Location: Tripunithura (10 kms from Ernakulam)
Highlights: It is said to be built by the Arjuna of Mahabharata
and is also famous for its annual festivals
How to Reach: Cochin International Airport is located 20 km
away. It is also well connected by road, rail and ferry from Kochi city.
The famous Poornathrayeesa Temple is located at Tripunithura, lying at
a distance of about 10 kms to the southeast of Ernakulam. Dotted with a
number of temples, Tripunithura is often also referred to as the Land of
Temples and the Poornathreyesa Temple is one of them. It is said that
the mighty Arjuna, of the legendary Indian epic Mahabharata, built this
temple. The deity here is Maha Vishnu, who is reverently also called as
Sree Poornathrayeesa. This temple is one of the three famous Vishnu
temples in Kerala.
Apart from being a sacred place of worship for the Hindus,
Poornathrayeesa Temple is also famous for its annual festivals. The main
festival is the Vrishchikoltsawam, which takes place in the month of
November/December. Apart from the usual procession of decorated
elephants taken out on the fourth day, a golden pot is also kept on a
raised platform. It is believed that the person who makes offerings here
gets good luck in return.
The other popular festival celebrated here is the Athachamayam. It is
held during the harvest festival of Onam and is celebrated with a lively
procession and traditional dances like Pulikkali. During the celebration
of both these festivals at the Poornathrayeesa Temple of Kerala,
thousands of devotees come here. The history of the temple dates back to
more than 10 decades ago, when it was almost ruined by a major fire
during the early 1900s. The current temple is the revamped one.
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