June 26, 2010

Triprayar Rama Temple, Kerala, India

Triprayar is a small town located at around 25 kms from Thrissur, which has a magnificient Rama temple. The town is loacted on the banks of the river Triprayar. As per the legend, the images of four brothers Rama, Lakshmana, Bharat, and Shatrughna were washed ashore and were discovered by a local chieftain Vakkey Kaimal. He installed those images in four different places, and hence you can find Rama temple in Triprayar, Lakshmana temple in Tirumoozhikkalam, Bharat temple at Koodalmaanikkam, and Shatrughna temple at Payammel.

The image of Rama in the main shrine resembles Vishnu with four arms, bearing a conch, disc, bow and garland, unlike other temples where he has only two arms holding bow and arrow. Apart from the main shrine, there are sub-shrines for other deities such as  Dakshinamurti, Shasta and Ganapati in this temple.

Another unique thing is that the idols of Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi are found on either sides of Rama instead of Sita. Rama has been portrayed in the form of a victorious Lord over the evil Rakshasa Khara. The temple is rich in wood carvings and was built in a typical Kerala temple architectural style. There are also a lot of ancient murals in this temple.

When you  visit Thrissur, ensure that you go and visit Triprayar too.

Happy travelling.


Fast Facts:

Site Name: Triprayar Rama Temple
City Name: Triprayar
Highlights:
1) An ancient Rama temple in Kerala
2) Rama idol along with Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi instead of Lakshmana and Sita
3) Rama idol with four arms similar to Vishnu

Location: 25 kms from Thrissur, Kerala state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Thrissur
Nearest Airport: Cochin (around 70 kms)
How to reach: Reachable by road from Thrissur
Hotel: A lot of luxury hotels and budget hotels are available in the nearby city Thrissur
Restaurants: There are a lot of good restaurants in the nearby city Thrissur



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