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Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple, Pathanamthitta

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  • Parthasarathy Temple is on the left bank of the Pampa river in a traditional l village called Aranmula...Aranmula is 9 to 10 km west to Chengannur.its an old Temple among the Pancha Pandava Temples 
  • It is said that after Mahabharata battle, Arjun (middle of Pandavas) came here and penanced for the killing of his relatives. A Big Tulaman is seen hanging at the entrance of the temple as the practic...  more »
  • It is located near chengannur at approx distance of 10kms. It is a beautiful temple where lord Krishna will be in form of Parthasarathi ( Who drives the Chariot of Lord Arjuna). It also have lord Bala...  more »
  • If you are planning a visit to Kerala, you should surely not miss Aranmula. This place is famous for the Parthasarthy temple. The temple is located on the bank of Pamba river. The place is famous for the annual boat race festival which occurs immediately after Onam. Around 50,000 devotees visit it for the boat race festival. The river is quite shallow and can be crossed by walk. However small boats are available for crossing the river. The place is extremely serene and calm. Metal mirrors are quite famous here.
  • Known for parthsarathi mahabharatha charactor and the temple primaraly buit by arjuna Famous for vallasadya and boat race
  • Aranmula Parthasarathy temple is one of the great Krishna temples of Kerala. It is one of the divya sthalams of Sri vaishnavites , as some of the Azhwars(Ministels of God) have sung about this temple. It is a suburb of Kozenchery in Pathanamthitta district. Nearby important towns are Pathanamthitta (10 km), Pandalam (14 km) Chengannur (10 km). The nearest railway station is at Chengannur.There are few stories about the origin of the temple. It seems that after Parikshit the son of Abhimanyu who was made the king after the Mahabharatha war, it seemd the Pandavas visited Pamba river of Kerala with a view to propitiate their manes. It seems each of them consecrated a temple .While Yudhishtra consecrated the temple of Chengannur , Bheema consecrated Thirupuliyur temple, Arjuna Aranmula temple , Nakula Thiruvamundur temple and Nakula Thirukadithanam temple. It seems that the temple consecrated by Lord Arjuna fell in disuse and was covered with forest. At that time a man belonging to caste called Chaakans who were rowing down the Pamba river saw a very young Brahmachari Brahmin boy stranded in a forest shore of the Pamba river. When he wanted to go downstream, the boatmen built a raft using six Bamboos (Six-Aaru, Bamboo-mula) and reached the present place of the temple. Seeing the boy with a shining form, the local people received him with hospitality and made arrangements for him to stay in the shore of the river. It seems the boy was Lord Krishna himself and he raised the bank in to a small hill and consecrated the statue of Lord Krishna . which was consecrated earlier by Arjuna. Next day when people came he had vanished and they started worshipping the God there , Since the Boy came in a raft made of Bamboo or possibly because the Bamboo raft came floating in the aaru(river) , the place was called Aaranmula.. There is a belief that the Idol that has been consecrated in Aranmula is that of God as the driver of Arjuna(Partha Sarathy), though like the other usual parthasarathy statues , the idol does not hold a horse whip. There is a belief that , here the idol is of that Krishna who jumped out of his driver’s seat to kill Bheeshma with a discus in his hand. The idol is almost 6 feet tall. While some people say that the idol is made of blue granite yet others feel that it is made of a compound of concentrated jaggery. The idol has four hands. In the hand pointing above there is Sudarsana Chakra, one hand holds the conch and the other hands hold the mace and the lotus flower .In the year 1880 there was a big fire in the temple. Though it destroyed the entire temple , the idol was not affected. In 1883, the Karthika thirunal king rebuilt the entire temple in the way that it is seen now. The God is facing the east in this temple. He faces the Pambha river from whose shore you have to climb several steps. The temple also houses the temples of that of Dharma Sastha, Bhagwathi, Lord Bala Badhra and the Naga devathas. There are several important festivals in the temple. The main festival starts on the Hastha star in the month of Makaram (January-February) and lasts for ten days and on the tenth day, there is an Arattu(Ceremonial dipping of I uthsava idol in the river), The most important day of the festival is on the sixth day , when God is supposed to come out riding on Garuda. People believe that girls worshipping God on that day would have a very long wedded life. Another great festival takes place in the month of Vruschigam (November-December) for 12 days is the festival of Kalabham and Vilakku. This is also called “Panthrandu Kalabham( 12 Kalabham) “. It is believed that this was started by the great Marthanda Vema king of Travancore. On these days, the Idol of God Parthasarathy is anointed by sandal paste(Kalabham) In the evening each day the idol is dressed as one of the Dasavatharas. However the biggest festival of the temple is Aranmula Vallam. Vallam means boat and there is a boat race in the river on the Uthrattathi day.
  • Your entry to this temple will most probably have "The Ramayana" being read out in the background. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and it is one of the few temple's with the idol seated in a "peetom (pillar)" which makes the idol in a position of being higher than eye level of a devotee. Also, the temple is situated on the banks of the holy river "pamba". This is also the temple with a "kuzhi ambalam (a temple in a height below the normal ground level of other idols)" for Lord balrama. The main vazhipadus are "thrikkai venna", "thulhabaram", "vallha sadhya", "pal-payasam", "nei vilakku", among a big list. It's a beautiful temple with a lot of history embedded within its walls.
  • One of the best Sree Krishna Swami Temples of central travencore. Very good ambience for all devoted people