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Vilwadrinatha Temple is a Hindu Temple located in Thiruvilwamala. Lord Rama, the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu, and his brother Lord Lakshmana are the main deities of this temple. The idol of Sreerama is believed to be ‘Swayambhoo’ and is located on the Western side.This is one of the four major temples in Kerala dedicated to Lord Rama, and also one of the rarest temples in India itself which houses Lord Lakshmana. The temple is situated on the middle of Thiruvilwamala village, on the top of a hill hundred feet above the sea level. Niramaala and Ekadashi are the famous festive events here. Punarjani Guha (cave), a one hundred and fifty metre natural tunnel is another major attraction in Thiruvilwamala, which is situated between the Vilwamala and the Bhoothamala towards the east of the Vilwadrinatha temple. There is a belief that all the sins will be washed away if a person cross the cave from one end to the other and the person will be free from further births. Crossing the cave is a difficult ritual called 'Punarjani noozhal’ as one have to crawl through narrow sections to reach the other end. Only men are allowed to perform this ritual; women can't visit the cave. This ritual is practised only on the Ekadasi day and hundreds of people participate in this ritual each year. First the devotee has to take bath in the ‘Papanasini Theertham’, a water source near the cliff. One can reach there either by foot along the rugged hills or to the foot of the hill through the motor – able road down and then climb up. Also famous for its set of Carnatic musicians, the Sri Rama temple here hosts a relay south Indian classical concert even on the auspicious day of Guruvayur Ekadasi. The Parakkottukavu Thalappoli festival in the nearby Goddess temple falls on the last Sunday of the Malayalam month of Medam (mid-May) and is noted for firework displays including Kuzhi or Kuzhal Minnal.

Location:

  • 48 km from Thrissur

Details:

Temple timings are from 5 A.M. to 11 A.M. and 5 P.M to 8 P.M on regular days.