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Temples in Kerala

There are several temples in Kerala that are a living testimony to its rich cultural heritage and architectural grandeur. The Dravidian architectural style of Kerala temples is awe inspiring which is characterized by excellent carvings on their huge Gopurams (temple towers) and the excellent wooden and stone carving work on the temple walls, gates, roofs and sanctum sanctorum. Some of the temples of Kerala are more than a thousand year old, while some of the rock cut temples were constructed during the reign of Cheras in 3 BC.


Most of the Kerala temples are devoted to Shiva-Vishnu deities while several temples have the idols of goddess Bhagvathi and Sastha installed in them. Shiva is worshipped in both in iconic and non iconic form of Shiva Lingam. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple of Thiruvananthapuram is not only a World Heritage Site but also the richest temple of the world, with its current inventory estimates going up to Rs. 1.2 trillion or US$22.8 billion.

The script in most of the ancient Kerala temples is mostly Vattezhuttu while Malayalam script found its way in temple inscriptions from 16th century onwards. Ancient temples have used stones, bricks, mud and wood as medium of construction, providing serenty and sanctity to the temple complexes. The natural approach to temple construction of Kerala temples will lead you to the old-word charm. The sustenance of early Vedic moorings and practices in temples causes the devotees to transpose into an altogether different world of divine grace and beauty. Works of Alwar and Nayanmar saints have elaborate reference to temples in Kerala.


Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple

Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple was built by the local ruler Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran in 790 AD. It is located in Alappuzha (Alleppey) district of Kerala in South India. It is famous for its traditional temples in Kerala style of temple architecture and milk porridge called Paal paayasam which is exceptionally sweet.

Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple

Chottanikkara Bhagvathi Temple is devoted to Goddess Rajarajeshwari who is also known as Adiparashakthi. It is located 17 km from Ernakulam in Kerala. The temple deity is worshipped in three forms during the day as Saraswati in the morning when she is draped in white cloth, Lakshmi at the noon time when she is draped in crimson cloth and Durga in evening when she is draped in blue clothing.

Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple

The script in most of the ancient temples in Kerala is mostly Vattezhuttu while Malayalam script found its way in temple inscriptions from 16th century onwards. Ancient Kerala temples have used stones, bricks, mud and wood as medium of construction, providing serenty and sanctity to the temple complexes. The natural approach to temple construction of Kerala temples will lead you to the old-word charm.

Mannarasala Snake Temple

Mannarsala Snake Temple is located 3 km off Haripad on national highway No. 47 in Alappuzha (Alleppey) district of Kerala in southern India. The ancient temple is renowned all over the world as a pilgrimage center for the snake charmers and the devotees of serpent god Nagaraja.

Attukal Bhagavathy Temple in Trivandrum

Attukal Bhagvathi Temple in Trivandrum is located 2 km off Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The temple has earned the sobriquet of "Sabaramala of Women" after being listed in the Guinness Book of World Records on 23 February 1997 to have the largest gathering of women in the world.

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is located in Thirvananthapuram, Kerala in South India and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is the most prominent of the 108 Divya Deshams (Holy abodes of Lord Vishnu) in India. The Dravidian Kovil architecture of the temple is glorified further with its ornate Gopurams (temple towers). Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is most famous temples in Kerala.