Palluruthy Dhanvantari temple :

God and Godess :

  • Dhanvantari
  • Lord Vigneswara,
  • Mahalakshmi,
  • Anjaneya and Garuda

Location :

Palluruthy Sri Dhanwanthari Temple
Sree Dhanwanthari Devaswom, Palluruthy, Kochi / Cochi,
Ernakulam district – 682006

Timings :

  • Morning – 6.15AM to 10.15AM
  • Evening – 6.00PM to 8PM

Temple History :

Sree Dhanwanthari Temple at Palluruthy, Kochi, is one of the oldest temples in Kerala dedicated to Lord Dhanwanthari, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu as ‘Ayurveda Moorthi’, also known as the Physician of Gods. The temple is situated at about 1 Km west of the National Highway No.47 at Palluruthy, Kochi, Ernakulam district on the Dhanwanthari Road. Lord Dhanwanthari, the Physician of Gods, is worshiped under the name ‘Dhanwanthari Narayana’. The temple has ‘Rajagopuram’, with presiding deity Lord Dhanwanthari and the deities of Lord Vigneswara, Mahalakshmi, Lord Hanuman and Garuda, along with Dwarapalakaas. The twelve pillars of Nada Pandhal adjacent to the Rajagopuram have ‘Dashavatharams’ along with deities of Lord Vittal and Rukmini.

The Idol of the Lord Dhanwanthari installed in this temple is one foot 7 and a half inches in height and is of Krishna Sila (Black granite stone). The Lord wears a Veshti which has graceful folds and the central folds fall neatly between the legs which wear anklets and kankana. In the right upper hand the Lord Dhanwanthari holds Chakra (Wheel) and in the upper left-hand holds Shankha (Conch). In the lower right hand, a Leach is firmly held in between the index finger and the thumb and the other fingers stand upright showing the Abhaya pose. In the left lower hand the Lord holds a pot with nectar that is ‘Amrita’. The image stands on a circular inverted Lotus pedestal which is set upon a square Peeta. The deity wears Bhuja Kireetas (on shoulders) and a well ornamented Kireeta Makuta (the crown) which is supremely graceful. The ears have ear ornaments, the Makara Kundala, and round the neck, the necklace is worn with a pendant. Armlets and bracelets adorn the hands. There is Udara Banda and the Kati Banda. The Garbhagriha, the Sanctum Sanctorum of the temple is square in shape showing the Nagara style of Hindu temple architecture.

Belief has it amongst the devotees that the Lord comes to the rescue of the people suffering from physical illness when they call upon Him chanting His name filled with devotion to giving them relief from illness. According to Puranic tradition, Dhanwanthari came out while churning the ocean by Gods and Asuras together and is one of the Fourteen Ratnas said to have been produced with a cup of nectar in His hand. The nectar in the pot symbolizes medicine for a curative purpose for physical illness and the Leach is held by the God to denote surgery as a curative method when medicine fails to cure disease.The ancestors of the present Vembrakat family of Gowda Saraswath Brahmin community at Palluruthy, where they settled down long ago, had built this temple for Lord Dhanwanthari with their gifted knowledge of Medicine and its practical application. From ancestors, the management of the temple came to the hands of Sri Madhava Prabhu, Diwan Peshkar and Chief Secretary of Cochin State, and at present managed by a Trust under the name ‘Sree Dhanwanthari Devaswom’.

Festivals :

  • Aarattu Mahotsav
  • Dhanwanthari Jayanthi
  • Akhanda Nama Yajna
  • Durgaashtami
  • Mahanavami
  • Vijaya Dasami
  • Ugaadi
  • Anantha Chathurdasi
  • Sree Rama Navami
  • Rigupakarmam
  • Deepavali
  • Naga Panchami
  • Vinayaka Chathurthy
  • Karthika Pournami
  • Sree Krishna Janmashtami
  • Vaisakha Pournami
  • Samooha Satyanarayana Pooja – Anniversary

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Pooja Timings
  • 6.15 AM – The temple opens for Darshan
  • 7.30 AM – Usha Pooja
  • 9.00 AM – Abhishekam
  • 9.30 AM – Sahasranamarchana
  • 10.00 AM – Aarati
  • 10.15 AM – The temple closes for the morning.
  • 6.00 PM – Evening Darshan
  • 7.00 PM – Samooha Prarthana followed by Bhajan
  • 8.00 PM – Mangala Aarati
  • 8.05 PM – The temple closes for the day.

Nearest Temples Around Palluruthy Dhanvantari temple :

  • Temple Name – Area/City – Distance (in KM)
  • Cherthala Sri Katyayani Devi Temple – Alappuzha district – 31.00 km
  • Varanad Devi Jagadambika temple – Alappuzha district – 34.00 km
  • Vaikom Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 37.00 km
  • Aluva Thiruviranikkulam mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 40.00 km
  • Iravimangalam Sri Suryadeva Temple – Kottayam district – 48.00 km
  • Anicadu Thiruvumplavi Mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 49.00 km
  • Ettumanur Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 61.00 km
  • Arattupuzha Sri sastha temple – Thrissur district – 80.00 km
  • Haripad Sri Subramanya Temple – Alappuzha district – 83.00 km
  • Chirakkadavu Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 91.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Ernakulam – 9 km
  • Vaikom – 32 km
  • Cherthala – 31 km
  • Puthenkurish – 22 km
  • Aluva – 28 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Aluva – 28 km
  • Ernakulam – 8 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Trivandram – 200 km
  • Cochin – 39 km
  • Calicut/Kozhikode – 171 km
  • Kannur – 279 km
  • Madurai – 289 km
  • Tuticorin – 300 km

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