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Sri Raja Rajeshwari Temple, Chottanikkara



The temple is located in Chottanikkara via Thrippunithura, 15km from Kochi. The presiding deity here is Durga Bhagavathy also known by various names such as Bhadrakali, Saraswati, Amman etc. The goddess is worshipped here in her three forms, one after another- as Saraswathy in the morning, Bhadrakali in the noon and Durga in the evening. There is also one more temple as a part of the complex where the deity is Bhadrakali Devi. The major festival 'Makam Thozhal' falls during Feb-March every year for a period of 9 days. This temple is famous for the healing powers, especially relating to mental illness and disorders.


Sree Poornathreyesa Temple


Located at Tripunithura,10 km from Kochi city, this temple formerly belonged to the Cochin Royalty. The deity here is Maha Vishnu and the temple is one among the three Vishnu temples in Kerala. This is the only place in South India where one can see an odd pose of Lord Vishnu, known as 'Poornathrayeesa' sitting under the shade of five royal hoods of the divine serpent, Ananthan, whose folded body itself acts as the throne for the God. Arjuna, the great archer and warrier, one of the Pancha Pandavas is believed to have established this temple. The eight day long annual festival of this temple is held during Nov-Dec, while the other cultural festival 'Attachamayam' is celebrated during harvest festival of Onam.


Mookambika Temple



Saraswathy temple, also known as the Mookambika Temple is situated in North Paruvur a small town in Kerala. It is one of the rare temples dedicated to Goddess Saraswathy (the Goddess for arts and learning) in Kerala. The 'srikovil' stands in the middle of a sacred lotus pool. At the corner of the Nalambalam (the inner wall) a Ganapati is enshrined and surrounding the nalambalam, there are idols of Subramanian, Mahavishnu, Yakshi, Hanuman and Veerabhadran. Besides this, a Ganapathi Temple is situated near the large sacred pool. The famous Navaratri festival is celebrated here with great fervor. The ten-day annual festival in kanni (October) starts from the Uttrattati asterism. Music festival and 'Vidyarambham' ceremony are the main features of this festival. Thousands of people participate in the Navarathri music festival.

 

Vamanamurthy Temple, Thrikkakkara


This ancient temple is dedicated to Vamana, the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple holds a large number of lithic records, some of great historical significance. The annual festival is held in the month of August-September.


Ernakulam Shiva Temple



Situated in the heart of the city, facing Rajendra Maidan is one of the ancient temples in Central Kerala. Lord Shiva also known as 'Ernakulathappan' is the presiding deity of this temple. It was built during the Maharaja rule. This is one of the rarest Siva Temples where the deity is facing the sea. The annual festival in the temple is celebrated for 8 days during January-February every year. The festival concludes with the 'Arattu' procession when the image of the deity is taken for a sacred bath in the temple pool and in the night there is spectacular fireworks. A cultural festival is also held with a variety of programmes such as music concerts, classical dance performances including Kathakali, Kerala's very own spectacular dance drama.


St. Mary's Church, Vallarpadam


A major pilgrim center for Christians, St. Mary's church is located in the middle of Vallarpadam island across the backwaters from the mainland Ernakulam This popular shrine was built by the Portuguese missionaries in 1524. History has it that the old church, which was then known as the Church of the Holy Spirit, was destroyed in floods in the 17th century and a new church was built on the same spot in 1676. It was declared a special church by Pope Leo XIII in 1888. In 1951, the Union Government declared it a major pilgrim centre. The church was declared the status of a basilica on February 12, 2005. The church has the famous picture of the 'Blessed Virgin Mary' which the Portuguese brought from their native land

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