Vadakkumnathan Temple, Thrissur (Trichur)

Vadakkumnathan Temple

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9 Ratings & 7 Reviews

About Vadakkumnathan Temple

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    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 4.30 AM - 8.00 PM , Saturday: 4.30 AM - 8.00 PM , Sunday: 4.30 AM - 8.00 PM , Public Holidays: 4.30 AM - 8.00 PM

Vadakkumnatha Temple, located in the heart of Thrissur city, is one of the oldest temples of Kerala. Built in typical traditional Kerala style of architecture, Vadakkumnatha Kshetram is decorated with murals and sculptures. Situated amidst Tekkinkadu (Forest of Teak trees) ground, atop a hillock, Vadakkumnatha Kshetram overlooks the city of Thrissur.

The stone wall which encloses the temple and its premises consists of about 9 acres of land. The principal shrine of this temple has four lofty gopuras and an enclosed complex. This complex has three shrines dedicated to Lord Vadakkumnathan, Lord Sankaranarayana and Lord Rama. Lord Vadakkumnathan (Lord Shiva) is the principal deity of this temple.

This temple also features Koothambalam, a theatre hall for staging Koothu, a traditional dramatic form of the temple art of Kerala. Vadakkumnatha Kshetram is popular for being the venue of Pooram festival, which is celebrated annually during April - May.

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  • Best Time:  During Sunset
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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7 traveller reviews for Vadakkumnathan Temple

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Akshayakumar Vb

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  • Akshayakumar Vb
  • Lives in Thrissur
  • 6 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  1549 readers

"The Pride of Thrissur"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 13, 2016
The Vadakkumnathan Temple which is dedicated to the Lord Shiva is the main attraction of the Thrissivaperur (Thrissur) district, and one of the main attraction in India as it is having the guinness record for having a participation of the largest number of youth gathering which happens during the famous "Thrissur pooram" which is celebrated annually and it has won in 2015, the top prize in the Asia Pacific Heritage Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation given by UNESCO.

Devotees are allowed to wear pants and are restricted from wearing bermudas and shorts as followed by the dress codes of the other temples.

It is advised to visit the temple with the knowledge of the complete history of it, the temple employees who are present there in the area will assist any one who to know about the same.

There is "moolasthanam" which is a concreted place surrounding a Banyan tree, and the significance of this place is that it is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva stopped while coming to this place under the request of Parasuraman. So devotees are supposed to keep this in mind before entering the inner sanctum of the temple.

The temple is well-connected from the Thrissur Railway station which is nearer for the long distance travellers, and also by bus.
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Sunil Kunnoth

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  • Sunil Kunnoth
  • Lives in Kozhikode
  • 39 photos
  • 67 Reviews
  •  26 helpful votes
  •  21518 readers

"Vadakkumnathan Temple, Thrissur, now a UNESCO Heritage site"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 24, 2015
If you love and follow temples, architecture, history and heritage, your best destination in Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala, is the Vadakkumnathan Temple. This Shiva Temple is situated in the heart of the Thrissur city and exactly in the centre of Thekkinkadu Maidan. The world famous Thrissur Pooram is held here annually every April or May. The temple ambiance is so great and the time you spend here is worth. You will love spending time here in the early morning and evening and it is a rejuvenating experience. Recently, the temple was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
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Chandranath Shirwaiker

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  • Chandranath Shirwaiker
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Pune
  • 80 photos
  • 72 Reviews
  •  75 helpful votes
  •  41168 readers

"Missed it"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 4, 2015
This was our third attempt to visit this temple and reached there way before closing time in the morning. Alas the temple elephant had to leave for heavenly abode and entry was closed for devotees. I took a round around the complex and we left for other site seeing.
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Arjun Prasad h

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  • Arjun Prasad h
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
  • 10 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  3284 readers

"A place to sit and relax in the evening near temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 7, 2015
The Swaraj ground surrounding the temple is place to spent time in the evening. It's fun watching people engage in different activities while munching some peanuts.
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Srinivas .

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  • Srinivas .
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  632 readers

"Place of worship"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 26, 2015
Good temple which has to be visited at least once in the life. The visit is worth. No shopping malls nearby. There is another temple Paramekkavu Bagavathi Temple. Both temples can be visited in single visit. Good experience. Keep white lungi with you for the visit inside. The temple is spacious. There is one park for kids.
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Venkat Athreya

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  • Venkat Athreya
  • Loneranger
  • Lives in Secunderabad
  • 50 photos
  • 19 Reviews
  •  14 helpful votes
  •  225582 readers

"A large temple"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 11, 2015
It is a large temple the God Shiva is facing west and Goddess Parvati facing East. Adi shankara's parents prayed for good offspring at this temple and Kanchi Kamakoti has made a temple for Adi Shankara in the temple premises.
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Venkiteswaran Csubramanian

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  • Venkiteswaran Csubramanian
  • Soulseeker
  • Lives in Kolhapur
  • 5 Reviews
  •  13 helpful votes
  •  5740 readers

"Well maintained and very satisfied with the place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 25, 2014
A peaceful calm environment. Excellent place to visit. We could stroll in and visit all deities without any hassle, unlike in Guruvayur where there was big lines.
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  • 9 votes

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