Two rupas of Nagaraja appeared on the banyan tree facing Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple – Kottayam
Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple
Thirunakkara is the name of a place of Kottayam city in Kerala, India. The place is a hill
known as “Nakkara Kunnu” in the local language Malayalam.There is a Hindu temple on
the mountain and the mountain is regarded to be a Holy mountain by Hindus hence the
name “Thiru” + “Nakkara” signifying “Sacred Nakkara Hill”.
Thirunakkara Mahadeva temple is devoted to Lord Siva is situated at Thirunakkara.
The yearly ten-day festival at the temple attracts to a deep connection with the Aaraattu
function. Usually nine caparisoned elephants take aspect in the Aaraattu procession,
which begins in afternoon.
Folk artistry like Mayilattom, Velakali etc., are provided in the temple building at
evening. Another significant fascination is the Kathakali, during the event.
This Siva temple at Thirunakkara is in the center of Kottayam city at a distance of 1.5km
on the Ernakulam- Thiruvananthapuram train line. The 500year old temple was designed
by Thekkumkoor Maharaja in the Kerala model design. The surfaces of the temple are
designed with vibrant works of art and the sanctum santorium with images from Hindu
epics . Dhara and Chathu-satha are the primary offerings here. The temple is opened from
5am to 12 mid-day in the day and from 5pm to 8 pm at night.
A social centre ‘Koothambalam’, situated within the temple area, is regarded as the best
in Kerala. Three celebrations are famous in the Thirunakkara Mahadeva temple in the
month of Thulam (Oct-Nov), Mithunam (June-July) and Meenam (March-April) of
which the last one is the most essential. There are also additional shrines devoted to
The conventional Kerala structure of the temple draws a lot of devotees. The
koothambalam, the conventional thetre of the temple, where activities of various
conventional art and dancing types are organized ,is popular for its structure. Paintings
illustrating some stories from the Hindu epics enhance the surfaces of the temple.
Two rupas of Nagaraja appeared on the banyan tree
One wonder happened at Kottayam Thirunakkara Mahadeva temple.. On the banyan tree (Aaal maram generally known as “Pallivetta Aal”) of Thirunakkara temple the “Divyaroopa of Lord Nagaraja -5 headed snake ” emerged out , yesterday morning.. AUM Nagarajaya.. Namaha….. It was an unbelievable event…. Two rupas of Nagaraja appeared – one facing Mahadeva temple and the other on the east west side of the tree… Thousands of devotees gathered to witness this blessed event… Devotees decorated the roopas with garland & turmeric powder . Years before itself one Sarppa Pradishtta was there at the bottom of the same tree and many of the devotees are still worshiping that Pradishtta…The sudden appearance of Nagaroopa clearly indicates the presence of Lord Nagaraja….…. SreeKrishnarppanamasthu.