Alappuzha -> Haripad Subrahmanya Swami Temple
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
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.
Haripad Subranhmanya Temple Photos
| Haripad Temple Peacock Photos