Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Go Temple Touring in Kerala

Kerala, best known as the ‘God’s Own Country’, is not just abundant in natural beauty but also is rich in its age-old temples. Widely known for its uniqueness in customs, rituals, structure, offerings and festivals, the temples of Kerala are worth a visit on your next trip down south. Read more on some famous temples in Kerala.

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple:  Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this temple is located inside the east fort in Thiruvananthapuram. In the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, Sri Padmanabha reclines on the serpent Adi Sesha. The Lord holds a Shiva lingam on his right hand with his two consorts, Sridevi and Bhudevi, by his side. One of the most famous temples of Kerala, this temple is a must visit for any travel enthusiast.
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Guruvayoor Temple:  Known as the Dwaraka of South India, the Guruvayoor Temple harbours Lord Vishnu in the form of Krishna. An important place of worship for Hindus, the idol in this temple is a known for its form as revealed to Krishna’s parents Vasudeva and Devaki. Visit this temple for the sheer beauty of the great Guruvayoorappa.

Guruvayoor Temple

Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple:  Built in the year AD 790, the Ammbalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is known for its palpayasam nevaidyam. It is believed that Guruvayoorappan comes to this temple daily to have the payasam nevaidyam. So if you have a weakness for delicious payasams, Ambalapuzha is the place to be.

Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple

The three temples mentioned here are just a prelude to the long list of unique temples that are strewn across the beautiful state of Kerala. If you’re headed south, make sure temple hopping is amongst the top 5 things you would want to do in there.

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