Sree Subramanya Swami Temple, Alappuzha

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Admire the intricate and colorful figurines of various deities adorning the towering facade of Sree Subramanya Swami Temple. Journey inside the ancient temple (reportedly carved out of a single large boulder), and observe the impressive craftsmanship in the stone pillars, along with vibrant painted ceilings. Look out for the main deity of worship, a tall and smiling black granite figure, standing in the sanctum sanctorum. If you're visiting in the month of January or February, you may catch festivals that attract thousands of worshippers every year. Plan your visit to Sree Subramanya Swami Temple and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Alappuzha vacation builder site .
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  • This temple allows non Hindu to wander around but there's no English information anywhere and our tuk tuk driver could barely speak English to explain to us about the temple. There's extra charge to t...  more »
  • A "must see" local attraction, whether you are religious or not. The perimeter buildings and tower are covered in spectacular plaster figures taken from religious texts. The inner courtyard is a place...  more »
  • its so great to be in this temple.such a peace experince, i found few places where i love to worship this is one of them.dont mis this place  more »
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  • Coming to this temple at Festival times is best because at evening time the elephants comes out of the temple and stands outside. And we can purchase much things outside. Welcome all who come to see this temple. I just love going to this temple cause it is filled with spiritual energy.
  • Large temple complex. Very peaceful and serene. Parking space limited. Has historic architecture. Open daily.
  • Sree Subrahmanya Swamy temple at Haripad is one among the oldest Hindu temples of Kerala.  Haripad Sree Subrmanya Swami temple,  which is known as the South Palani (Thekkan Palani) is enriched with the existence of the almighty Velayudha Swami who is merciful and a protector. It is believed that this temple is 3500 years old and was consecrated by Lord Parasurama himself.  There are several inscriptions in this temple in Tamil. The temple got fire and was reconsecrated about hundred years back.  There is a story that after building the temple, the Namboodiris  were in search of a proper idol to consecrate here.  One of them was ordered in the dream to go to Kayamkulam and visit a pond (there he was told that a garland would be floating at one spot and if he makes a search there, he would get the suitable idol).  The Namboodiris went there and got an idol, which was installed in the temple with four arms.  One arm holding a Vel, another Vajrayudha, one showing the sign of blessing and one hand touching its thigh. This idol was brought and consecrated on the Pushya (poosam) star of Makara Masa (Thai maasam- January-February).  This day is celebrated as the consecration day of the temple every year. In memory of that, they celebrate Vigraha Labdhi Jalolsavam.This is carried out for three days after Thiruvonamin Payipattu backwaters (river). The people who are participating in this celebration come in groups singing Vanjipattu, offering vazhipadu(worship) on Thiruvonam day, and only then,  the Aavani festival Aarattu Ezhunnellathu in Chinga masam will start. It is believed that in Kalivarsham 2874 Vrichikam 11,on the star of Karthika, half minute (Ara Kshanam) before noon, Lord Subramaniya idol was installed with Eakachakra, while a saint appeared and did the installation and the Jeeva Kalashabhishekam.  That saint was believed to be Lord Sree Hari, and hence,  Eakachakra village came to be known as Harigeetha puram or Haripad. Around a century back, the temple caught fire, making all the devotees sad. In that fire the temple was destroyed completely. The temple which is seen now, was built during the period of king Sree Chithira Thirunal Rama Varma.  Edavakkattu architects (Shilpi’s) rebuilt the temple present now. The Golden Flag which was cut off in 1096 was reinstated after 58 years. The Keezhthya Kovil which is situated on the south side of the temple,  plays a very important role in the temple history. Lord Muruga’s Bihanded (Dwi bahu) idol is installed here. This temple is older than Sri Subramania temple.  Besides the main deity,  there are many other deities which include Sri Dakshina Moorthy, Lord Ganesha, Thiruvambadi Kannan, Nagaraja, Sri Shasta, Keezhtyar Kovil Subrahmanya. Kavadiyattam’, “Karakattam’ and ‘Kavadi’ are the main ways of worship here.  Kavadi is a bow-shaped wooden structure decorated with tapestry and peacock feathers carried on the shoulders of pilgrims as an offering to Lord Muruga.  People believe that the Subrahmania idol has the Sannidhya (presence) of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. Several peacocks wander in this temple. The major offerings in this temple is called Thula Payasam. People also offer a garland made of lime fruits to Lord Subrahmania.
  • One of the big temple under travencore devaswam board.Nearly 1km from Ksrtc bus stand Harippad.On the way to Mannarasala temple.
  • It is believed that the idol has been used by Parasurama for Poojas and was left in Kandanalloor in Govindamuttom Backwaters from which it was recovered. It is said that all the landlords of Eakachakra (the then Haripad) had vision regarding the idol in the sametime which led them to find the idol in Kayamkulam lake.The idol was brought ashore at Nelpurakadavu. In commemoration of retrieval of the idol Vigraha Labdhi Jalolsavam is conducted in Payippad river for three days, after Thiruvonam. Legend has it that the idol was kept for public viewing for Ara Nazhika (half an hour) under a banyan tree that belonged to a Christian family,Tharakanmar. There still exist a small temple where the idol was kept known as “Ara Nazhika Ambalam. The temple was consecrated on the Pushya star of Makara Masa. This day is celebrated as the founding day of the temple every year. It is believed that Lord Vishnu appeared as a saint to consecrate the temple. In Malayalam year 1096 the temple caught fire but the golden flag mast and the Koothambalam was saved from the fire. The temple was rebuilt during the reign of King Sree Chithira Thirunal Rama Varma. and the golden flag mast was re-installed.
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