Pilgrimage Tour

Venkatachalapathy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Sri Venkatachalapathy Temple is located on the banks of River Vaippu in Sattur. It is also known as Srinivasar Kovil, Perumal Kovil, Iyengar Kovil or Desikar Sannidhi. The holy shrine committed to Lord Sathurappan Vishnu. The temple is believed to be about 800 years old. The main deity of the temple is Sri Venkatachalapathy and his consorts Alamelu Mangai Thayar and Padmasini Thayar. The consorts are in 9 distinctive stances at the Sri Venkatachalapathy Temple. Sub-deities worshipped in the temple include Lord Navaneetha Krishnan, Periya Thiruvadi and Lord Garuda.
A mythological tale states that a King, recovered his lost sight since he loved the Lord in this sanctuary. On hearing this, devotees began visiting the shrine in thousands.
Historical records reveal that Sree Ranganatha Satagopan Yateendra Mahadesikan installed the idol. The eldest son of the Mahadesikar family is the main priest of the temple and also in charge of the temple’s administration for almost three generations.
Offerings made to the deity include Tamarind Rice, Curd Rice, Pongal, Chakkarai Pongal, Sesame Rice and Kheer. A large number of pigeons can be seen in the aviary here.

Venkatachalapathy Temple is Famous For

Temple’s architectural style is similar to Tamil Nadu style temples. Unlike other shrines, the deities in Sri Venkatachalapathy Temple are placed on three steps.

Festivals/Events Celebrated at Venkatachalapathy Temple in Kerala

The major festival celebrated in Venkatachalapathy Temple is the Vaikunta Ekadasi. Other festivals celebrated are Diwali, Vishu, Thiru Aadi Pooram, Aadi Swathi, Onam, Janmashtami and Alwar Thirunakshatram. Daily rituals, according to the Vadakalai System, are carried in the temple.

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