Vadakkunnathan Temple, Thrissur

Vadakkunnathan temple is located in Thekkinkadu Maidan, in the middle of Thrissur town, Kerala, South India. The temple comes under the jurisdiction of Cochin Devaswom Board. According to folklore, Vadakkunnathan temple is the first Shiva temple which was created by Lord Parasurama. The temple is surrounded by a massive stone wall enclosing an area of nearly 9 acres.

There are four gopurams facing four cardinal directions. Of these, the gopurams on the south and north are not open to the public. The South is only opened for Thrissur Pooram. Inside in the inner temple, the main diety is Lord Shiva, as Shiva lingam facing west. Right behind is Godess Parvathi facing east. Lord Ganapathi facing the kitchen in the east direction. Then Lord Sankaranarayan and Lord Shri Rama facing west. Outside there are shrines for Lord Krishna, Nandikeswara, Parashurama, Simhodara, Ayyappa, Vettekkaran, Sarpakkavu, Adi Shankara etc. There is also Koothambalam which is said to have been built by Perumthachan.

This temple is an example of the classical Kerala style of architecture featuring outstanding murals of the 17th century echoing the story of Mahabharata. The wood carved vignettes are displayed in the Koothambalam and shrines. This temple was declared as a national monument by India.

The temple opens daily at 4:00 AM, closes at 11:00 AM, reopens at 4:30 PM and closes at 8.20 PM after ‘Trippuka’. The dress code is liberal, you can wear pants. But you will have to remove your shirt while entering the inner temple.

These photos or pictures were taken during the Deepanjali Festival.

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