Chittoor Sree Krishnaswamy Temple
Lord Sri Krishna in a perfect form that appeared to Devaky and Vasudeva 5235 years ago in Mathura, India, chose 'Chidalayam, Chithpuram, or Chittoor as his favorite land and a built a temple, to please his devotee, Guruvayurappa Bhaktha, Moopil Narayanan Kartha.Narayanan was born in the family of Cheranelloor Swaroopam, known vegetarians, but strong, got training and took up arms like Kshatriyas to protect people of five territories, they ruled. He learned Sanskrit, Vedas, Upanishads, Shastras, Puranas and Upavedas.Narayanan grewup and chose 'Japayagaa' as his first commitment and visited many holy places and settled down at Guruvayur for decades, safeguarding himself to Guruvayurappan, as Sri Krishna of Vrindavana.
Narayanan was happy praying Guruvayurappan until he became the Senior -most male member(Moopil Kartha) of Cheranelloor Swaroopam .Family members requested him to return home and take new responsibility as Moopil Kartha. Moopil Narayanan Kartha did not want to leave Guruvayur, but he could not reject the responsibility as Moopil Kartha. Unable to take a decision he prayed Guruvayurappan for proper guidance. The guidance was in dream to him" I would not leave you, You go to your village, I will accompany you by riding on your bamboo umbrella. When you reach your village, wherever your umbrella touches the ground, build a temple there and I will appear for you during the noon-day pooja ceremony'
Moopil Narayanan Kartha started his journey to back to Cheranelloor village.When he reached the present site of the temple, due to tiredness, happened to place the umbrella on the ground.When he tried to lift umbrella, it won't move and he recalled his dream.Moopil Narayanan Kartha built only a small Sreekovil and a lonely Mandapam seven centuries ago.He collected Anjanasila from a pond in the vicinity and blessed carver sculptured it in a perfect Krishna form.
Moopil Kartha invited Guruvayurappan's Thanthri Chennas Nampoothiripad to install the Vigraha. as per vedic directions, Vigraha installed during Malayalam month'Meenam'and star 'Punartham'day .Moopil Kartha well pleased and brought precious gems and coins and articles in a gold plate to gift the Thanthri.When the Dhananm was done , Kartha gave away everything on the gold plate, inadvertedly, he did not give the gold plate.Thanthri blessed Moopil immediately the temple will be' bit below Guruvayur, as the 'dhanam' was incomplete.This incident disappointed Kartha very much and offered gold plate also to the Thanthri in anticipation of setsacting the two words. But this did not happen as everything played by Sri Krishna as his leela.
Narayanan kartha spent his left over years, praying to Krishna, and left this world for Vaikuntha. The later Karthas looked after the temple with intense bhakthi and fulfilled entire vision of Moopil Kartha for centuries after him.After so many years the temple was taken over by another devotee, the Rama Varma Maharaja of Cochin Royal family. Now the temple is under the administrative control of Cochin Devaswom Board.
Saraswathy temple, also known as the Mookambika Temple is situated in North Paruvur a small town in Kerala. It is one of the rare temples dedicated to Goddess Saraswathy (the Goddess for arts and learning) in Kerala. The 'srikovil' stands in the middle of a sacred lotus pool. At the corner of the Nalambalam (the inner wall) a Ganapati is enshrined and surrounding the nalambalam, there are idols of Subramanian, Mahavishnu, Yakshi, Hanuman and Veerabhadran. Besides this, a Ganapathi Temple is situated near the large sacred pool. The famous Navaratri festival is celebrated here with great fervor. The ten-day annual festival in kanni (October) starts from the Uttrattati asterism. Music festival and 'Vidyarambham' ceremony are the main features of this festival.
Kalady - Adi Sankaracharya
10kms away from Alwaye is a famous pilgrim center Kalady, situated on the banks of River Periyar, which is the birthplace of Adi Sankaracharya, the great Indian philosopher of the 8th century. There is a shrine dedicated to him in the name of Dakshimurthy and a temple of goddess Sharada. Also and ancient Shri Krishna Temple is situated close by, which was the family temple of Adi Sankaracharya, known as the International temple dedicated to Shri Ramakrishna. There is also a place situated there called the crocodile ghat, where this great philosopher took his vows of renunciation
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