July 19, 2010

Tripunithura Vishnu Temple - Kerala, India

Tripunithura is a town located at a distance of around 10 kms from Kochi city of Indian state of Kerala. Tripunithura has a Vishnu temple, which is also called as 'Poornathrayeesa' (the word 'Poornathrayeesa' means the Lord of Three Vedas). The Vishnu in this temple, which is believed to be 5000 years old, is worshipped as 'Santanagopala Murti' - the protector of kids. The Vishnu idol in Tripunithura temple is in a rare pose. Vishnu is sitting on Anantha serpent, who spreads his majestic hood over the Lord.

Tripunithura temple is a small temple. Apart from Vishnu, the only other idol that can be found in this temple is Lord Ganesha.

As per the legend, Arjuna (one of the Pandavas of Mahabharat) sought the help of Lord Vishnu to give rebirth to ten children of a Brahmin.Lord Vishnu offered the idol of this temple to Arjuna during that time. After handing over the children to the Brahmin, Arjuna sought Lord Ganesha's help in identifying a suitable place to install the idol. Lord Ganesha selected Tripunithura, and Arjuna installed the idol in this place. He used mustard seeds to get oil for lighting lamp. There is still a lamp in the temple - Keda Vilakku (which burns always), is said to be the first lamp lit by Arjuna.

There is also another legend about this temple. As per that, the Lord of this temple got marreid to a Namboothiri girl named Nangema.

When you happen to visit Kochi, ensure that you visit this beautiful ancient temple of Vishnu.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts

Site Name: Tripunithura Vishnu Temple
City Name: Tripunithura
Location: 12 kms from Cochin, Kerala state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam
Nearest Airport: Cochin
How to reach: Easily reachable by road, train, and flight
Hotel: A lot of luxury hotels and budget hotels are available in Cochin/Ernakulam
Restaurants: There are a lot of good restaurants in Cochin/Ernakulam

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