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Sree Vallabha Temple, Thiruvalla
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Sreevallabha Temple, a highly orthodox Hindu Temple dedicated to Purusha as Lord Sreevallabhan, is one among the oldest and biggest Temples of Kerala and a major destination for devotees all over India for centuries. Located in Thiruvalla town of Pathanamthitta district, this ocean of orthodoxy is well known for its architectural grandeur and unique customs that can be found in no other temples. The stone-wooden carvings and fine mural paintings inside the temple are worth seeing. Being one among 108 Divya Desams, Sreevallabha temple has been glorified by Alvars and many other ancient works. It is considered to be the vallabha kshethram mentioned in Garuda Purana and Matsya Purana. Kathakali is played daily in the temple as an offering, pushing it to the top in India in terms of places where Kathakali is staged in largest number of days per year. Lord Vishnu appeared here as Sreevallabhan for sage Durvasa and Khandakarnan. Pleased by prayers of an old Brahmin lady Sreevallabhan incarnated as a brahmachari and killed the demon Thokalaasuran. Later the idol of Sreevallabhan worshipped by Lakshmi and Krishna has been installed in the temple in 59 BC. From then till date, the temple follows its own worship protocol that is known to be followed nowhere else yet. Sage Durvasa and Saptarishi are said to reach the temple every midnight for worshipping the Lord. The temple had governed one of the biggest educational institutions in ancient time and heavily contributed to the cultural and educational developments of Kerala
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  • This is an ancient temple, enshrining Sree Vallabha(lord vishnu) at Tiruvalla.The name Tiruvalla originates from the presiding deity Vallabha.One of the oldest,biggest temples in central kerala,the 8 ...  more »
  • Calm and spiritual place of Hindu Worship. Non-Hindus wont be allowed to enter the inner sanctum but they can walk outside the main sanctum where daily rituals occur. The place is huge and you can enj...  more »
  • being one of the 108 divyadesams this temple is a must visit attraction. it is also clean well maintained and has an elephant ! 
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  • Sree Vallabha Temple, located in Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta district, is one the famous Lord Vishnu temples in Kerala. It's learnt that Lord Vishnu's idol in this temple is very rare. Kathakali is one of the major offerings in this temple. Devotees offering Kathakali as a Vazhipadu to the major deity for various wishes.
  • My favourite place.. Full of positive energy..
  • It is a very ancient temple initially built in 2998 BC (>5000 years ago) for Sudharshana Moorthy (Sudharshana Chakra, the fierce form of Lord Vishnu). Many Archaeological findings suggest a thriving village around the temple around 3000 BC. It is one of the few temples with a separate Sudharshana deity. In this temple, Sudharshana Moorthy Lord is behind the main deity. We can feel the divinity by just standing for a few seconds in front of this Sudharshana deity.
  • Only temple in kerala where kathakali conducted through out the year
  • I Visit one time the SreeVallabha Temple Thiruvalla in Kerala