The temple is also called Thirumoozhikulam Sri Lakshmanaperumal Temple, which is located Thirumoozhikulam, Ernakulam district of Kerala and also revered as one of the 108 Divya Desam Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
About the Temple
The temple complex enclosed in a large area with picturesque surroundings holds the main sanctum dedicated to Lakshmana Perumal. The sanctum sanctorum of the main shrine houses the idol of Maha Vishnu. The main annual festival for ten days each year in the month of Medam (April/May). The temple is under the administration of the Travancore Devaswom Board. The Moozhikkalathaan Perumal temple is closely associated with Ramayana, one of the two great works of Indian literature. It was believed that the idols of Sreerama, Bharatha, Lakshmana and Shathrukhna were the solemn idols of Lord Krishna. At the end of the Dvapara Yuga, Dvaraka (one of the Sapta Puri, seven sacred cities of Hinduism), were descended into the sea. And it was said that the four idols were found near Thriprayar by some fishermen. The idols were given to Vakkay Kaimal, landlord of that region. One night Vakkay Kaimal had a dream in which a person appeared before him and told that the four idols have been washed ashore and these idols should be installed in four different places. The places where the idols to be installed are also have mentioned to Vakkay Kaimal. The four idols were installed by Vakkay Kaimal in the directed places. The locations of the four idols are:
- Rama at Thriprayar
- Bharata at Irinjalakuda
- Lakshmana at Moozhikkulam
- Sathrughna at Payammal
It is believed that visiting the four temples on the same day is considered to be extremely worthy. During the festival conducted in the month of July – August, the pilgrims have a visit to all the four temples, which is called as "Nalambalam" (Four temples)
About the Deity
The presiding deity of Sri Moozhikkalathaan Perumal temple is Lord Lakshmana Swamy (Lord Vishnu). The Moozhikkalathaan Perumal temple is closely associated with Ramayana, one of the two great works of Indian literature.
Legend and Stories
Sri Moozhikkalathaan Perumal Temple has been praised by the hymns by many Vaishnava azhwars and very particularly by the Nammazhwar, one of the twelve azhwar saints of Tamil Nadu. Sri Moozhikkalathaan Perumal temple is located with a promising surrounding enclosed in a very large area. The legend says that the sage named Hareetha Maharshi performed penance towards Lord Vishnu for many years on the banks of river Chalakudy (previously called as Poorna River). Pleased by the devotion of Hareetha Maharshi, Lord Vishnu appeared before him on the beginning of the Kali Yuga (one of the ages of life). There are four Yugas:
- Satya Yuga, a time of truth and righteousness (Golden age)
- Treta Yuga (Silver age)
- Dvapara Yuga (Bronze age)
- Kali Yuga, a time of darkness and non-virtue (Iron age)
Lord Vishnu advised the sage Hareetha Maharshi to overcome the hurdles in Kali Yuga. As Lord Vishnu gave some advice to the sage, it is named as "Thirumozhi" (sacred words). And hence the place is called as Thirumozhikalam (Kalam refers to place). And late is came to be called by the people as Thirumoozhikkulam.
Chithirai Tiruvonam – April/May
Karkkidakam (Ramayana month) Festival – July/August
Prathishta – Jaunuary
Nirmalya Darsanam, Abhishekam – 5.30 AM
Usha Pooja – 7.00 AM
Usha Sheeveli – 7.30 AM
Ucha Pooja – 10.30 AM
Ucha Sheeveli – 10.30 AM
Deeparadhana – 6.30 PM
Athazha Pooja – 7.30 PM
Athazha Sheeveli – 7.30 PM
Temple closes at 8.00 PM
Nearby Place To Visit
Valanjambalam Devi Temple
- Ravipuram Srikrishna Swamy Temple
- Pavakkulam Mahadeva Temple
- Chittoor Sri Krishna Temple
- Hanuman Temple
- Murugan Temple
The nearest airport (60 km) is Cochin International Airport, at Nedumbassery near Kochi. The temple is located less than 20 km from Nedumbassery airport. The nearest railway station is at Piravom Road on Kottayam to Ernakulam lane. The temple is located about 40 km from Ernakulam town and 35 km from Kottayam town. There are numerous government and private buses available to all the major cities.
Thirumoozhikulam Sri Lakshmanaperumal Temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.