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Ernakulam -> Thripunithura Poornathrayeesa Temple

Thripunithura Poornathrayeesa Temple is in Ernakulam district and is located at Thripunithura near Ernakulam. This temple is an important one in this part of Kerala. The temple has an excellent structure and occupies a very vast compund surrounded by huge compound walls.

The Gopurams of the temple are also very beautiful. The temple became ruins in a fire which broke out in 1920. The entire structure of the temple except the West Gopuram (Gateway) was redesigned in the year 1921 by the great architect Late Sri Eachara Warrier. The Western Gopuram survived the fire and the age of this Gopuram is still a mystery.

Lord Poornathrayeesa is Lord Vishnu who is in the form of Santhanagopala Murthy (Savior of infants). The Lord sits under the shade of five royal hoods of the divine serpant, Ananthan, whose folded body itself acts as the throne for the Lord. Sri Poornathrayeesan is the family deity of Perumbadapu Swaroopam (Cochin Royal Family). The idol is made of Panchaloha and faces east.

There are stories that Lord Poornathrayeesan is the elder brother of Chottanikkara Bhagavathy and Pishari Devi. Deities from other temples like Perumthrikovil and Pishari Kovil visit the Thripunithura temple during festivals. Pal Payasam is one of the important offerings in this temple.

Tripunithura Vrishchikotsavam (November-December) is one of the important festival of this temple. About fifteen Elephants line up in the 'Ana Kottil' with all the decorations like Nettipattam, Muthukkuda and will have the Lord's idol ("thidambu') on their back. It is a magnificient sight to watch. This will be accompanied by Melam, Panchavadyam, Thayambaka, Madhalapattu, Kombupattu, and Kuzhalpattu. One can watch and hear this for hours together.

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