Urakam ammathiruvadi temple :

God and Godess :

  • Ammathiruvadi in Lakshmi form
  • Lord Shastha, Lord Ganesh

Location :

Urakam Amma Thiruvadi Temple
Valayadheeswari / Amma tiruvadi temple,
Urakathammathiruvadi, Urakam,
Thrissur district-680562
Kerala.

Timings :

  • Morning – 3 am to 10.30 am
  • Evening – 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm

Temple History :

The Valayadheeswari Temple or the more popularly known as Ammathiruvadi Temple of Urakam is the foremost of the 108 Durga Temples of Kerala. This is the most famous and powerful temple of Goddess Valayadheeswari located at Urakam in Thrissur district of Kerala state. This is the ancient temple which is said to be built about 1000 years ago. Urakam Ammathiruvadi is considered as Goddess Lakshmi. However, devotees can also worship the Devi as Durga as well as Saraswathi and get the blessings. On the top of the Dhwaja Stambha (Kodimaram) is the statue of a lion which signifies that Devi is also worshiped as Mahishasuramardini. There are two more deities(Sub-deities) inside the inner courtyard, they are Lord Sastha and Lord Ganesha. It is believed that the presence of Lord Subrahmanya is there in the temple. Nagaraja is there south- east corner of the compound. It is believed that presence of Kodungallur Bhagawathy is there on the Eastern Gopuram. The Devi being a Kanyaka (virgin), no fragrant flowers are used for the pooja. In this temple, only Veda Mantras are used for the poojas. Kaartika Nakshatra in the Malayalam month of Vrischika is the birthday of Devi. On that day, there will be a number of programs including Annadaanam. Also on every Kaarthika star day, there will be Naama japam andanna dana as offerings by the devotees.

According to the Legend about Sri Valayadheeswari Devi temple, Once upon a time due to the atrocities and calamities happening within the city, elders suggested three prominent members of the community, to travel to Kancheepuram and pray to goddess Kanchi Kamakshi Amman to please her and bring favourable solutions to ward off the evil effects happening in their locality at that time. They all went and pleased goddess with their prayers, happy with the devotion, Devi agreed to come with them to Urakam. Accordingly, Kanchi Kamakshi Amman decided to come to Kerala on the palm leaf umbrella of Poomulli (Valayannur) Namboothiri. He reached home and placed the umbrella on the floor of his house. After a short sleep, he came back and found that he was unable to take back the umbrella from the place where he kept. It was heavily grounded to the floor. Later, it was confirmed that Kanchi Kamakshi Amman was residing on that umbrella. The goddess came in Namboothiri’s dreams that night and let him know that he was supposed to build a temple for the goddess, leave Urakam and move towards North. Goddess also let him know that he was to find an idol of her in a well far away and reinstate the goddess from the umbrella onto that idol. Namboothiri did as the goddess wished. He built the temple. and after a short period of administration of the temple matters by the Poomulli family, he left all that he owned to the temple and gave the administration to the Maharaja of Cochin. From then, the goddess has been known as the Ammathiruvadi. Later on the temple administration was transferred to Cochin Devaswam Board, who takes care of it even now.

Urakam Ammathiruvadi temple is an integral part of the 1400-year-old Arattuppuzha pooram festival. Arrattuppuzha pooram is called as Deva Mela, where all the gods and goddesses assemble together in the presence of Thriprayar Thevar (Sri Rama). Stories passed on from elders, also say that in those days, the idol installed by Poomulli Namboothiri was originally the Devi idol worshiped by Sri Rama before he went to war with Ravana.It is also said that one family close to the temple became so devoted to the Devi that she was pleased with their bhakti and from then on, the eldest member of this family – Vazhappilly – became the guard of Ammathiruvadi and wherever she went, she was accompanied by this member. This continues even now. Since she came toUrakam on an umbrella made of palm leaf, whenever Ammathiruvadi’s idol is carried out, it will be accompanied by a person carrying an umbrella made of palm leaf.

Festivals :

  • Navaratri – (September/October)
  • Thrikkarthika (November/December)
  • Pooram – (March/April)
  • Illam Nira – (August/September)
  • Vavarat – (October/November)

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Palliyunarthal : 3 am
  • Nada thurakkal : 4 am
  • Abhishekam : 5 am
  • Abhisheka nivedyam : 5.15 am
  • Ushapooja : 5.30 am
  • Morning Pooja : 6 am – 6.30 am
  • Morning Siveli : 6.45 am
  • Pantheeradi pooja : 7.15 am – 8 am
  • Navakam nirakkal : 9 am
  • Navakam Aadall : 9.15 am – 9.30 am
  • Uccha Pooja : 9.30 am – 10.00 am
  • Uccha Siveli : 10.00 am
  • Nada closing : 10.30 am
  • Evening    
  • Nada opening : 5.00 pm
  • Deeparadhana : according to Sunset
  • Athazha Pooja : 7.10 pm – 7.30 pm
  • Siveli : 7.45 pm
  • Nada closing : 8.00 pm
  • Slight changes may in the darshanam timings on special occassions
  • Archana : 5.00
  • Bhagyasooktha Pushpanjali : 15.00
  • Ikamathya “ : 20.00
  • Shreesooktha “ : 15.00
  • Swasthisooktha : 15.00
  • Sasthrasooktha : 15.00
  • Purushasooktha : 15.00
  • Saraswatha : 20.00
  • Neyvilakku : 7.00
  • Kedavilakku : 35.00
  • Neykindi : 40.00
  • Mala : 7.00
  • Niramala A : 340.00
  • Niramala B : 200.00
  • Manjal podi : 4.50
  • Pattu : 15.00
  • Thali : 100.00
  • Ottayappam : 35.00
  • Neypayasam : 35.00
  • Spl.Neypayasam : 90.00
  • Palpayasam : 40.00
  • Vella Nivedyam : 10.00
  • Trikala pooja : 130.00
  • Ganapathy homam : 85.00
  • Ayillya pooja : 50.00
  • Mala pooja : 10.00
  • Kettunira : 15.00
  • Choroonu : 45.00
  • Tulabharam : 25.00
  • Adimakidathal : 100.00
  • Ayiramthiri : 70.00
  • Elluthiri : 5.00
  • Neelanjanam : 50.00
  • Bhajanam : 15.00
  • Vidhyarambham : 27.00
  • Nelpara : 70.00
  • Chandanam charthu : 100.00
  • Thottil kettal : 50.00
  • Appam(advance booking only) : 1150.00
  • Udayasthamana pooja “ : 8500.00
  • One day Pooja : 1000.00
  • Sampoorna Neyvilakku(advance booking only) : 1100.00

Nearest Temples Around Urakam ammathiruvadi temple :

  • Arattupuzha Sri sastha temple – Thrissur district – 4.00 km
  • Alathiyur Sri Anjaneya temple – Malappuram district – 76.00 km
  • Angadipuram Thirumandhamkunnu bhagavathi temple – Malappuram district – 81.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Guruvayur – 39 km
  • Irinjalakuda – 13 km
  • Thrissur – 10 km
  • Chalakudy – 24 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Thrisur – 10 km
  • Nellayi – 12 km
  • Ollur – 6 km
  • Irinjalakkuda – 18 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Trivendrum – 270 km
  • Cochin – 44 km
  • Calicut – 113 km
  • Kannur – 222 km
  • Coimbatore – 140 km
  • Tiruchirapalli – 344 km
  • Mangaluru – 374 km

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