Friday, 21 July 2017

Popular Irumkulangara Durga Bhagavathi Temple , Kerala

Irumkulangara Durga Bhagavathi Temple,junglekey.in

The temples of Kerala are not only known for their striking beautiful temple architecture, but are also known for their location - either on the banks of a river or near the sea-front. The crucial point is they are located in a quiet, serene environment where devotees find themselves at peace with their mind. the enticing surroundings promote bakthi and devotion through tranquillity.  Hence, these  simple, but elegant Hindu temples stand apart. 

Situated about two kilometres to the south east 
from Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram City, Irumkulangara Durga
Bhagavathi Temple in Thottam, Manacaud, Kerala, India is a famous temple.  It is located on the bank of two ponds from where it got its name: "irum" 
means two and "kulam" means pond. Considered as 
one of the ancient temples of Kerala, It is believed, that the temple has a close association  with the 
famous Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, in Thiruvananthapuram. In ancient times, priests from Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple are believed to have  arrived at Irumkulangara by country boats for performing pooja and rituals.


Irumkulangara Durga Bhagavathi Temple. GoRoadTripJust Kera

At this Sri Durga Devi temple, rituals like Thottampaattu and Ottam are restricted here. Red coloured flowers, except thetti, are banned. Other flowers such as tulsi, jasmine, lotus, Nandyarvattom, etc., are widely used for pujas.  An interesting aspect is the Temple Thanthri(priest) of  Sree Padmanabhaswamy and Koodalmanikyam temples is taking care of the Puja protocols and now the temple is under the control of Sree Irumkulangara Durga Devi Temple Trust.

Several years ago  the temple underwent some renovation work based on Vstsu Sastras and was inaugurated by Sree Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma Maharajah of Travancore on December 25, 2009. Additions included chuttambalam and sivelippura.
 
Irumkulangara Durga Bhagavathi Temple. GoRoadTrip


The main deity appears as Durga Bhagavathi, an avatar of Adi Parasakthi Primarygoddess). Karthika is considered as the star of the deity. The other deities in the temple include Lord Ganesh, Nagaraja, Brahm Rakshas,Bhairava Moorthy, Madan Thampuran and
Navagraha

The major temple festival Painkuni Mahothsavam, is mostly held on a grand scale in the month of March and it lasts for 10 days and ends with Pongala and Ezhunnallathu.

The following are the other festivals in this temple::

 Mandala Vratham — Festival in connection with the annual Utsavam of Sabarimala. Vinayaka Chathurthi — Pooja to the Lord Ganapathy., Pooja Vaypu — Identical to Dussera festival (Saraswathy Pooja and Vidyarambham),  Karthika — Kazhchakula Samarpanam, Navakabhishekam, Karthika Pongala, Annadhanam (all months), Ramayana Parayanam and BhagavathiSeva — All days of Karkidakom (evening).
   
Tit-Bits:

01, The temple kavu was awarded by Kerala Government Department of Forest and Wildlife as one of the best maintained. Here, the snakes are well protected.

02. In 2011,the temple created a Nakshtravanam (trees relating to birth stars) on the premises.

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irumkulangara_Durga_Devi_Temple