God and Godess :

  • Ganapathi
  • Sri Sastha
  • Sri Subramanya Swamy
  • Sri Naga Devatha

Location :

Kottarakkara Mahaganapathi Temple / Kottarakara Vinayaka temple,
Kottarakkara, Chenthara (area),
Kollam district – 691506
Kerala.

Timings :

  • Morning – 04:00 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Evening – 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Temple History :

Kottarakara Ganapathy Temple is one of the famous temples in south India with great historical importance. There are many legends about Kottarakara Sri Maha Ganapathy.Lord shiva is the presiding deity in this temple but Sri Maha Ganapathy is more famous here. The exact name of the temple was Kizhakkekara Siva Kshethram. The main deity is none other than Lord Siva himself. Lord Shiva in Garbhalaya facing eastward. In fact, Ganapathy is only a minor deity here. But the temple today is famous as a Ganapathy temple rather than a Siva temple. The legend behind this is that Kizhakkekara temple was the property of two Nampoothiri houses – Akavoor and Oomanpally.

Padinjattinkara Siva temple belonged to the royal house of Elayidathu. One day, before sunrise, rituals were taking place for the consecration of Siva at the Pandinjattinkara temple, the work of which was managed by the legendary Uliyannor Perumthachan. Outside the temple, while listening to the mantras, he started chiseling a piece of the jackfruit tree. To his surprise, he found that it was the form of ‘Ganapathy’ that was taking shape. Thus he asked the chief priest to enshrine ‘Ganapathy’ also after the consecration of Siva. The chief priest denied. “This is a Siva temple. Ganapathy cannot be consecrated here.”Perumthachan, desperate, walked towards the east and thus reached Kizhakkekkara Siva temple where the temple priest was preparing offerings for the lord- Unniyappam. Perumthachan asked him “Can you not sanctify this Ganapathy here ?”. The priest agreed. Perumthachan viewed the place- Siva facing east, in front of that it is Ganga, Parvathy turned towards the west.

Southwest there is Sastha and northwest Subrahmanya. If Ganapathy too is installed, Siva family will be complete. The place will be none other than Kailas itself. Thus Ganapathy was installed southeast by Perumthachan. Perumthachan then asked the priest “ Unni Ganapathy must be hungry. What is the sacrificial food that you have prepared?”. “Unniyappam” was the reply. On a leaf, the priest placed six to seven Unniyappamsstringed together. Perumthachan, with all his heart, devoted his first offerings-Koottappam. Koottappam is still known to be the most wanted Nivedhyam for Kottarakara Ganapathy. After the offerings, Perumthachan affectionately declared “Though father is the main deity, the son will be much more famous”. His words proved to be true. Kizhakkekkara Siva temple is now known as Kottarakara Ganapathy temple.

Festivals :

  • Vinayaka Chathurthy
  • Medathiruvathira
  • Mandalachirappu
  • Sivarathri
  • Ayilyam-Makam
  • Navarathri
  • Prathishtadinam(Cosecration day)
  • Thyppooyam

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • 04:00 AM – Palliyunarthal
  • 04:30 AM – Nadathurappu
  • 04.40 AM – Nirmalyam
  • 04:50 AM – Abhishekam
  • 05.30 AM – Ashtadravya Ganapathihomam
  • 06.00 AM – Usha Pooja
  • 07.00 AM – Ethritheu Pooja
  • 07.15 AM – Sreebali
  • 09.00 AM – Pantheeradi Pooja
  • 10:00 AM – Navaka Pooja
  • 10.30 AM – Ucha Pooja
  • 11:00 AM – Uchasreebali
  • 11:30 AM – Nadayadappu
  • 5:00 PM – Nadathurakkal
  • 6:30 PM – Deeparadhana
  • 7:30 PM – Athazha Pooja
  • 7:45 PM – Athazha Sreebali
  • 8:00 PM – Nadayadappu 

Nearest Temples Around Kottarakara Vinayaka swamy temple :

  • Varkala Sivagiri mutt – Tiruvanantapuram district – 36.00 km
  • Haripad Sri Subramanya Temple – Alappuzha district 59.00 km
  • Haripad Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple – Alappuzha district – 59.00 km
  • Vellayani Devi temple – Tiruvanantapuram district – 79.00 km
  • Cherthala Sri Katyayani Devi Temple – Alappuzha district – 112.00 km
  • Varanad Devi Jagadambika temple – Alappuzha district – 116.00 km
  • Vaikom Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 126.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Punalur – 20 km
  • Kollam – 26 km
  • Paravur – 29 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Kottarakara – 1 km
  • Auvaneeswaram – 11 km
  • Paravur – 29 km
  • Kollam – 25 km
  • Ezhukone – 7 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Trivendrum – 68 km
  • Cochin – 173 km
  • Calicut – 306 km
  • Coimbatore – 341 km
  • Tiruchirapalli – 367 km
  • Madhurai – 230 km
  • Tuticorin – 168 km

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