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Sree Narayanmangalam Dharmasastha Temple

Sree Narayanamangalam Dharma Sastha Temple dates back to 55 years, was founded by Sree T.K Narayanan Nair, Thazhemannil House, Elanthoor is considered to be an ancestral shrine. Sree Ramachandran Nair son of Late T. K. Narayanan Nair, is the present priest and custodian of the temple. He took charge of the temple on 1 September, 1983. It is believed that Sree T.K. Narayanan Nair had climbed the holly hillock of Sabarimala and worshiped Lord Ayyappa 67 times. Lore is there that, being an ardent devotee of Lord Ayyappa, Sree T.K.Narayanan Nair constructed this temple hoping that it should facilitate him to worship Lord Ayyappa (presiding deity of this temple) at a later stage when he becomes senile (old) and in invalid (sick) to climb the holly hill of Sabarimala.

Lord Ayyappa is the presiding deity of this temple. The holly idol was installed and consecrated according to the strict adherence of the rules of Tantra Shastra and Shadadhara. Ganapati, Devi, Maladeva, Nagaraja and Nagayakshiamma are the sub-deities. One can see 19 balikkallu here. There is a holly mast and an ancient natural pond in the temple precinct. The ritualistic Aarattu of Sree Bhagavathikkunnu Devi is performed in this holly pond. The customary pujas and rituals of this temple are not performed by specially appointed priest or Nampoothiris.

Every year the kodiyettu, holly flag hosting, of the seven day festival will be held on the 14 day the Malayalam month makaram and draws to a close on 20th. The temple authorities have plans to extent this seven day festival to 10 day. The devotees on each day of festival offer annadanam, para-ezhunnallippu and perform other cultural activities. On the sixth day of the festival pettathullal is performed. The pettathullal is taken out as a procession from Dharmashastha temple to Ganapati Temple. The main procession is observed on the seventh day, marking the culmination of the festival. A procession with the accompaniment of a golden caparisoned elephant set off afternoon from the main temple and reaches at Kuranthatti Kottaram (Kuranthatti Palace) at 5 p.m. and back up to the Dharma Sastha temple at 11 a.m. The return journey to the temple from the palace will be devoid of pomb and ostentations. The main part of a ritual is a grant procession of foot carrying the idol of Dharmasastha atop the golden caparisoned elephant. At Kuranthatti palace devotees engaged in prayers to receive Dharmasastha. Thousands of devotees attached to the Dharmasastha temple engage in prayers and austensities to accompany the Dharmasastha idol to Kuranthatti palace.

Every year on the first day of medom the Malayalam month a ritualistic kalam pooja (earthen vessel Pooja) is done. The Aalavattom (ornamental fan made of peacock feathers), Anki, Nettippattom (golden caparison) are under the full ownership of temple authorities and they are only used in this annual festival. Besides Sree Kovil the temple has a wide chuttambalam (second enclosure) and Aanakkottil.

Sree Mahavishnu Temple opens 5:30 AM every day
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Important Poojas
Neeranjanam is performed on all days here. Neeranjanam offered on Saturdays is believed to be the more particular and divine. Neeranjan will be performed specially as per the request of the devotees.
Important offerings
  • Archana – along with archana prasadam, thrimadhuram is also distributed.
  • Neeranjanam.
  • Ellupayasam (sesame payasam) and vellachoru.
  • Kalabhacharthu – Kalabhcharthu is performed on every day of Aayilyam and Uthram in the Malayalam month.
  • Narangamala (lemon garland), Kadalippazhamala (garland of special plantain) and customary garland are also offered to the deity.

On the first day of all the Malayalam month narangamala, kadalippazhamala and customary garland are also offered to the deity. With each and every offerings thrimadhuram is also offered to the deity and served to the devotees as prasadam. Noorum Palum is the important offering for Nagaraja and Nagayakshi.

