Haripad Mannarasala sri nagaraja temple :

God and Godess :

  • Sri Nagarajan
  • Navagraha (in Ananda/Shesha/Laxmana form)
  • Sarpayakshini

Location :

Haripad Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple,
Mannarasala / Mannarsala, Haripad (Town) ,
Alappuzha district – 690514
Kerala.

Timings :

  • 05:00AM – 12:00PM (All days of the week (Morning))
  • 5:30PM – 7:30PM (All days of the week (Evening))

Temple History :

Sri Nagaraja temple is located at Manarasala in Alappuzha of Kerala State. Of all the places of Serpent worship in the world. there is none that is more benign, awe-inspiring and legendary than Mannarasala, as blessed and envisaged by Lord Parasurama, the creator of Kerala. In the light of experience, many devotees who have experienced and heard about the miraculous powers of the serpents and the presiding deities here, tell many stories about Mannarasala temple. It is not a rare thing to see the same serpent appear in the same location for a number of days in the temple premises. On the steps of the gatehouse, on the hedgerows, among the creepers; those who perform bhajans in the temple can stand very close at any time and pray.

In the light of experience, many devotees who have experienced and heard about the miraculous powers of the serpents and the presiding deities here, tell many stories about Mannarasala temple. It is not a rare thing to see the same serpent appear in the same location for a number of days in the temple premises. On the steps of the gatehouse, on the hedgerows, among the creepers; those who perform bhajans in the temple can stand very close at any time and pray.

Legend: On one occasion, about six decades ago, a fierce yellow serpent started dancing on the eastern bank of the holy pond near the Appooppan Kavu carrying an evil snake in its mouth. Then it vomited the evil snake and released it. The serpent raised its hood either out of fear or out of a desire for revenge. The fierce snake with a sense of humor swallowed that cobra again. The late Valia Amma came to know about it. She came to the spot with tears in her eyes and spoke a few words. The serpent did not budge. This drama lasted for half an hour. Amma became sad. With the chanting of mantras, she prayed for the release of the cobra. No more delay, the serpent left the cobra, bent down its head and went straight into the Appooppan Kavu, as if nothing had happened. The nature of the yellow snakes of Appoppan Kavu is beyond description and is wonderful.

History: Though the legends related to the origin of a place cannot be deemed as its history, the story of the evolution of Mannarasala as the supreme place of worship of the serpent Gods is associated with Parasurama, the creator of Kerala. The history of Mannarasala has been mentioned in the ‘Mandara Salodayam’ Sanskrit poem written by Mannarasala M.G.Narayanan Nampoodiri of the sacred family, who wrote it on the basis of reliable accounts and legends traditionally handed down and in the light of old books available with the temple. Since the poem was incomplete, the history narrated here is from the book ‘The Serpent Temple Mannarasala’, published by Mr.N.Jayadevan of Manasa Publications (Translated to English by the renowned scholar Dr.Ayyappa Panikker). This book is also based on the advice and instructions received from the former Great Mother, and in accordance with the other members of the family as well as the old records examined for the purpose.

Sree Parasurama decided to seek release from the sin of killing the Kshatriyas. He approached the holy Rishis. They suggested that he should make a gift of a land of his own to the Brahmins. Parasurama, the son of Bhrigu, propitiated Varuna Deva (the Lord of the Seas) to get some land for himself. He threw into the sea the axe which Paramasiva had given him with his blessings. Thus he raised the land from the sea and gave it as a gift to the Brahmins according to the rules. This land came to be known as Kerala. That piece of land was not habitable because of the salinity. Not even vegetables grew there. People began to leave the place. Bhargava Rama was pained at this. He undertook penance to please Lord Siva, who advised him that the objective could be realized only if the flaming poison of the serpents was spread everywhere and that the only means of doing that was the worship of Nagaraja. Parasurama, a Yogi, firm of will and above all desire, decided that he would take no rest until he saw Kerala come up as a land of evergreen beauty full of trees and plants, prosperous in every way. He set out with his disciples in search of a deserted jungle in order to please Nagaraja who was inaccessible and beyond anybody’s understanding. He found a suitable place near the seashore in the southern part of Kerala. Satisfied with having found a proper place for the realization of his cherished dream, the great Rishi constructed a Thirthasthala for the performance of penance. Bhargava Rama, a partial incarnation of Lord Vishnu, had to undertake very severe penance.

Nagaraja, who was pleased, appeared before Parasurama, willing to grant him his desire. According to the poem by Mannarasala M.G.Narayanan Namboodiri, the Nagaraja made his appearance as if: ” The unspeakable splendor of millions of moons! The bright magnificence of emeralds stuck to the hoods. Golden jewels made attractive by miraculous embroidery! Lotus feet worshiped by crowds of Gods! Brilliant beauty of form, full of youthfulness!”. Parasurama prostrated at the lotus feet of Nagaraja and prayed to realize his objective. Nagaraja granted his request with great pleasure. Ferocious serpents arrived at the spot at once to spread the flaming Kalakuda poison. Because of the percolation of poison, the land of Kerala was desalinated, to become habitable with envious greenery. Parasurama then requested the Lord to bless the land forever with his eternal presence, and that was also accepted by the kindly-disposed Nagaraja.

