Vadakkumnatha Temple Thrissur

Vadakkunnathan temple in Thrissur is a wonderful temple to visit. It is one of the major attractions of Thrissur town. This beautiful temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva but also has shrines of Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha, Lord Krishna and Lord Rama. It is one of the biggest temples in the town. The temple serves as the venue for the famous festival of Thrissur, Thrissur Pooram.

Thrissur Pooram is a major festival of Kerala which is celebrated with great enthusiasm. This colourful and vibrant festival is marked with elephants and fireworks. It is celebrated during April/May. The beautifully adorned (with flowers and ornaments) elephants are one of the major draws of the festival. Mesmerising cultural dances and other art forms are also the main attractions of the festival.

It is one of the most colourful and vibrant festivals of Kerala. A large number of devotees and tourists come to see the charm of this festival. The beautifully decorated elephants from several neighbouring temples are taken to the Vadakumnathan temple in the processions. The must-see procession is the procession of the Krishna temple at Thiruvanbadi. This festival was first celebrated by Sakthan Thampuran, the king of the erstwhile Kochi state.

Vadakkunnathan is an ancient temple reflecting a classy example of Kerala style of architecture. The temple sprawls over an area of 9 acre and is bordered by fortified walls which are pierced with entrance gates on all the four sides. The theatre hall near the entrance gate in the west is a must see attraction of the temple.

The temple is around 1,000 years old and is believed to be built by Lord Parashurama, one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. The temple houses the statue of Lord Shiva which is covered with a mount of ghee. The mount is formed as a result of the daily ablution over the years. The mount is 16 foot high and is adorned with gold and three serpent hoods. It is said that it represents the sacred Mount Kailash.

Thrissur is a wonderful town of Kerala which is popularly known as the cultural capital of Kerala. Its rich cultural heritage and glorious history attract tourists from far and wide. A visit to this town will surely leave you with a memorable travel experience which you will remember for long. This destination can be easily reached by road, rail or air from most of the cities of India. The town also boasts of an Archaeological museum and the Shakthan Thampuran Palace.

Vadakkumnatha temple is one of the famous attractions of Thrissur. It is a beautiful temple known to be the venue for the famous Thrissur Pooram festival. Other Thrissur tour attractions are archaeological museum and Shakthan Thampuran Palace.

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