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
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.
Poornathrayeesa Temple Photos