When it comes to temples, probably
Kerala's temples are not that well known as other South Indian states of
Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. But they are still every bit
worth a visit and carry their own way of expressing the depth of religious
Dedicated to various Gods and Goddesses from the Hindu mythology, the
temples of Kerala are architectural delights. Built in the traditional
architectural style the significant temples in Kerala include the
Guruvayoor Temple, Kalpathy Temple, Sabrimala Temple, and Thriprayar
Temple. Some huge and richly decorated while other small with simple
decor, all speak volumes about the highly religious temperament of the
Traditional Hindu temples in Kerala are simple structures made of wood,
brick and laterite stone. Often, from afar, the only sign that marks the
presence of old temples is a tall, ceremonial flag-mast. The main sanctum
hosting the deities - Sreekovil - is invariably a single
storied building of a circular or square plan.
Inside the temples, use of oil lamps in contrast to electrical lights
lends an air of serenity and mysticism. Walls of the Sreekovil are rarely
left bare and are instead, covered with intricate, beautiful mural
paintings or wood carvings. The sloping roof buildings are able to cope
very well with the almost year-round torrential rains that are a hallmark
of Kerala's climate.
Major Temples Of Kerala
Guruvayoor, where the famous Sree Krishna Temple is
situated, is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of
Kerala. In Kerala, this is probably the only temple that hosts the maximum
number of marriages and rice feeding ceremonies.
Guruvayoor, where the famous Sri Krishna Temple is situated, is one of
the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of Kerala. The walls of the
sanctum sanctorum are inlaid with exquisite mural paintings and carvings.
The Vishwanatha Swamy shrine, the oldest Shiva temple
is situated 3-kms from Palakkad. The annual chariot temple is a gala event
that is celebrated at this temple site. The annual 'Ratholsavam' or
Chariot Festival at Sree Viswanantha Swamy temple lasts for seven days.
Sabarimala is a renowned pilgrim centre atop the rugged
hills of the Western Ghats. This holy shrine is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa.
The sanctum sanctoram nestles 914m, amidst the virgin forest wilderness of
the Western Ghats.
The main pilgrimage is undertaken between November and January.
Regardless of caste, creed, colour, they wear black Dhotis and carry on
their heads, bundles containing traditional offerings like coconut filled
with ghee, camphor and rice.
Thriprayar Temple, located south of Thrissur is one of
the important temples dedicated to Lord Rama. The exquisite wood carvings,
sculptures and Mural Paintings are an interesting sight.