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Kottarakkara Sree Maha Ganapathy Temple in Kottarakkara Kerala

Here is Some Information About Kottarakkara Sree Maha Ganapathy Temple in Kottarakkara Kerala India.

Location: Kottarakkara Taluk, Kollam District, Kerala, India
Built in: 18th century
Built By: King Marthanda Varma
Dedicated to: Lord Ganesha
Significance: One of the most temple
Temple Timing: 6:00 Am to 8:00 Pm
Visiting Timing: 1 Hour
Best time to Visit: Vinayaka Chathurthy (Aug/Sep), Ayilyam-Makam
Phone : 91 474 2457200
Nearest Railway Station: Kottarakkara station
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum Airport

The Kottarakkara Sree Maha Ganapathy Temple is located in Kottarakkara Taluk in Kollam district of Kerala.The temple was built in 18th century and built by King Marthanda Varma.The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. the temple is one of the renowned temples in Kerala. Apart from the presiding deity, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvathi, Lord Murugan, Lord Ayyappa, and Lord Nagaraja are also worshipped here. Udayasthamanapooja, Mahaganapathi Homam and Pushpanjali are the three main rituals performed in the temple. Non Hindus are also allowed to enter into this temple, which is very old. Unni Appam is the offering that is especially prepared to offer to the deity of Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathy Temple. The Ganapathy idol here was not installed according to the tantra rituals.There is a big pond infront of the temple. Three poojas will be conducted daily. Sastha, Subrahmanya and Naga Devathas are the sub deities.
History of  Kottarakkara Sree Maha Ganapathy Temple

The present day Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathy Kshethram was originally Kizhakkekara Siva Temple, which was dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kizhakkekara temple was the possession of two renowned Namboothiri houses - Akavoor and Oomanpally, while Padinjattinkara Siva Temple belonged to the Royal House of Elayidathu. Once upon a time, before the sunrise, the usual rituals were being performed at Padinjattinkara Temple, to consecrate Lord Shiva - its presiding deity. All the works of this temple was done by Uliyannoor Perumthachan, a renowned master carpenter (craftsman). Outside the temple, he was chiseling a piece of jackfruit tree while listening to the mantras that were chanted in the temple. Suddenly, he realized that the piece which he was chiseling was taking the form of Ganapathi. Therefore, he told the chief priest to also consecrate Ganapathy after Lord Shiva, in the temple.
The priest of Padinjattinkara Siva Temple denied the words of Uliyannoor Perumthachan, saying that ‘this is a temple of Shiva’. Perumthachan walked towards the east, where he reached Kizhakkekkara Siva Temple. There, he saw its priest preparing Unniyappam as offering for Lord Shiva. Perumthachan asked the priest if Lord Ganapathy could be sanctified here. The priest agreed and Lord Ganapathy was sanctified in the southeast, by Perumthachan itself. Thereafter, he asked the priest about the offering to the Lord. The priest replied that Unniyappam was being prepared as the offering. The priest served him 6-7 Unniyappams on a leaf. The Perumthachan wholeheartedly gave his offering, namely Koottappam, to Lord Ganesha. Till now, Koottappam is considered to be the most preferred Nivedhyam for Kottarakkara Ganapathy. The priest said ‘although father (Lord Shiva) is the main deity, the son (Lord Ganapathy) will be more famous in this temple’. In fact, the priest’s words proved to be true. Kizhakkekkara Siva temple is now recognized as Kottarakkara Ganapathy temple.
Festival Celebration  Kottarakkara Sree Maha Ganapathy Temple

Vinayaka Chaturthi is big celebration

How To Reach  Kottarakkara Sree Maha Ganapathy Temple

By Road : Buses and Taxis can be boarded from Kottarakkara, Kollam, Trivandrum and Kottayam that takes the passengers directly to the Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathy Temple.
By Rail  : The Nearest Railway station is Kottarakkara station.
By Air : The Nearest Airport is  Kottarakkara Airport.

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