Pilgrimage Tour

Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur, Kerala

Thrissur is a host to many beautiful temples in Kerala. One of those alluring shrines is Vadakkunnathan Temple. Reflecting Kerala style architecture, it is believed that it is the first Shiva temple built by Lord Parasurama - the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Not only this, it is one of the UNESCO recognised heritage sites in the state. Vadakkunnathan Temple is also known as Thenkailasam or Vrishabhachalam.

Vadakkunnathan Temple is located on a hillock and sprawls over 9 acres of land. The four gopurams of the temple face East, West, North and South respectively. The holy shrine depicts the rich cultural heritage that Kerala offers. This is why the temple was conferred with the 'Award of Excellence' at the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

Vadakkunnathan Temple is Famous For

Vadakkunnathan Temple is an architectural marvel in wood and stone. It is famous for rare murals that showcase scenes from Mahabharatha. Some of the paintings are more than 400 years old. The 1000-year-old temple and historical structure is famous for the Nataraja Mural near its main gate.
There is a museum in the ancient era.

Festivals/Events Celebrated at Vadakkunnathan Temple in Kerala

No specific festivals are celebrated in Vadakkunnathan Temple. However, during Maha Shivaratri, the temple is lit with one lakh lamps. The event is known as “Lakshadeepam”. Aanayoottu – feeding elephants, is another major festival in Vadakkunnathan Temple. The celebration of Thrissur Pooram is held at the temple premises itself.

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