Triprayar Sree Rama Temple

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Triprayar Rama Temple is one of the famous temples in Kerala located in Thriprayar, Thrissur.  Thriprayar Rama Temple is closely related with the temples dedicated to Lakshmana at Tirumoozhikkalam (or Moozhikulam), Koodalmanikkam Bharata Temple in Irinjalakuda, and Shatrughna Temple at Payammal.

Temple Architecture

Situated on the banks of Triprayar River, Thriprayar Sree Rama Temple bears the same architectural style of the famous Vadakkumnathan Temple in Thrissur. The sanctum is circular in shape, sculptured with scenes from Hindu epic Ramayana. The Namaskara Mandapam faces the Sreekovil (sanctum) and has 24 panels of wood carvings depicting the Navagrahas, and ancient murals. According to the inscriptions found here, Triprayar Sree Rama Temple belongs to the 11th century.

Deities of Triprayar Temple

Here, Lord Rama is enshrined in the Chaturbhuja (four-armed) form of Vishnu with four arms, holding a conch, a disc, a bow and a garland respectively. It is believed that the posture of Rama with a garland held in his hands represents Brahma and hence the deity is said to be a manifestation of the Trimurtis (In Hinduism, Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer are considered as the three primary forms of Gods). Idols of Sridevi and Bhudevi flank on either side of Lord Ram. The Lord is portrayed in the form of the conqueror over the demon Khara. The image of Dakshinamurthy is seen in the sanctum, facing south. Lord Hanuman is worshipped in a mandapam (hall), though there is no idol for him. Ganapathi and Ayyappan are the other deities found in the temple.

Legends of Triprayar Sri Rama Temple

According to one legend, four images of the brothers - Rama,  Bharata, Lakshmana  and Satrugna were washed on shores and discovered by a local chieftain Vakkey Kaimal. These idols were installed at the places mentioned above.

Another story goes that when the idol of Lord Ram was about to be consecrated, it was stated that the idol should be installed at the exact spot where a peacock would appear.  It is said that the image was installed in a spot where the peacock feathers appeared.

Daily Schedule

Worship services are carried out five times, daily. These poojas are Usha, Etirthu, Panthirati, Uccha and Ahazha. Besides, the processional image of the deity is carried around the temple three times a day.

Important Festivals in Triprayar Rama Temple

Pooram Festival

Celebrated during the Malayalam month of Meenam (March - April), the festival lasts for seven days. It concludes on the Pooram naskhatram.

Triprayar Ekadashi

Ekadashi falling in the month of Vrischikam (November - December), known as Thriprayar Ekadasi, is of special importance here. The idol of Shasta is taken in procession on the preceding day (on Dasami day) of Ekadashi and on the Triprayar Ekadashi festival day, the procession of Rama is carried out, accompanied by 21 elephants and royal possessions.

Arattu

This is a twelve-day festival, held during the Malayalam month of Vrishchikam. Highlight of the Triprayar Arattu festival is the performance of Angya Kootu, a local theater form. Episodes from epic Ramayana are enacted in the play.

How to reach:

By Road: 22 Km from Thrisur, through cherppu

By Rail: Thrissur Railway Station, 22 km east of the temple,

By Air: Cochin International Airport in Ernakulam is the nearest airport arround 58KM.

 

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