- Pazhoor Perumthrikkovil Shiva Temple
Distance from CIF – 2.8 Kms.
About – The temple is built in the classic Kerala architecture. The walls of the temple illustrate the episodes of Mahabharata, Ramayana, and several other notable Puranas. The temple is built in the 12th century AD. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva. This structure is called ‘Padippura’ which
means house at gate.
Distance from CIF – 13 Kms.
About – There are two main temples here. The first one we see as soon as we enter is the temple of Rajarajeswari. The one behind it in a slightly lower elevation is called Keezhekavu, which has Bhadra Kali consecrated there. The Rajarajeswari is worshipped as Goddess Saraswathi in the morning, as Bhadra kali at noon and Durga in the night. This temple opens its doors every day at 4 AM. People believe that Goddess Mookambika of Kollur attends the first worship here before going to her temple. Another peculiarity of this temple is that the Goddess is not fixed to the ground but rests on a bed of sand. Nearby her, is the idol of Lord Vishnu. Hence the devotees always pray to her along with her brother Lord Narayana and chant ‘Amme Narayana’.
Distance from CIF – 18.5 Kms.
About – Poornathrayeesa is the combination of 3 words – ‘poorna’ means complete, ‘thraye’ means three, and ‘isa’ means Iswara which means the Lord of Knowledge, or the Lord of the Three Vedas – Rig Veda, Yajur Veda and Sama Veda. Lord Poornathrayeesa is the family deity of the erstwhile Kochi dynasty. The temple enshrines Santhana Gopala Murthy or Santhana Gopala Moorthy as the presiding deity. Santhana Gopala Moorthy which literally means “savior of infants” is an incarnation of Lord Mahavishnu. Lord Vishnu is seen here in a sitting posture under the shade of five hoods of Ananthan.
- Kaduthuruthy Thaliyil Mahadeva Temple
Distance from CIF – 20 Kms.
About – Kharasura had got three idols of which the one he took in his mouth, had been placed at Kaduthuruthy, marking the origin of a temple on the top of a small hill.
- Thamaram Kulangara Dharma Sastha Temple, Tripunithura
Distance from CIF – 20 Kms.
About – Thamaramkulangara Sree Dharmasastha is considered as the incarnation of Lord Dhanwantari and this is the only one temple in Tripunithura with Dharmasastha as main deity. Besides Dharmasastha devotees also worship Lord Ganesha and Bhadrakali along with Nagaraja and Brahmasrakshas.
Distance from CIF – 24 Kms.
About – The ancient Sanskrit texts, Bhargava Purana & Sanalkumara Samhita mention this place as Vaiyaghra geham and Vaiyaghra puram. As per legends Vyaghrapada Maharshi got Siva darsana here, so it was fittingly called Vyaghrapadapuram. Later, when Tamil spread, the word Vaiyaghra got transformed as Vaikom.
The temple along with Ettumanoor Siva Temple, Kaduthuruthy Thaliyil Mahadeva Temple is considered a powerful trisome. The belief is that if a devotee worships at these three temples in a day, it is equal to Kailash Yatra.
- Ernakulathappan Shiva Temple, Ernakulam
Distance from CIF – 29 Kms.
About – Located in heart of Ernakulam, the downtown area of the city of Kochi, this temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is considered as the city temple, with the presiding deity as the protector of the city, as per local Hindu faiths and traditions. As per the common practice in Kerala, the deity is reverently called Eranakulathappan, which means Lord of Eranakulam. It is the one of the rarest temple the idol of the god facing in the west direction.
- Lord Vamana Thrikkakara Temple, Edappally
Distance from CIF – 29 Kms.
About – Thrikkakara Temple is one of the few temples in India dedicated to Lord Vamana the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The legend is closely linked with the story of Mahabali and Lord Vishnu’s Vamana or Trivikrama incarnation.
- Jain Temple, Mattancherry
Distance from CIF – 31.5 Kms.
About – Jain Temple, dedicated to Shri Dharmanath, the 15th Jain Tirthankar. Built in 1960, the temple complex is sprawled over a large area with various blocks constructed for prayers and as places for offerings. The architecture of the temple is inspired by the Jain temples of Gujarat.
- Ettumanoor Siva Temple
Distance from CIF – 34 Kms.
About – This temple is situated in Ettumanoor, a small town near Vaikom. It is believed that an Asura called Khara got three Shivalingas from Lord Shiva himself. He brought them to Kerala, holding one by his teeth and one each in his left and right hand. While the Lingam held by his teeth was consecrated in Kaduthuruthy, the one held in his right hand was consecrated in Vaikom and the one held in his left hand was consecrated in Ettumanoor. After consecrating all these three temples in the same day, Khara is believed to have become a deer and was doing service to the Gods. It is believed that the God in Ettumanoor took the deer in his hand and held it there, because of which, this place was called Udhruthaina Puram, which translated to Malayalam became Ettumanoor (the place where the deer was lifted).
Distance from CIF – 108 Kms.
About – The history of the Temple is said to be dates back to ‘Dwaparayuga’ when Lord Krishna is supposed to have told his foremost disciple Uddhava to reinstall the idol of ‘Lord Vishnu’ which he had installed at Dwaraka. The place was to be chosen by Guru Brahaspati and Krishna promised Uddhava that a true devotee can feel his presence in the idol. Collecting the idol from the submerged Dwaraka Guru Brahaspati and Vayudeva (God of air), travelled all over India and with the help of Parasuram, located a lake full of lotus flowers in Kerala. The lake was the abode of Lord Siva and Parvati who moved to Mammiyoor for making place for Vishnu. As Guru and Vayu together installed and founded the temple, the place came to be known as Guruvayupuram. The lord is supposed to have chosen the image of little Krishna (Unnikrishna) at the temple of Guruvayoor. Hence, the temple is also known as Dwaraka of South.