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Sree Mahavishnu Temple

Sree Mahavishnu Temple, situated at Elanthoor, a small hamlet in Pathanamthitta Districtis considered as an ancestral temple. This centuries old temple was once owned by Peruvam Devaswam. Tradition is that their once a dacoits attacked the temple and looted the valuables and destroyed its holly mast and Ballikallu since then the temple was left abandoned for many years. In 2012, the temple was renovated and ritualistic consecration ceremony was performed. It is believed that,”Pradoshavradham” was performed here. Sree Bhagavathikkunnu Devi Temple is situated on the eastern direction around 200 meters far from Sree Mahavishnu temple. There is an ancient pond known as Pervam pond infront of this temple. Years ago this shrine was surrounded by paddy lands and ponds. But a new constructed road separated them into two. Decades ago, the pooja ceremony of the Bhagavathikkunnu Devi temple were done only after pooja rituals of Sree Mahavishnu Temple. Lord Vishnu is depicted with four hands holding Shanku (Conch), Gadha (Cudgel), Sudarshan Chakra (a spinning, disk-like weapon) and Thamara (Lotus) in each. The consecration day of the temple is observed on rohini nakshatra in the Malayalam month of medam, as a prelude to the ten day long Dashavathara Charthu maholsavam. This offerings and ritual of Dashacathara Charthu are done by devotees.
Temple opens 5:00 AM every day
Time Poojes
Morning 5.00 - 10.30 AM
Evening 5.00 - 8.00 PM
Important Poojas
Palpayasam, thrimadhuram, thrikkiivenna and thulasimala

Palpayasam: A sweet preparation of rice and milk

Thrimadhuram: A combination of Kadhalippazham, Kalkkandam, honey and ghee.

Thrikkiivenna: Pure ghee is put in the right hand of the idol of Lord Vishnu and later it is distributed among the devotees as Prasadam.

Sub-Deity: Lord Shiva

Lord Shiva is the main sub-deity of the temple. Salagramam is enshrined and worshiped here. So Mahashivarathi festival is being celebrated every year. Twelve edangazhi rice is cooked and distributed to devotees as annadanam. Malarnivedhyam and Dhara are the only two offerings to sub-deity Lord Shiva.

The ritualistic Sapthaham was performed in the last there consecutive year.Laksharchana will be held next year in the month of Chingam. Five priest put sacred earthen pot at six in the early morning marking the beginning of the Laksharchana celebrations. Each one of the priests, repeat chant the holy mantra ‘Vishnu Sahasranamam’ for 7 times and the Laksharchana will come to an end with abhishekam. And the sanctum will be closed with Deeparadhana. All the poojas and rituals of this temple are performed as per tantric sastra.

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. – Swami Vivekananda

Sree Nagarajapuram Temple, Elanthoor

Time stand still in an around, the Sree Nagarajapuram Temple, situated at Elanthoor East facing behind the Sree Bhadrakali Devi Temple and Sree Mahavishnu Temple. Days back to history it was only a Nagathara. In 1954 it was renovated and a Bhajanamadom was built adjacent nagathara where the Kurava Community. In 1998 the idols of Nagaraja and Nagayakshi were installed and consecrated according to Thantra Shasthra and Shadadhara and evening rituals started following the repeated request of devotees. A “Peedom” (a small raised platform) was erected for Kalleli Appoppan (a hill God). In 2013 an idol of Lord Siva (Siva lingam) was curved in granite and installed.

Every evening the temple priest light a holly lamp and offers flowers here. On the day of Aayilyam in the Malayalam month of Vrishchikam the head priest perform ritualistic offering of noorum palum and other related pooja ceremonies. The head priest will lead all the rituals. The shrine is protected and controlled by the All Kerala Sidhanar Society (branch no.478). Every month, on the first day and Aayilyam day, ritualistic deeparadhana will be performed from 15 Edavam to the end of Karkidaka a holly lamp is lighted as per Tantra Sastra customary poojas are offered to the sub-deities.

Temple opens 5:30 AM every day
Morning05.00 AM - 10.30 AM
Evening05.00 PM - 08.00 PM

Important Poojas
  • Archana
  • Manjalpodi Abhishekam (turmeric powder)
  • Varappodi Abhishekam
  • Nilavara payasam (on the request of devotees)
  • Udayada (pattu charthal)
Kalleli Appooppan
  • Thampoolam
  • Oorali padayani (on the request of devotees)
Mahadevan (Lord Siva)
  • Koovalamala charthal
  • Pushparchana
  • Udayada
  • Jaladhara
We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. – Swami Vivekananda

Sree Mahaganapathi Temple, Elanthoor

This decades old Mahaganapathi Temple located at Elanthoor, small hamlet at Pathanamthitta district, is a marker of culturally ancient period. According to legend once it was a ‘Nagathara’, where the Mahaganapathi was worshiped along with Naga Goddess. Later it was renovated and dedicated to Sree Mahaganapathi.

