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Pandavanpara Temple

Pandavanpara, one of the most popular destinations in the South Indian state of Kerala, is believed to be the hiding spot of Pandavas, of the Mahabharata fame, and thus holds great religious significance for Hindus.There are several interesting rock structures here, which are not only visually delightful, but also hold great historical, spiritual and architectural significance. There is also a very famous temple in Pandavanpara, the residing deity being Lord Krishna.Useful information for tourists.There are numerous lodging options available for tourists and devotees in Chengannur, which are neat as well as pocket-friendly.The place is most crowded during the Hindu festival of Janmashtami, which is the birthday of Lord Krishna.It is located approximately 2km from the town of Chengannur in Alappuzha district, and is nearly 3km away from the Chengannur Railway Station. Chengannur Mahadeva temple, situated about 5 km south of Thiruvalla, is located in Alappuzha district. Lord Shiva and his wife Goddess Parvathy share the sanctum sanctorum of this temple. The Thripootha Arattu Festival is celebrated here with great festivity. .There are several interesting rock structures here, which are not only visually delightful, but also hold great historical, spiritual and architectural significance. There is also a very famous temple in Pandavanpara, the residing deity being Lord Krishna.      Book Now



Mahadeva Temple

Chengannur Mahadeva Temple (also called Bhagavathy Temple) is a prominent Hindu temple, dedicated to Shiva and located in the town of Chengannur in the South Indian state of Kerala. The temple is one of the major Shiva temples in Kerala counted along with the Ettumanoor Mahadevar Temple, Kaduthruthy Mahadeva Temple, Vaikom Temple, Ernakulam Shiva Temple and Vadakkunathan temple. The temple is popularly counted as one of the major Bhagavathy temples in Kerala. The temple celebrates a rare menstruation festival for Bhagavathy, called Thripputhu, during when the temple is closed for three days during the irregular menstruation of the deity. There are five daily poojas done in temple, three Sarabalies for Shiva and three for Bhagavathy. Tantric worship is done by Thazhaman. The yearly festival is celebrated during the December-January which lasts 28 days.As per Hindu legend, Bhagavathy is considered as the god of Kerala and protector of masses. It is believed that Parvathi, the consort of Shiva, came here after getting married to him in the Himalayas. Parvathi got her menstrual period for 28 days. Bhagavathy is thus considered a reincarnation of Sati, where her Kamakya fell in the North.The temple is built in Kerala style architecture, which is common in all temples in the South Indian state of Kerala. The temple has a two storeyed gopuram or a gateway tower, with the upper storey having wooden trails covering the Kottupura (a hall of drum beating during festivals).      Book Now



Bhagavathy Temple

Chengannur is a small municipal town tucked in the extreme eastern part of Alappuzha, Kerala. It may not be as popular as other towns of Kerala, but its religious importance has grabbed the attention of many pilgrims in different parts of India. The sanctum sanctorum of Chengannur Bhagavathy is a sprawling temple complex, which is believed to be the oldest and most famous in Alappuzha. The two presiding deities, Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati are worshipped by devotees for wealth, prosperity and better living. The structure of the temple was laid centuries ago. Unfortunately the temple complex got damaged by fire in the 18th century and renovation work was undertaken later on.       Book Now



Valiya Koyikkal Palace

This palace is situated at a distance of 14 kilometres from Chengannur. It is located in the holy town of Pandalam. It is believed that lord Ayyappa, the well-known character of Sabarimala, used to reside here. He disguised himself as the son of Maharaja Pandalam. It is believed to be a holy place. The ornaments of the deities of Sabrimalai Sastha have been preserved here for many years.Today, the palace houses a Folklore Museum and a Numismatics Museum set up by the Department of Archaeology. The Folklore Museum, a treasure house of quaint musical instruments, occupational implements, household utensils, models of folk arts etc., was set up in 1992. The exhibits here draw attention to the rich cultural background of Kerala. The exhibits include rare articles like Chandravalayam (not found in any other such museum in Kerala), a small percussion instrument used as an accompaniment while reciting the ballad Ramakathappattu (the story of Lord Sree Rama); and Nanthuni , a sweet sounding musical instrument made of wood and string used while singing the Onappattu and Nanthunippattu during Onam the harvest festival of Kerala.      Book Now


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