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Sri Ramasun Temple

One the single most important hindu temples in Kerala and a pilgrimage site of millions The Guruvayur Shri Krishna Temple (Malayalam ഗുരുവായൂര് ശ്രീകൃഷ്ണ ക്ഷേത്രം) is one of the most important and sacred pilgrim centres of Kerala. Located in the Guruvayur town of Trissur district in Kerala (south India) it is easily accessible by road and rail. The presiding deity is MahaVishnu, in standing posture with four hands carrying Sankhu, Sudarshana chakram ,lotus and mace. He is worshipped as Unnikrishna, the full avatar (Purnaavatara) of Mahavishnu . The idol is made of a rare stone known as patalaanjana. The temple is built in a typical Kerala temple architecture. Vishwakarma, the divine architect is said to have built the first temple here. He built the temple in such a manner that Surya(Sun) himself pays obeisance to Vishnu on Vishu the malayalam new year day. On the Vishnu day, the first rays of Sun fall directly at the feet of Vishnu. The main entrance to the temple is through the eastern side. There is also an entrance from western side. The idol is visible from the main entrance itself. The temple opens at 3.00 am. The elaborate poojas goes upto 1 in the after noon. The temple is closed from 2 to 4 pm. The night closure is after 8.30 pm. There is a regular arangement for feeding the devotees ( Prasada 0otu) every day.      Book Now



Arthat St Marys Cathedral

Arthat St Marys Orthodox Cathedral aka Arthat Valiyapally is an ancient church located in Arthat village of Thalapilly Taluk, one mile south of Kunnamkulam town, Thrissur, Kerala, India. This church is also known as Chattukulangara pally. It is believed that this church is the most ancient church in this region and founded at least 1000 years ago. It should be noted that this church didnt participate in the Synod of Diamper. During the invasion of Tippu Sultan the church was arsoned and later reconstructed. The tradition states that St Thomas came to a region near present day Kunnamkulam called Paloor or Judakkunnu (Yahuda kunnu) where Jews were colonized. He preached gospel to the Jews and many were converted to Christianity. The Jewish Synagogue in that area was later converted to a Christian church. This church was known as Chattukulangara pally. When St Thomas came to Judakunnu (Jew hill), there occurred a water scarcity in that area at that time. People were in great distress and they appealed to St Thomas for help. He whipped on the land on the top of the hill and there appeared a spring of fresh water. This was later called Chattakkulam. (ml:ചാട്ടക്കുളം ) and the church near to it came to be known as Chattakkulangara pally.      Book Now


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