Munnar is an asylum of peace and harmony .It is the blissful tourist destination and home to many ancient temples in God’s own country. These temples celebrate various festivals that are participated by a large number of people. The temples of Munnar are especially known for their festivals that are celebrated with great grandeur.
Sree Murugan Kovil / Subramanya Temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Subrahmanya, also known as Sree Muruga son of Lord Siva. Lord Muruga is the principal deity. The one day festival celebrated here is known as ‘Thrikkarthika Utsvam’. This temple located on a small hill was worshipped by the Muthuvan tribal community in the past. Later it was closed for a long time. But seeing the pathetic condition, the temple was renovated by the members of Travancore royal family when they came to visit Munnar during the summer season. Earlier Nambudiris held the tantric rights of the temple. At present the rights are held by local Tamil Brahmins. The temple is now administered by a committee of local Hindus.Three poojas are held every day including ‘Usha pooja’ in morning section, ‘Ucha pooja’ in noon section and ‘Attazha pooja’ in desk section. The annual festival ‘Thrikarthika’ is hosted in the Malayalam month of Vrischikam (i.e. November to December). Uthram asterism day in Meenam (i.e. March to April) is also an important festival. Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Good Health
- Become courageous
Sree Ayyapa Temple, Anachal, Munnar
Sree Ayyapa Temple is situated at Anachal, 15 km from Munnar. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. The six day annual festival commences with the ceremonial hoisting of the temple flag (Kodiyettam).
Santhigiri Sree Maheswari Temple, Adimali
This temple dedicated to Lord Siva is situated at Santhigiri at the heart of Adimali town. It celebrates a five day festival every year. The last day ‘Sivarathri’ is considered most auspicious for worship.
Sree Krishna Temple
This temple of Munnar is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is located at Peermade, 42 km from Kurnili. The annual festival here is celebrated for ten days. It starts with the hoisting of the temple flag (Kodiyettam). The last two evenings of the festival are marked by lively performances of Ottanthullal and Kavadiyattam. On the last night, the ‘Thidampu’ is taken out for the Arattu’ i.e. holy bath. It is a colourful procession with the Thidampu. It is ceremoniously carried on a caparisoned elephant along with the temple music, ‘Panchavadyam’, which indicates the conclusion of the festival.
Sree Dharmasastha Temple
This temple of Munnar is dedicated to Lord Dharmasastha. The deity is Ayyappa, who was born of Hari (Lord Vishnu) and Hara (Lord Shiva), with Hari assuming the form of a female (Mohini). This festival of Dharmasastha temple is celebrated with lots of pomp and gaiety. During the festival, ‘Ammankudam’ and ‘Thalappow’, ‘Garudanvaravu’, the folk rituals are performed, which represent the celestial bird, Garuda.
Sree Parthasarathy Temple
This temple is situated at Mundakkayam, around 65 km from Thekkady. It is dedicated to Lord Parthasarathy. The six-day annual festival of the temple begins with the ceremonial hoisting of the temple flag (Kodiyettam).
Sree Krishnaswamy Temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is located at the heart of Thodupuzha town. Every year, a ten day festival is celebrated in this temple. ‘Kathakali’ performances are also held on 5th and 6th days of the festival.
Thus, the festivals of Munnar are the occasions of enjoyment and excitement. All the above mentioned temples and their festivals attract pilgrims from various corners of India.
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