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Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple, Alleppey Overview

Nestled in a forest glade near Haripad, Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja temple is dedicated to the snake god- Nagaraja. Nagaraja is considered to be a form of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Flocked by pilgrims and devotees who believe in serpent worshipping, the temple is marked with over thirty thousand paintings and drawings of snakes along the path and over the trees in the surrounding grove. The unique temple is known to have umpteen snakes crawl all over the place at all times- on the steps, in the hedges, on the creepers etc. The majestic shrine is internationally known and is mostly visited by women seeking fertility. And when their prayers are heard, they come here to conduct thanksgiving ceremonies and most of the times bring along more snake paintings to adorn the spot.

The temple has a special turmeric paste offered to the devotees which is believed to possess curative powers. Devotees throng the place in huge numbers to avail this paste which supposedly is capable of curing skin diseases like leprosy. The venerated temple sprawling over an area of 16 acres is managed by a Brahmin family and is headed by a priestess, unlike the generic priest. Besides, the temple has picturesque surroundings to accentuate the charm of the bounteous nature; the premises also house a small quaint pond and an open courtyard blessed with numerous green trees.

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Festivals at Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple

Mannarsala Ayilyam is the main festival of the temple. Celebrated in the month of Kanni and Thulam (September and October), the idols of the serpents, on this day, are taken to visit the families having any connections with the temple. Further, offerings of nurul palam (kheer), kuruthi (prasad with turmeric and lime), and rice are made. The procession is carried with a great pomp and show.

How To Reach Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple

The temple is located 3 kms south-east from Alleppey in the district of Haripad on NH 47. Cabs and auto rickshaws are available near Haripad bus stand at a nominal fare.

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