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The Temple Trifecta

Vadakumnathan Temple, Thiruvambady Temple and Paramekkavu BhagavathyTemples are three of the famous temples situated in Thrissur in the immediate vicinity of each other. It is believed that if you visit one temple, then to complete the temple trifecta, we should visit all three temples.

As part of the Thrissur Pooram, , temple festival, all three temples are equally involved and are part of the temple trio who host the festival every year.

Vadakkumnathan Temple

Vadakkunnathan Temple, also identified as Thenkailasam and Vrishabhachalam, is one of the largest and ancient Shiva temples in Kerala and in the Indian subcontinent. It features unique temple architecture and there are a lot of legends associated with it. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Thrissur Pooram is held every year, in this temple ground.

Thiruvambady Temple

A part of the Temple trifecta, Thiruvambady temple is located a kilometer north of the Vadakkunnathan Temple. The main deity at Thiruvambady is Unnikrishnan (Lord Krishna depicted as an infant). The other deities consecrated here are Goddess Bhagavathy, Lord Ganesha and Dharmasastha.

Paramekkavu Bhagavathi Temple

Paramekkavu Bhagavathi Temple is one of the oldest and largest Bhagavathi temples in Kerala. The deity here is the powerful Goddess or Devi. It is one of the oldest temples in India and it is believed that the temple is over a 1000 years old.

Keezhthali Sree Mahadeva Temple

The village of Thali has a historical significance as it was the seat of the erstwhile king Cheraman Perumal. He had built over 108 Shivalayas in and around the village. The Keezhthali Sree Mahadeva Temple is seated on the top of a small hill. The deity here is considered to be powerful and has a lot of omnipotent power.

Arattupuzha Sastha Temple

The temple is just 15 kms away from Thrissur town. The antiquity of this temple dates back to about 3000 years and the temple hosts the earliest and the world's second oldest festival "Devamela" (A festival assembling all the Gods and Goddesses) at Arattupuzha. It is believed that the deity of Arattupuzha temple is the incarnation of the great Guru Vasishta, Lord Sri Rama’s teacher. This is a rare temple as it has no other deities in its sanctum sanctorum.

Dhanvanthari Temple

The Dhanvanthari Murthy consecrated in the Nelluvai Temple near Thrissur is the Lord of Physicians. As per Ayurveda, Dhanvanthari is regarded as the Apostle of Medicine. The belief is that if one worships him with full Bhakti, then one is rid of illnesses and sicknesses. The temple is just one among the few temples in India that is dedicated to the Lord of Medicine. Therefore, it holds a special significance.

Guruvayur Temple

The centuries old Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple is a very famous pilgrimage centre in South India. The temple is also referred to as the Dwarka of the South and every year, millions of people visit this temple to seek Lord Krishna’s blessings. As legends go, it is said that the temple was created by Guru, the principal of the Devas and Vayu, the Lord of the Winds. Thus its derived name, Guruvayur. It is situated at a distance of about 30 kms from Thrissur.

Mammiyur Shiva Temple

Mammiyur Shiva Kshetram is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is just about a kilometer away from Guruvayur Temple. The allure and magnificence of the temple is enhanced by the numerous wall paintings and the sculptures. It is said, a visit to Guruvayur is not complete without visiting the Mammiyur temple.

Koodalmanikyam Sree Bharatha Temple

The temple is located about 25 kms away from Thrissur and is the only temple in India dedicated to Bharatha, the brother of Sri Rama. One of the characteristic features of this temple is that, there is only one idol or prathista in the temple. It is an architectural wonder with its gateways, carvings in both wood and stone and the majestic entries.

The Glass Temple of Kottamunda

This is a Jain temple sited on the slope of Vellarimala and is dedicated to Parswanatha Swamy from the Jain faith. This uniquely designed temple features mirrors inside the temple walls that reflect images of icons inside sanctum sanctorum of the temple.

The Lourdes Cathedral

The Lourdes Cathedral in Thrissur dates back to the 16th century when the Dutch and English invaders set foot here. It is one of the largest churches in India and is dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes. Its impressive structure, interiors, the underground shrine and the beautiful architectural design makes it a must visit.

Puthenpally or the Basilica of Our Lady of Dolores

The church is known for its famous Gothic style of architecture and with an area of over 25,000 square feet, 11 altars, it is one of the biggest and tallest churches in Asia. The ceilings showcase an array of paintings that depict the Holy Trinity. In fact, the famed Bible Tower is also within the Church campus.

The Palayur Church

It is believed that St. Thomas, the Apostle of Christ landed in Kodungalur in 52 AD and he setup seven churches in Kerala. In that regard, the Palayur Church in Chavakkad is special because the present church has great historical significance having been around for two millennia and is still in the same place where St. Thomas had first set it up. A Church with such a historical significance is a must visit.

Cheraman Jumma Masjid

Cheraman Juma Masjid is a centuries old mosque in Kodungallur near Thrissur. It is believed to have been built by Arabs in 629 AD. It is the oldest mosque in India and the second oldest mosque in the world where the Jumma prayers were started. The mosque faces eastwards unlike other mosques in Kerala which faces westwards. The uniqueness of this mosque is that there are strong influences of traditional Indian architecture that are evident. In fact there is an oil lamp that burns constantly and is also believed to be around from the time the mosque was built. People of all faiths are allowed into the premises and people offer oil for the lamp as a special offering

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