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Vadakkumnathan Temple in Thrissur Kerala

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Location: Thrissur  City Kerala
Built in: 1000 years ago
Built By:Lord Parasurama
Dedicated to: Lord Shiva
Entry: Free
Temple Timing: 3.00 Am to 10:30 Am. 04:00 Pm to 8.30 Pm
Significance: One of the most temple
Visiting Timing: 1 Hour
Best time to Visit: September to March
Phone : 91 487 - 2426040
Nearest Railway Station:  Thrissur Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Nedumbassery International Airport

The Shree Vadakkumnathan Temple is Located in the heart of Thrissur city Kerala.The temple was built in about 1000 ago and built by Lord parasurama.The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Vadakkumnathan Temple at Thrissur is also known as Thenkailasam and Vrishabhachalam.The temple is classic example of the Kerala style of architecture with beautiful murals of the seventeenth century delineating graphically the story of Mahabharata. The murals in the temple are known for its rarity and two of them - Vasukisayana and Nrithanatha - are even worshipped regularly. The shrines and the Koothambalam display exquisite vignettes carved in wood. It is believed that this temple was built by Parasurama. The sprawling Thekkinkadu maidan , en circling the Vadakumnathan temple, is the main venue of the Thrissur Pooram. Vadakkunnathan temple is surrounded by a massive stone wall enclosing an area of nearly 8-9 acres. Outside the nalambalam, there are shrines for Lord Krishna, Vrishabha, Parasurama, Simhodara, Dharmasastha and Adi Sankaracharya.
The construction of the temple was done at the time of Perumthachan from Parayi petta panthirukulam. It is said that Perumthachan lived during the seventh century; so the Koothambalam may be 1,300 years old. According to Malayalam historian VVK Valath, the temple was pre-Dravidian temple Kavu. Later the temple was influenced by Buddhism, Jainism and Vaishnavism. In the early days, Paramekkavu Bhagavathi was also inside the Vadakkunnathan temple. But Koodalmanikyam Temple, Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple and Ammathiruvadi Temple, Urakam is older than Vadakkunnathan temple, according to temple documents.
History of  Vadakkumnathan Temple Thrissur

According to some of the historians in Kerala, many Hindu temples were once Buddhist shrines, including Vadakkunnathan Temple of Thrissur. So Vadakkumnathan temple might also have a close relation to the Buddhist tradition, although during the early 9th century the Brahmin scholars like Guru Prabhakara and Shankaracharya reinforced the supremacy of Hinduism. It is believed that the presiding deity in the second Sreekovil of Vadakkunathan Temple was worshiped by Sakthi Bhadra, the author of a famous scripture Acharya Chudamani.

There is another popular legend, which states that the temple is 1000 years old and was constructed by Lord Parashurama. According per the legend, when one day Lord Parashurama was chanting his morning prayers he was approached by a few Brahmans who wanted a piece of land they could pray on. So, Lord Parashurama invoked Varuna to throw a piece of land out of the sea and thus happened. The Brahmans built a temple around the Siva lingam, which came out with the land. The temple is bordered by tall and thick walls all around, which separate the complex from the outside world.
Festival Celabrate  Vadakkumnathan Temple Thrissur 

Maha Shivaratri, Aanayoottu, Thrissur Pooram
How To Reach  Vadakkumnathan Temple Thrissur

By Road : Kerala is well networked with roads. Hence, traveling via road is the best option to explore the important temples of Kerala, including the Vadakkunnathan Temple. Public transport is readily available both to and from the temple. It is easy to rent a cab or another private vehicle to the temple.
By Rail : The Nearest railway station is  Thrissur Railway Station.
By Air : The Nearest Airport is  Nedumbassery International Airport.
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