Thuravur Narasimha temple :

God and Godess :

  • Lakshminarasimha
  • Sudarshana
  • Venkatachalapathy 
  • Hanuman
  • Ganapati,
  • Sastha,
  • Nagas,
  • Bhagavathy
  • Brahmarakshas.

Location :

Thuravur Sri Narasimha and Sudarshana Temple
Thuravoor temple, Near Pattanakkad, Cherthala,
Alappuzha district-688540
Kerala

Timings :

  • Morning 3AM – 11AM
  • Evening 5PM – 7.30PM

Temple History :

The Temples of Sri Narasimha Swamy and Sri Sudarshana Moorthy are located at Thuravoor in Alappuzha district of Kerala state. The complex of two shrines is called as Thuravoor Mahakshetram. Two separate temples in close proximity – within the same compound – reflect the synthesis of a unique and mysterious divine power. The idol of Sree Narasimhamoorthy is said to have originated in the holy city of Kashi (Varanasi). Swami Padmapadar (8th century AD), the principal disciple of Jagadguru Adi Sankaracharya, had worshiped the very same idol at Kashi. Distinctive in its architectural and artistic grandeur, Thuravoor Mahakshethram is one of the most venerated places of worship in Kerala. The two shrines in a single Nalambalam, two gold-plated flag masts that tower into the skies, a majestically tall Anapandhal (elephant rostrum – the largest in Kerala), a strict regimen of observances of Vrathas for the priests, days after days of rituals and festivals, chanting of Vedic hymns and presentation of learned discourses on Puranas throughout the year … all these attract streams of devotees to the temple from within and outside the State. Of the two temples here, it is believed that the one dedicated to Sudarsanamoorthy was the first to come into existence. Though there is no record of its origin, the temple is estimated to be over 1300 years old.

Narasimha Swamy Temple: The temples of Lord Narasimha Swamy and Sri Sudarshana Moorthy are in the same temple complex, the Narasimhamoorthy temple (on the northern side) is separated by a wall.Both the temples are interconnected. The Namaskara mandapam is ornamented with sculptures of lotus blooms. The granite pillars on the Mandapam also feature highly imaginative carvings. One stone pillar carries the image of Deepalakshmi. Kerala’s age-old tradition in temple architecture is reflected here. The walls of the Sreekovil are adorned with sculptures of elephant heads at regular intervals. Two of the elephants are with their trunks down, while the rest have their trunks raised. This may have been done to avoid monotony. also adorned with enchanting murals. The painting of Mahavishnu reporting on Anantha deserves specific mention. Nataraja, Lord Indra Deva with his thousand eyes in the presence of Ugranarasimha, Sreekrishna, and a damsel with her face turned away from a scene showing a love-lorn couple is some of the pictures that will linger in the mind of a visitor.

The Garbhagriha of the Sreekovil has two ante-chambers. Here too, the idols of Dwarapalakas are installed in one of them. The Garbhagriha houses a beautiful, four-armed idol of Mahavishnu who is perceived as Ugranarasima. In the corridor on the southern side, there is an idol of Lord Siva. You can view and worship of Lord Shiva through the narrow window in the wall on the southern side. Generally, Lord Narasimha Swamy idols are seen in a sitting posture. But here, the lord is on his feet. One may assume that originally this idol in the standing position was originally that of Mahavishnu and, as a result of poojas and other sacred rituals, it is being perceived as Ugranarasimha.

lord Sudarsana Moorthy Temple: To the side of Sri Narasimha Swamy shrine Lord Sudarshana Moorthy is situated. The idol of Sri Sudarsanamoorthy features four arms, each carrying a different object, a conch shell, a chakra (discus), a Gadha (mace) and a lotus bloom. The Namaskaramandapam is also fittingly large and impressive. On the ceiling of this Mandapam are exquisitely carved figures of Ashtadikpalakas (guardians of the eight directions) with Lord Brahma in the middle. A characteristic feature of Kerala temple architecture is that many Sreekovils contain more than one chamber. The large, circular Sreekovil contains three enclosures. Two circumambulation paths go around the Garbhagriha. On one of them are some tall, granite pillars. One of the very interesting sculptures is that of Devi breastfeeding Ganapathy. Depictions of this nature are very rare. Sculptures of Devi astride the Nandi with a bell in her hand, Ganapathy depicted in different rows and a frozen dance-and-music extravaganza is some of the visual treats here. On either side of a narrow doorway (which looks like a window), one can see miniature figures of an entourage of servant-gods. The gold-plated flag mast on the eastern side of the Sudarsanamoorthy temple is taller than its counterpart for the Narasimha Swamy temple.

Festivals :

  • Deepavali (valiyavilakku)
  • Narasimha Jayanthi
  • Vaikunta Ekadasi
  • Srikrishna Jayanthi
  • Thiruvathira sandyavela
  • Makaravilakku & patthamudayam 

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Niyamavedi – 03.00 am
  • Nadathurappu – 04.20 am
  • Ethrutha Pooja – 06.30 am
  • Thekkinakom Pantheradi Pooja – 07.30 am
  • Vadakkinakom Pantheradi Pooja – 08.00 am
  • Uchapooja – 11.00 am
  • Nadathurappu – 05.20 pm
  • Deeparadhana – 06.45 pm
  • Athazhapooja – 07.30 pm
  • IMPORTANT VAZHUPADUS (SACRED OFFERINGS)
  • Vedivazhupadu
  • Muzhukkappu
  • Paalpayasam
  • Ney-vilakku
  • Thrikkayil Venna
  • Ganapathi Havanam
  • Bhagavathi Seva
  • Thulabharam
  • Aravana
  • Vishnupooja
  • Lakshmi Narayana Pooja
  • Thalichukuda
  • Ellu Nivedyam
  • Sahasranama Archana
  • Bhagyasookth Archana
  • Swayamvara Archana
  • Ashtothara Archana
  • Narasimhamoolamanthra Archana
  • Mahasudarsana Manthrarchana
  • Purushasooktha Archana
  • Chuttuvilakku
  • Panakam

Nearest Temples Around Thuravur Narasimha temple :

  • Temple Name – Area/City – Distance (in KM)
  • Cherthala Sri Katyayani Devi Temple – Alappuzha district – 11.00 km
  • Vaikom Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 12.00 km
  • Varanad Devi Jagadambika temple – Alappuzha district – 14.00 km
  • Iravimangalam Sri Suryadeva Temple – Kottayam district – 36.00 km
  • Ettumanur Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 41.00 km
  • Haripad Sri Subramanya Temple – Alappuzha district – 63.00 km
  • Haripad Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple – Alappuzha district – 63.00 km
  • Chirakkadavu Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 75.00 km
  • Chengannur Mahadeva temple – Alappuzha district – 76.00 km
  • Erumeli Sri Dharmasastha and Petta Sasthavu Temples – Kottayam district – 89.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Cherthal – 12 km
  • Vaikom – 12 km
  • Panangad – 20 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Thuravoor – 1 km
  • Cherthala – 9 km
  • Aroor – 12 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Trivandram – 180 km
  • Cochin – 52 km
  • Calicut/Kozhikode – 183 km
  • Kannur – 291 km
  • Madurai – 294 km
  • Trichy – 386 km
  • Tuticorin – 280 km

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