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Temples, Churches & Mosques in Kerala: Religion, Faith & Pilgrimages

While in Kerala, you are bound to see strong glimpses of spirituality and religion which are an essential part of the lives of people here. Most Keralites begin their day by visiting a temple or shrine and performing daily rituals and pujas. Religious festivals are celebrated in Kerala on a very large scale every year. Devotees come to Kerala from all across the country to join in the celebrations. One such important and magnificent annual festival is the Thrissur Pooram which is celebrated in Kerala on a grand scale. The festivities are held in the months of April-May in Thrissur. In addition to having a very high literacy rate, Kerala is also one of the most secular states of India. Here Temples, Churches and Mosques coexist in great numbers.

It is worth mentioning that during the famous Sabarimala pilgrimage, devotees pay their respects at the Vavar Mosque, followed by the St. Sabastian Church and only then proceed to the Sabarimala temple to worship Lord Ayyappa. Where else can you find such unbiased faith and pure spiritual inclination? There are a large number of Temples, Churches and Mosques situated in Kerala. Here are a few of them -

   

Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram

While in Kerala, you must visit the famous Padmanabha Swamy Temple, located in Thiruvananthapuram. The temple is dedicated to Lord Padmanabha (Lord Vishnu) who is seen reclining on the serpent, Anantha. This temple is one of the 108 well regarded Vishnu Temples in India. The temple’s majestic and detailed architecture is bound to catch your eye. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxmNK26veOg

Mangala Devi Temple - Located at a distance of about 15 kms from Thekkady on a mountain top, the Mangala Devi Temple is open to visitors on the day of the Chithra Pournami festival.

Sabarimala Temple, Pathanamthitta – The Sabarimala Temple is one of the most sacred pilgrimage spots in Kerala and is visited by millions of devotees every year. These devotees set off on a difficult pilgrimage to reach the temple. It is believed that, many pilgrims indulge in the uphill trek, barefoot. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa and is located at a distance of about 190 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOvVN41aPnc 

Sree Krishna Temple, Guruvayur – The Guruvayur Temple is another important shrine in Kerala and is visited by thousands of pilgrims from across the country. What makes this temple stand out from other temples is the fact that here, daily temple rituals are carried out on a very large scale. In addition, the temple organises discourses from the Bhagawat Geeta. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbutUGSjdk0

   

Other important temples in Kerala –

· Thirunakkara Mahadev Temple, Kottayam
· Vadakkumnathan Temple, Thrissur
· Kadampuzha Temple Malappuram
· Chottanikkara Temple Ernakulam
· Ettumanoor Shiva Temple
· Parasurama Temple
· Thiruvallam and Attukal Temple, Thiruvananthapuram
· Thootha Bhagavathi Temple, Malappuram
· Nellikulangara Bhagavathi Temple, Palakkad
· Peruvanam Temple, Thrissur, and others.

St. Francis Church, Ernakulam, Cochin – Known as the oldest European Church in India, the St. Francis was build way back in 1503 and was later restored in 1795. The Tombstone of Vasco Di Gama can be seen here.

Other Churches in Kerala include –


· St. Mary`s Church, Kottayam
· St. Sebastian’s Church, Arthunkal
· Valliyapalli Church
· Cheryapalli Malayattoor Church
· St. George Church Edathua Alappuzha
· Kottayam Bharananganam

Some of the famous mosques in Kerala are –

· Cheraman Juma Masjid, Kodungalloor
· Kaanjiramattom Mosque
· Vavar Mosque, Erumeli

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