Thottuva Dhanvantari Moorthi temple :

God and Godess :

  • Sree Dhanwantahri
  • Ayyappan, Ganapathy,
  • Bhadrakali and Rakshas
  • Nagaraja

Location :

Thottuva Dhanvanthari Moorthi temple,
Sri Dhanvantari temple,
Thottuva, Near Kurichilakodu, Koovappady P.O,
Ernakulam district – 683544
Kerala.

Timings :

  • Morning – 06:00 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Evening – 04:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Temple History :

Thottuva Sree Dhanwanthari Temple is one of the few Lord Dhanvantari Temples in Kerala, India. The temple of Lord Dhanvantari is located at Thottuva, Near Kurichilakodu in Ernakulam district. The presiding deity is Adi Dhanwanthiri and the main idol is almost six feet tall and facing east. On the right hand the lord holds Amrith and with the left hand, the lord holds Atta, Shanku, and Chakra. Sub-deities are Ayyappan, Ganapathy, Bhadrakali and Rakshas. Fresh un-boiled milk is offered here, the important offering is butter. The idol of Thottuva Sree Dhanwantahri Temple was laid by Parasurama 5000 years ago as per the legend and hence the deity is known by the name Adi Dhanwanthiri. Then over the years, the temple was managed by a Namboodiri (Kerala Brahmin) family called Korumbur Mana. The temple had lots of landed property in the olden times. Sri Sankaracharya used to worship here regularly. Lord Dhanwanthari is the Lord of Ayurveda – the herbal medical science. In the Thottuva Sree Dhanwanthari temple, the devotees who pray with complete faith used to get the desired results. It is customary to bathe in the canal (Thodu) near the river before offering prayers. Those who are not blessed with children offer Palpayasam (Milk Pudding) for seven consecutive days and they are blessed with a child. Those who have contracted chronic diseases use the oil used for anointing the idol as medicine. Those with skin disease offer yam and salt and get cured.

Legend: The legend is that several years ago three Namboodiri families living in the hills of Malayatoor were closely related to this temple. These families have Shiva, Bhagawathi, and Vishnu as their family deities. In those days Sankaracharya happened to visit these Namboodiri families. He was not offered food or alms. This made him unhappy and so there was a curse on these families. The family was ruined and so they left the place and traveled to a place called ‘Kodanad’. When they felt hungry, they prepared food in three different pots. They used bamboo as firewood for cooking. Two of them lighted the bamboo turning upwards and one turned it downwards. The two Brahmins who had lighted the bamboo by keeping it upwards were able to cook the food very quickly and they continued their journey. All the places through which they travailed became their own. The other Brahmin was unable to cook the food soon because he had lighted the bamboo turning it downwards. Since he was late, he started his journey slowly, therefore he did not get any property. Feeling very unhappy he reached the place where at present the temple is situated. Keeping his umbrella (Olakuda) on the ground he began preparing ‘Nivedyam’ for the evening Pooja. After having food, feeling mentally upset, he went to sleep and the Namboodiri heard the Divine voice of Lord Dhanwanthari telling him not to worry and that he will be able to manage with His Devotees. The place where the Namboodiri had kept his palm leaf umbrella came to be known as ‘Kudappadom’.

Festivals :

  • Ekadashi¬†
  • Pooyam star day (during the month of Medam)
  • Annual Festival¬†(Guruvayoor Ekadasi)
  • Thiruvonam

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Archana
  • Abhishekam
  • Milk Abhishekam
  • Special poojas

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  • Temple Name – Area/City – Distance (in KM)
  • Aluva Thiruviranikkulam mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 17.00 km
  • Anicadu Thiruvumplavi Mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 32.00 km
  • Arattupuzha Sri sastha temple – Thrissur district – 55.00 km
  • Vaikom Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 60.00 km
  • Iravimangalam Sri Suryadeva Temple – Kottayam district – 62.00 km
  • Ettumanur Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 70.00 km
  • Cherthala Sri Katyayani Devi Temple – Alappuzha district – 71.00 km
  • Varanad Devi Jagadambika temple – Alappuzha district – 74.00 km
  • Chirakkadavu Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 89.00 km
  • Haripad Sri Subramanya Temple – Alappuzha district – 123.00 km
  • Haripad Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple – Alappuzha district – 123.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Perumbavoor – 9 km
  • Kothamangalam – 24 km
  • Chalakudy – 29 km
  • Muvattupuzha – 29 km
  • Aluva – 23 km
  • Angamaly – 15 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Aluva – 23 km
  • Angamaly – 19 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Trivandram – 231 km
  • Cochin – 14 km
  • Calicut/Kozhikode – 163 km
  • Kannur – 272 km
  • Madurai – 250 km
  • Trichy – 342 km
  • Tuticorin – 313 km

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