July 19, 2010

Tripunithura Vishnu Temple - Kerala, India

Tripunithura is a town located at a distance of around 10 kms from Kochi in Kerala state of India. Tripunithura has a Vishnu temple, which is called as 'Poornatreyeesa' (the word 'Poornatreyeesa' means the Lord of Three Vedas).

Vishnu in this temple, is worshipped as 'Santanagopala Murti' - the protector of kids. He is found seated on Ananta 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, Arjun (one of the Pandavas of Mahabharat) sought the help of Lord Vishnu to give rebirth to ten dead children of a Brahmin. Vishnu fulfilled the wish of Arjun. After that, Arjun got this idol of Vishnu.

With the help of Lord Ganesh, Arjun selected this village and installed the idol of Vishnu in this site. 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, Vishnu of this temple got marreid to a Namboothiri girl named Nangema.

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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