Trichur Vadakkumnathan Temple
Location : Trichur
About The Temple :
Trichur Vadakkumnathan Temple, three dieties, Sivan, Sankaranarayanan, Sreeraman. Sivan ( north ) round sreekovil facing west. Opposite side Sree Parvathy facing east. Centre Sankaranarayanan south Sreeraman. the sivalinga is covered with ghee at a height of ten feet for the last several years, due to the ghee abhisheka. after abhisheka a portion of the ghee is returned to the devotees and they take it home as the ghee has miraculous powers to cure all diseases, it is believed. Inside the temple compound lies the tomb of Sree Sankaracharya. the largest koothambalam in kerala, is here constructed 120 years back and it is a treasure of exquisite wood carving and brackets on pillars. the wall of the shrine is filled with beautiful mural paintings. The temple is noted for annual festival ” Pooram” in Medam April – May which attracts lakhs of people. But the pooram is celebrated by mainly other two temples and the diety, the Vadakkunnathan is not taking part in the festival or in the Procession. The main attraction of the pooram is the Elanjitharamelam, a two hours Chendavadyam ( with five instruments ) near koothambalam, by the top most ( Drummers ) artists in the state. The fifty and odd caparisoned elephants gather out side South gopuram face to face, known as “Koodikazhcha” with the accompaniment of Panchavadyam. Then the Kudamattom ( Changing of Parasols ) is performed. The ornamental silken Parasols unfurled, of several types and colours changed competitively. Above all the competitive and attractive fire works is conducted for a few hours.
The panchavadyam ( 5 instruments ). Thayambaka are percussions of artistic excellence of Chenda Maestros. The astonishing versatility has been proved by eminent performers, who could conjure up a whole gamut of sounds ranging from a soft breeze to a thunderous one.
The important ceremony of this temple is Sivarathri and the idol of Vadakkumnathan is not taken out for procession. The only temple in kerala where the lord never comes out of his abode for the last several centuries.