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 -
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Tourist Destinations in Kerala Continued Here:
Author: Team of travel writers @ contentwriter.in