Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple – Famous Lord Vishnu temple in Tripunithura, Kochi / Cochin in Kerala – Visit, Travel Guide
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Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple is one of Kerala’s most esteemed temples located in Tripunithura, Kochi, the capital. The temple is considered one of Kerala ‘s greatest temples and was the first of eight royal temples of the Kochi Kingdom.
The main deity of the temple is Lord Maha Vishnu, worshiped in the form of Santhanagopala Murthy, The idol of the Lord Maha Vishnu is enshrined in a sitting position under the shadow of five ‘Ananthan (Aadhiseshan)’ hoods. Santhanagopalamoorthy means “Savior of Infants”. It strongly believed the childless couples visiting this temple will be blessed with kids.
The new structure of the temple was redesigned in the year 1921 by the great architect Sri Eachara Warrier.
History of Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple:
It is believed that Sree Poornathrayeesa idol was presented to Arjuna by Lord Vishnu, who sought Lord Vishnu temple on behalf of a brahmin to give rebirth to the brahmin’s ten children. Arjuna took the reborn ten children and the holy Sree Poornathrayeesa ( blessed by Lord Vishnu) in his chariot and handed over the children to brahmin. To represent the event, the temple was built in the form of a chariot. Initially, the idol was kept in a palace, half a kilometer west to the main temple and which is popularly known as ‘Poonithura Kottaram’.
The Moolasthanam (main deity’s Garbhagriha / Sanctum) is situated in Temple Poonithura Sree Krishna, 1.5 km west of Temple Sree Poornathrayeesha. The ruled emperor moved the god idol from that location to the current location. Lord Ganesha is also workshipped at this temple.
Gingelly oil (Sesame oil) is used by pilgrims or tourists to light the lamp in the temple followed by Arjuna lit this lamp by using Gingelly oil.
Festivals at Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple:
Vrischika Utsavam is the main festival in the temple of Sree Poornathrayeesa. The festival is named after Malayalam month of Vrishchikam – between November to December the festival takes place. “Vrishchika Utsavam” is one of the main festival at this temple, its also one of the biggest temple festivals celebrated all over the world.
Vrischikolsavam festival starts at the end of November and celebrated continuously from the following eight days. The main highlighting of this festival is the royal procession of 15 elephants.
Lord Poornathrayeesa is believed to be fond of elephants, who are present on top of 15 elephants during the Vrischikolsavam grant procession is the main thing of the festival.
The fourth day, known as the thrikketta purappadu, is believed Vilwamangalam Swamiyar – a great saint from our history made his visit on this day.
Another attraction of the festival is the “pancharimelam,” which is a traditional temple art formed with famous instruments like Chenda, Kombu and Elathalam.
Visiting this temple, while Krishna playing with elephants is believed to bring good luck to the people. People from different places of the country visit this temple at this time.
Travel Tips for Manakula Vinayagar Temple:
Address : Poornathrayeesa temple, Kottakakom, Thrippunithura, Ernakulam, Kerala 682301.
Visiting Time: All Days – 4.30 AM to 8.30 PM
Entry Fee : Free
How to reach Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple:
On Flight: The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport ( COK).
By Train: Nearest Railway Station is Ernakulam Junction ( Station code: ERS ). The temple is at 8 KM from the station and can be reached in and around 20 Minutes.
On Road: Located at 10 KM of Ernakulam District and is easily accessible by road, as the temple location is well connected to other towns of Kerala and so the temple is very easily accessible by road.
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