Kandankkavu is located in the opposite (east) direction of the famous Olarikkara Sree Bhagavathi Temple. There is a mystic myth about the Kandankkavu. Sree Kandan was a dangerous manthrikan or Sorcerer from the “Umma Pilly” Nair Tharavadu (Tharavadu means ancestral home) in Chetupuzha. Due to misuse of the manthras for evil spirits he died prematurely. His soul created plenty of problems to Umma Pilly Tharavadu. Unable to bear the problems created by the spirit of Sree kandan the family surrendered in Olarikkara Sree Bhagavathi’s feet seeking shelter. Subsequently the evil spirit of Sree kandan was controlled by Temple Velichappadu by absorbing his soul in a mudpot and buried him in the backyard of the temple. Ultimately Sree Kandan became the devi’s devotee and blessed with the title “Vettothikkaran”. Whenever the devotees worship Sree Bhagavathy and make offering, they offer an oil lamp to Sree Kandan. The main offering of Kandankkavu is “kalasam”.
Olarikkara Sree Bhagavathi Temple is one of the famous temple which is situated at Olari or Olarikkara in Thrissur District, Kerala, South India. The temple is 4 kms away from Thrissur town and is situated amidst of serenic beauty in natural environment in vast ground facing the east. Four Desams or places come under Olarikkara Thattakam. These are Ayanthole, Olarikkara, Pullazhy and Puthurkkara.
Important Festivals are
Thalappoli – First Friday in January after 16th in month of Dhanu
Makara Chovva – The first Tuesday of the Makara after twenty days of Parapurappadu
Prathishttadinam – On hastham day in month of Meena accompanied with melam and prasadam distribution.
Navaham – Discourse of devi charitham in the month of Karkadakam
Navarathry – Laksharchana , Durgapooja in the month of Kanni
Sarpakkavu Prathikhttadinam – On the first Ayilliam day in month of Kumbha
Illam Nira – On Sunday after new moon in the month of Karkadakam.
Mandalam Kalam Ezhuthu Pattu from Vrischikam first until Thalappoli festival.
The Temple Timings are as shown below.
The temple opens at 5:00 am.
Usha Pooja at 7:30 am
Ucha Pooja at 11 am
closes after Uchha Pooja.
The temple opens at 5 PM in the evening followed by Deeparadhana,Chuttu Vilakku and Athazha Pooja at 7:15 PM
The temple closes at 8 PM.
Sree Kannampuzha Bhagavathy (Bagavathy) Temple is located in Chalakudy, Thrissur dist, Kerala. Its one of the most important temples in Chalakudy. Over looking the Chalakudy River, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali, other sub Deities include Lord Siva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Sastha. Thalappoli celebrated in Kumbham Month (Feb- March) is one of the important festivals in this temple, having elephant processions, melam etc, attracts hundreds of people.
No one quite knows how old the temple is. The temple has been recently renovated but the Kerala style of architecture is still intact.
Thrissur Pooram is perhaps one of the largest and most spectacular poorams in Kerala. It was started in 1798 by Raja Rama Varma or Sakthan Thampuran. This happened when Temples from around Thrissur was denied access to the Arattupuzha Pooram when they came late due to heavy rains. Sakthan Thampuran put the temples into two groups “Paramekkavu side” and “Thiruvambady side”.
The Thiruvambadi side consists of Thiruvambady Sri Krishna Temple, Kanimangalam Sastha Temple, Laloor Bhagavathy Temple, Sree Karthyayani Temple at Ayyanthole and Nethilakkavu Baghavathy Temple. The Paramekkavu side consists of Paramekkavu Bagavathi Temple, Chembukkavu Bhagavathy Temple, Panamukkumpally Sastha Temple, Choorakkottukavu Bhagavathy Temple and Pookattikkara – Karamukku Baghavathy Temple.
This is a 36 hour long festival and if you haven’t seen Thrissur Pooram, please put this in your bucket list.
Below are some of the pictures or photos of Thrissur Pooram.
Sree Durga Bhagavathi (or Bhagavathy) Temple is located in Valarkavu, Thrissur district, Kerala. Its around 4km away from Thrissur Swaraj round (via the Mannamangalam road). The diety here is considered to be the sister of Kuttanellur Bhagavathi. Below are some of the pictures or photos of this temple.