July 23, 2010

An ancient temple in Venice of the East - Mullakkal Rajeswari Temple, Alappuzha, Kerala, India

Alappuzha aka Alleppey, is a picturesque town located in the Indian state of Kerala, with beautiful canals, back waters, and beaches. It is also called as 'Venice of the East'.

Mullakkal Rajeswari temple, located at the heart of the city, is the most important temple of Alappey. The site was originally the palace of Chembakasseri kingdom and it was later converted as a temple of Rajeswari.

There are many festivals celebrated in a grand manner in Mullakkal Rajeswari temple. Devotees visit the temple in large numbers during a festival called 'Mullakkal Chirappu'. The nine day Navaratri festival and Thaipooyakavadi are also some of the important festivals of the temple.

Generally, all the female deities of Kerala are called as Bhagavati.  Hence, even though Mullakkal temple is dedicated to Rajeswari, the supreme Goddess, there are few people who call this temple as 'Mullakkal Bhagavati temple'. The temple is built in a typical Kerala architectural style. The highlight of the temple is that the top of the main shrine (called as Sreekovil in Kerala) is open, specially made for Vana Durga (basically nature).

There are other shrines in the temple such as Navagraha (nine planets), Krishna with flute, Murugan (Subramanya), Ayyappa and Hanuman. There is a Shiva linga idol located below a holy tree.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts

Site Name: Mullakkal Rajeswari Temple
Site Type: Temple
City Name: Alappuzha
Location: 45 kms from Kottayam, Kerala state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam
Nearest Airport: Cochin
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from Cochin/Kottayam
Hotel: A lot of luxury hotels and budget hotels are available in Cochin/Ernakulam and Kottayam
Restaurants: There are a lot of good restaurants in Alappuzha

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