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Alappuzha -> Haripad Subrahmanya Swami Temple

Haripad is a developing town in Alappuzha district along the highway, NH-47. The place is located between Kollam and Alappuzha. One of the most famous temple in Haripad is Subrahmanya Swami Temple. Haripad is also known as "Kshethrangalude Nagaram" or 'Town of Temples'. There are more than 40-50 temples in and around Haripad.

Haripad Subrahmanya Swami Temple is built in the ancient Kerala style architecture. The Payippad Boat Race held in every Chingom (August-September) during the three-day Payippad Jalotsavam festival is in association with the "Prathishta" of Subrahmanya Swami idol in the temple. The image of the deity with four arms is also the biggest of the kind. It is believed to have been originally worshipped by Parashurama.

There are many annual festivals celebrated in this temple. The Avani Utsavam in Chingom (August- September), Markazhi Utsavam in Dhanu (November- December), Chitra Utsavam in Medom (April-May), Kartika in Vrischikam (November- December) and Taipuyam (January- February) are the important festivals of the Haripad Temple.

The important offering in this temple is Kavadiyattam dance with Kavadi. Kavadi is a bow-shaped wooden structure decorated with tapestry and peacock feathers carried on the shoulders of pilgrims as an offering to Lord Subrahmanya. There are many pea cocks in this temple. Pea cock is the vehicle of Lord Subrahmanya.

We had a recent visit to Haripad Temple.

View Haripad Subranhmanya Temple Photos  | Haripad Temple Peacock Photos


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