Festivals :

  • Mannarsala Aayilam (Sept – Oct)
  • Anniversary celebrations :
  • Mahasivaratri
  • Annual pooja in Nilavara
  • Deeparadhana
  • Sarpam pattu (Serpent song)
  • Pallippana and Gandharva song
  • Pulasarpam pattu
  • Kavumattam and Sarpabali

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Nagadosha parihara pooja
  • Valia Amma has a special pattern of pooja everyday, and she must perform pooja in the sanctum sanctorum itself on certain days like
  • On the first day of every month, malayalam calendar
  • On the day of Pooyam star each month, malayalam calendar.
  • From the beginning of Magha to the eve of Sivaratri.
  • Thiruvonam in the month of Chingam.
  • From the 1st to the 12th of Karkitakam.
  • Twelve days before Ayilyam in Kanni and Tulam.
  • Sarpa bali (Sarpa dosham) – 15001 /-
  • Nurum palu – 172 /-
  • Nurum palu – 101 /-
  • Muzhukkappu – 751/-
  • Enna Abizhekam (Oil Abhishekam) – 10 /-
  • Dhara – 10 /-
  • Neyy (Ghee) Abhishekam – 25 /-
  • Tender Coconut Abhishekam – 5 /-
  • Pal Abhishekam(Milk Abhishekam) – 10 /-
  • Sahasranamarchana – 10 /-
  • Mrityunjayarchana – 15 /-
  • Ashtotharasatham Archana – 5 /-
  • Archana – 3 /-
  • Palumapazhavum Nivedyam – 5 /-
  • Malar Nivedyam – 3 /-
  • Kadalippazha nivedyam – 5 /-
  • Nilavara payasam – 20 /-
  • Payasam – 5 /-
  • Milk payasam – 15 /-
  • Appam (Pancake made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk) – 25 /-
  • Enna Vilakku (Oil Lamp) – 5 /-
  • Neyy Vilakku (Ghee lamp) – 10 /-
  • Mala – 3 /-
  • Uruli Kamazhthu – 25 /-
  • Urulinivarppu – 25 /-
  • Urulinadakku veypu – 25 /-
  • Annaprasam – 9 /-
  • Thulabharam – 10 /-
  • Sarppaprathima Nadakku Veypu – 8 /-
  • One day pooja – 751 /-
  • Ganapathi Homam – 25 /-
  • Bhagavathi seva – 251 /-
  • Wedding – 65 /-
  • Thrimadhuram – 3 /-
  • Chathussatha Nivedyam – 2501 /-

Nearest Temples Around Haripad Mannarasala sri nagaraja temple :

  • Haripad Sri Subramanya Temple – Alappuzha district – 1.00 km
  • Paravoor Dakshina Mookambika Temple – Ernakulam district – 10.00 km
  • Thrikkunnapuzha Kurichikkal Mahadevi temple – Alappuzha district – 11.00 km
  • Chettikulangara Sri Bhagavathi Temple – Alappuzha district – 13.00 km
  • Ochira Oachira ParaBrahma Temple – Kollam district – 19.00 km
  • Krishnapuram Kurakkavu Bhagavathi temple – Alappuzha district – 19.00 km
  • Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple – Alappuzha district – 21.00 km
  • Chengannur Mahadeva temple – Alappuzha district – 24.00 km
  • Nooranad Padanilam Parabrahma Temple – Alappuzha district – 28.00
  • Mullakkal Rajarajeswari Temple – Alappuzha district – 32.00 km
  • Sasthamcotta Sri DharmasasthaTemple – Kollam district – 39.00 km
  • Kanichukulangara Bhagavathi temple – Alappuzha district – 48.00 km
  • Kollam Ammachiveedu Moorthy Temple – Kollam district – 49.00 km
  • Cherthala Sri Katyayani Devi Temple – Alappuzha district – 52.00 km
  • Varanad Devi Jagadambika temple – Alappuzha district – 56.00 km
  • Ettumanur Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 59.00 km
  • Kottarakkara Mahaganapathi Temple – Kollam district – 59.00 km
  • Chirakkadavu Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 60.00 km
  • Thuravur Sri Narasimha and Sudarshana Temple – Alappuzha district – 63.00 km
  • Erumeli Sri Dharmasastha and Petta Sasthavu Temples – Kottayam district – 66.00 km
  • Vaikom Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 66.00 km
  • Iravimangalam Sri Suryadeva Temple – Kottayam district – 71.00 km
  • Udayamperoor Ameda Temple – Ernakulam district – 93.00 km
  • Edappally Mahaganapathi temple – Ernakulam district – 93.00 km
  • Achankovil Sri Dharmasastha temple – Kollam district – 93.00 km
  • Anicadu Thiruvumplavi Mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 103.00 km
  • Methala Kallil Bhagavathi Temple – Ernakulam district – 112.00 km
  • Aluva Thiruviranikkulam mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 113.00 km
  • Chelamattom Sri Krishna Temple – Ernakulam district – 119.00 km
  • Kaladi Srikrishna Temple – Ernakulam district – 121.00 km
  • Thottuva Dhanvanthari Moorthi temple – Ernakulam district – 123.00 km
  • Manjapra Karppillikavu mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 125.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Haripad – 3.00 km
  • Mavelikara – 14.00 km
  • Kayamkulam – 15.00 km
  • Pulikeezhu – 18.00 km
  • Thiruvalla – 23.00 km
  • Chengannur – 24.00 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Haripad – 3.00 km
  • Karuvatta – 5.00 km
  • Cheppad – 8.00 km
  • Mavelikara – 15.00 km
  • Kayamkulam – 17.00 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Cochin International Airport,Cochin/kochi – 113.00 km
  • Trivandrum International Airport, Thiruvananthapuram – 118.00 km
  • Calicut International Airport,Kozhikode – 246.00 km
  • Kannur International Airport, Kannur – 354.00 km

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