Koodalmanikyam Temple

This post was written by Mahi-Bhat on May 10, 2009
Posted Under: Temples

The Koodalmanikyam Temple is the only one in India dedicated to Bharatha, the brother of lord Sree Rama. This temple is situated in the Manavalassery village of Irinjalakuda and about ninekilometres from the Irinjalakuda railway station. It is almost 23kms from Thrisur, North Kerala.

It is believed that the temple was built at the beginning of Kaliyug’. The entire area was once a dense forest where learned sages, headed by ‘Kuleepini Maharshi’, lived and meditated. The temple walls are adorned with beautiful murals. There is also a ‘Koothambalam’, the theater for traditional temple art forms, in the temple courtyard. Woods for construction were provided by the Kochi king.

The temple is surrounded by a compound and the big walls of this are called ‘Anawayaran mathil’. There are ‘gopurams’ on the east, south and west side of the temple. On the north side is the holy kuleepini theertham. One specialty is there is no ‘upadevas’ in this temple.

This ancient temple with a unique deity hosts a colorful eleven-day annual festival with a display of twelve caparisoned elephants. Falling in April/May, this festival marks the end of Hindu festival season in Kerala.

Every year ‘ramayana prabhanda koothu’ is being conducted here.

Darshan is possible from 3am – 12 noon , and 5pm to 8pm . Important Vazhipatus(offerings) are Thamaramala , Brinjal Nivedyam , Vedi , Gheelamp , Meeunttu.

It is a special kind of visiting 4 temples in Kerala – Sreerama Temple at Triprayar(about 20kms away), Koodalmanickam Bharatha temple at Irinjalakuda, Lakshmana temple at Moozhikkulam in Ernkulam District(about 30kms away) and Payyammel Sathrughna temple near Irinjalakuda.

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Getting there:-

By road : Private buses and taxis are available from Irinjalakuda town.

By train : Nearest railway station is Irinjalakuda.

By air : Nearest airport is Cochin international airport.

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