city of Thrissur, Kerala, India. The Vadakkunnathan temple is the first temple which was created by Lord Parasurama. It is located in the heart of Thrissur, which is known as the cultural capital of Kerala. The temple is enclosed by colossal walls of stone under an area of around eight acres. The four directions, East, West, North and South in the temple have been indicated by four Gopurams inside the temple premises. In the centre of the temple there is multi shrined complex, besides the four Gopurams. The three key shrines of the temple have been dedicated to the Vadakkunatham or Lord Shiva, Lord Rama and Shankaranarayana. Lord Shiva who in the hunter form called as the Vettakkaran or Vettekkaran, besides other places is also worshipped in the Nalambalam area.
The Vadakkumnathan Temple is among the oldest and most pristine structures in God’s Own Country. It was allegedly built by Lord Parasurama who, according to legends, reclaimed Kerala from the sea. The traditional Kerala style of architecture, carvings and murals depicting scenes from the famous epic Mahabharata, along with many other ancient art relics, make it a must visit site for historians and archaeologists alike.
Step in and you are immediately made aware of the rich tradition of the temple, carefully preserved in its walls to this very day. The temple is also the venue for the annual pooram festival, Thrissur Pooram, in April-May is popular for its cultural value, caparisoned elephants and magnificent fireworks display.
The temple also has a Koothambalam, the traditional temple theatre of Kerala.
Read more about the architecture marvel of Vadakkumnathan Temple
Temple Timings for Visit : 04:00 – 10:30 and 05:00 – 08:30
Nearest railway station: Thrissur Railway Station, about 1.5 km away from the temple
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 47 km away from the temple
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