Ganapathy – son of Shiva and Parvathy, is one of the popular deities worshipped by Hindus. Ganapathy Puja was prevalent in Kerala since the ancient times. All temple events and other good events starts with a Ganapathy Homam or by breaking a coconut in front of Lord Ganesha.

Ganesha is the God of Knowledge and is invoked at the commencement of any function. He is the god that protects his devotees from any obstacles (vighnam). Hence the name Vighneswara. He is also described as the Supreme Leader (Vinayaka).Ganapathy is said to have had two spouses. Buddhi (intellect) and Siddhi (achievement). Thus he is the master of knowledge and achievement. As Ekadanta, the Lord has limitless powers. As Heramba, he removes obstacles. As Lambodara, He protects all worlds. As Surpa Karna, He shows compassion by giving the highest knowledge. All these names for Lord Vinayaka, who is the Lord of all.

The Lord has four hands. In one hand he has a rope (ankusha) while in another he has an axe. With the axe he cuts off the attachment of his devotees to the world of plurality and thus end all the sorrows that go with it. The rope is used to pull the devotee close and closer to the Truth. The holding of the ankusha represents His rulership of the world. It is the emblem of divine Royalty. In a third hand he holds a rice ball that represents the joys of Sadhana. With the other hand he blesses his devotees and protects them from obstacles that they may encounter on their Spiritual path of seeking the Supreme.

The present sanctorum of this temple was designed by renowned film maker Sri. Rajeev Anjal and was dedicated to the devotees by Kappil Sri. Balakrishnana Nair (Gandhimathi Balan) in 1984. A famous astrologer Dr. Udayakumar, Thrikkunnapuzha conducted a Devapreshnam in March 2011 and suggested some immediate atonement rites. Following this Sri. AV Shivan, an exponent of Vasthu Gurukulam, Aranmula designed the complete arch structure and structural plan of the temple. I was found that a new Nagathara should be constructed outside the sanctum and the idles of Nagaraja, Nagayakshi and Balanagam are to be installed. The sanctum sanctorum should be renovated in accordance with the principles laid down by Vastushatra and Shilpastra, Devapreshnam said. The Devapreshnam found also found that a Sevapanthal (Aanakottil), a Chuttumathil (an enclosure wall), an Alankaragopuram, a Manikkinar, a Thidappalli and a Devaswom office to be constructed. Then the temple authorities and renovation committee has been resolved to complete the renovation work in two phases. The first phase of renovation work of the temple is the construction of the sanctum in Krishnashila covered with hundreds of stone figures of mythological gods and goddesses. The Gopuram would be constructed in pure teakwood and encrusted with copper and bronze. The idol of Mahaganapathi would be installed in the sanctum sanctorum in accordance with the principles laid down by Shadadhar consecration. The first phase of renovation of the temple has been completed. After the completion of the renovation processes, some other constructions have to be done, which is in the second phase. The idol of Mahaganapathi is depicted as ‘Gajasunu’ and ‘Vakrathunda’ inside the sanctum, which is renovated with a golden dome atop of it and a hooded golden Nagas (serpent), each facing towards four horizons. The wall of the sanctum is engraved with figures of Dwarapalakas.

The second phase of renovation of the temple comprises construction of Namaskara Mandapam, Alankaragopuram with a temple treasury, enclosure wall with Chuttuvilakku, Thidapalli and renovation of temple courtyard. The total cost of the renovation of the temple is estimated to approximately one crore rupees.

Sree Mahaganapathi Temple opens 5:30 AM every day
Time Poojes
Morning 5.00 - 10.30 AM
Evening 5.00 - 8.00 PM

Important Poojas

  • Mahaganapathi Homam
  • Annadanam
  • Thulabharam
  • Deeparadhana

Special Festivals

  • Meena Chadurthimaholsavam and Mahaganapathi Homam
  • Vrichikachirappu – 41 days long
  • Pradishtamaholsavam (Annual festival) on Aswathi day in Malayalam month of Meenam
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