Moolavar : Lord Muruga
Urchavar : –
Amman / Thayar : –
Thala Virutcham : –
Theertham : –
Agamam / Pooja : –
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : –
City : Haripadu
District : Alappuzha
State : Kerala
Special pujas are performed in the temple on all Kruthika Star day in the year. A 10 day festival is celebrated during the months of Avani (August-September), Margazhi (December-January) and Chithirai (April-May).
Generally flag hoisting is done in temples in morning hours. Only some temples do it in evenings. Here, the latter tradition is followed.
The temple is open from 4.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Sri Haripadu Murugan temple. Haripadu, Alapuzha, Kerala State
There are shrines for Ganapathy, Dakshinamurthy, Krishna, Dharma Sastha, Yakshi, Kuruthikaman and Panchami around the corridor – prakara. The famous Nagaraja Temple (a snake temple) is in Mannarasala one kilometer from this temple.
Devotees pray to Lord Muruga here seeking child boon, removal of obstacles in marriage efforts and for excellence in education
Devotees perform abhishek to Lord Muruga and offer Vastras (clothing).
Greatness Of Temple:
Lord Muruga with one face shines always with sacred ash or sandalwood paste. As the temple is in Kerala, puja procedures are strictly followed. After crossing the spacious hall at the entrance, the 70 feet tall dwajashamba (flag post) greets us. There is also a gigantic Main Tower – Rajagopuram. The foot prints below the tower are worshipped as the very foot prints of Lord Muruga. The temple has the graceful blessings of Lord Brahmma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva, according to belief.
There was an old temple in this place about five thousand years back. In a fire accident in the year 1096, excepting the presiding deity, everything in the temple was destroyed. The present temple was constructed later. As the history of the temples dates far back before the Lord’s wedding, His consorts Valli and Deivanai are not installed in the temple.
Demon Surapadma was harassing the Devas in the celestial world. When he was attacked, numerous demons were born from each drop of his blood. They were terrorizing the world. Surapadma had a boon from Lord Brahmma that he could be killed only by a child of seven months of age.
Six sparks that came from the eyes of Lord Shiva mingled together and became a child named Karthikeyan. (The story in Tamilnadu is that Surapadma was killed by Lord Muruga when He grew into a boy. In Kerala, the story is different.) The child was taken care of by Mother Parvathi up to seven months. When Surapadma came to kill the child, the child took a huge form – Vishwarupa – and killed the demon.
The child did many miracles then. The child taught its own Father. It undertook the creation of world for sometime. When the child came to Kerala, the place of Sage Parasurama, Lord Vishnu (Hari) greeted the child with welcome songs. As Hari sang here –Padu – the place came to be known as Haripadu.
Lord Hari (Vishnu) asked his nephew (Muruga) to stay in the place and grace the devotees.