Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple

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Timings : 5:00 AM - 8:00 PM, it varies depending on the festivals, auspicious days and special pooja days.

Time Required : 1-2 Hrs

Entry Fee : No entry fee

Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple, Kovalam Overview

Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple is situated on the banks of Karamana River. It is known to be the only temple in Kerala dedicated to Lord Parasurama. Located 1km from Sree Alukadu Devi Temple, 2km from Pazhanchira Devi Temple and 3km from Attukal Temple, this heritage is under the list of monuments that are of national importance. According to the folklore the 2000-year-old temple is believed to have visited by Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Built in the 12th century by the legendary king Athiyaman Perumal, the Parasurama Temple is a Trimurthy temple with the shrines of Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma.

The temple is a venue to pay respects to the ancestors. Hence during the Karkidaka Vavu day, the devotees take a dip in the river and pray for the departed souls. The popular ritual commonly known as Balitharpanam or Vavu Bali is held here where hundreds of people gather to offer kshetra Bali and Kadavu Bali with the assistance of 15 chief priests performing the rituals. As said, Lord Parasurama is reigning deity of the temple is believed to have created Kerala. The legend also glorifies Adi Shakara who made a Bali at this temple for his mother. It is now managed by the Travancore Devasom Board and is considered a protected monument by the Archeology Department, Kerala.

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