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Pathira Kunnathu Mana

Serpent worship is common among Hindus. It is particularly common among the Hindus of Kerala. The state has several temples dedicated to the worship of serpents (nagas). The most famous among these are the...

Cherpulassery Ayyappan Kavu

Cherpulassery Ayyappan Kavu is the most famous Ayyppan temple in the Malabar region (the districts Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram and Kozhikkode) of Kerala. Another specialty of this temple is that it is one of the...

Guruvayoor Ekadasi 2016

The month long Ekadasi celebrations have begun at the Sree Krishna Temple at Guruvayoor. The celebrations started with the ceremonial lighting of Ekadasi Vilakku on November 10, 2016. This year Guruvayoor Ekadasi will be...

Who is Darma Sastha?

Of all the Sastha temples in South India, the Sree Dharma Sastha Temple at Sabarimala is the most famous. The deity of this temple is popularly called Swami Ayyappan. The word Sastha simply means...

Kalpathy Chariot Festival 2016

It is festival season at Kalpathi. The annual chariot festival (ratholsavam) at the Sree Viswanatha Swamy Temple attracts tens of thousands of devotees and tourists to this small town near Palakkad district. This traditional...

Lakshmana Perumal Temple at Thirumoozhikkulam

Lakshmana Perumal Temple at Thirumoozhikkulam is one of the four temples that devotees visit in the month of Karkidakam as part of the sacred Nalambalam Thozhal pilgrimage. Since Lakshmana is the third of the...

Nhanghattiri Bhagavathi Temple

Situated on the banks of River Nila (Bharatapuzha), Nhanghattiri Bhagavathi Temple is one of the 108 Durga Temples consecrated by Parasuram. It is also one of the most famous temples dedicated to the Goddess...