THE HISTORY OF THE TEMPLE
Lord Siva, the deity of Thrissur Sree Vadakunnatha Temple is
said to have manifested Himself on an umberella carried by one
of His beloved devotees, a pious old Namboothiri from Chowalloor
Mazhavannoor Mana (lllam of Namboothiri), who used to walk all
the way to Thrissur to have daily darshan of the Lord.
When His devotee became too old to walk and worship Him
regularly, the Lord is said to have accompanied him to his
native home in Chowalloor. Later a temple was constructed at the
very place where the Lord appeared to His devotee and started
regular pooja (Nithya Pooja).
The devotees have the good fortune to worship Siva family - a
rare phenomenon (Lord Siva, Sree Parvathy, Sree Ganesh, Sree
Subrahmanian (Murukan), Sree Ayyappa and Sree Anjaneya) which is
not seen else where in Kerala, (if not in too many Temples in
Kerala). Navagraha Temple situates in the North East comer of
the temple complex.
In the TWO TIERED round Sreekovil or Sanctum Sanctorum,
the Swayambhoo idol of Lord Siva is seen facing west and that of
His consort Sree Parvathy facing east affectionately showering
blessings in all directions.
The Sapthamathrukkal, precious black stone idols symbolising the
seven divine Mothers are also worshipped in the Temple in the
form of Bimbas made of Krishnasila, yet another rare phenomenon.
IN CHOWALLOOR TEMPLE THIRUVATHIRA MAHOTSAVAM
12 days long festival
(Concluding on the day Thiruvathira” in the month of Ohanu)
PATTUM THALIYUM CHARTHAL TO SREE PARVATHY
(Pattum Thaliyum will be provided by Devaswom)
The above offering is performed to grant marital bliss for the
numerous anxious brides and also to enjoy long lasting married
ife for wedded couples.
Pattum Thaliyum Charthal offering starts on the first by after a
colourful procession by TO clock in the morning and the same
will be continued till 8.30 pm on the last day (12thday) after a
procession with hundreds of pattum thaliyum accompanied by a
bhajan of Sreeparvathy especially for those who could not
participate in this offering and festival.
Niramala, chuttuvilakku (Deepalamkaram), Brahmanipattu,
Pulluvanpattu. Temple art forms, classical dances, classical
music, sopana sangeetham, nadaswaram, Madhala keil, Thayampaka.
Malarpara samarpanam, Thrisoola samarpanam,
Vedajapam, Veli othu, Mangalya pooja (under the guidance of
temple thanthrl and It Is only 12 days In a year to grant
marital bliss for numerous anxious brides and to enjoy happy and
long married life for wedded couples).
All the 12 days, right from the morning till the temple closes
in the night, mass feeding (Annadanam) is arranged in the temple
complex to one and all arrive here for Darshan.
(Annadanam Is also there on all first
Mondays of every malayalam month and on other festival days)
NOTICE TO DEVOTEES
1. Devotees are requested not to enter the temple complex
wearing shirt, baniyan, pants, lungi, pijama, churidar, chappals
etc. Non Hindus are not allowed to enter into the temple
2. Children below one year old are not allowed in the Nalambalam.
3. Children below 5 years old are not allowed to stay longer in
4. Please do switch off your mobile phones while entering the
Nalambalam. Camera, video etc. are not allowed in the Nalambalam.
Special permission to be obtained from the temple office to use
camera and video in the outer temple complex.
5. As Siva temple, pradakshinam (rounds) in full is not allowed
in the Nalambalam as we believe Holy Ganga flowes to north from
Lord Siva and should not be crossed.
6. Devotees are requested to take receipts for all offerings
from the temple offerings counter. Devotees may give all the
receipts except advance receipts to the main priest inside the
Nalambalam where he distributes the prasadam for archana. Please
do follow the timings of prasadam (nivedyam) distribution
displayed on a board infront of the counter.
7. Kudam oil, ghee bowl for lamps may be placed only in the tray
kept near the sopanam of Lord Mahadeva.
8. Thulabhharam offering with special and rare items may be
conducted only with prior intimation to Devaswom, or the devotee
may bring such items for the required weight.
9. Devotees who wish to offer Alroopam (silver/gold) to God may
collect the same from the temple office or counter. For this
offering, devotees may put any amount as they wish in the
10. Devotees may dedicate any item required for Rituals or
Poojas in the temple at the Namaskara madapam situated infront
of the main sanctum sanctorum.
11. Devotees may dedicate one tin of oil or pay Rs. 1500 in the
counter to conduct year long the most important and simple
offering “Pinvilakku" (oil lamp behind Lord Siva). The
dedication may be done on an auspicious day like birthday,
wedding day, house warming day, foundation day of your
12. Main offerings during the 12 days long Thiruvathira
Mahotsavam (Festival) are Pattum Thaliyum charthal, Veda japam,
Mangalya Pooja and such offerings may be booked in advance. The
booking of the above will commence from the month of March every
year and the festival takes place after nine months, in the
month of December. As on the first Monday of all malayalam
months, mass feeding is performed in the temple on all festival
days to all devotees arriving for Darshan. Please do donate
liberally to this fund and ensure your participation at least in
one of the festival days in a year.
13. Every year, on the day of consecration (Pooyam star in the
month of Kumbham ie between February 15 to March 15)
Udayasthamana Pooja (12 hours long Poojas) is performed in the
temple. On the very same day, varieties of Nivedyams are
distributed to all devotees in the village enabling them to take
away home such Nivedyams and the same is performed on the
account of Devaswom.
14. When devotees bring back the small hundials distributed to
them, please do dedicate the same on the sopanam of Sree
Mahadeva before handing it over to the counter for counting and
Issuing the receipt. If the counter is busy, especially on
festival days, the counting may not be performed at the same
time and if so. the receipt will be sent by post to your
residence for which the name, address, telephone number etc are
to be given to the counter staff to ensure the safe reaching of
15. On all first Mondays of the Malayalam months (Muppattu
Thinkal) Aghanda Namajapam (chanting of ‘Namasivaya* from
morning 6 to evening 6) by several devotees together will be
performed inside the Nalambalam (on the right side of the main
entrance inside the Nalambalam and, everyday after the
Deeparadhana (arathi) chanting of Vishnu Sahasra Namam is also
performed at East Chuttambalam infront of the sanctum sanctorum
of Sree Parvathy. All devotees arriving at the temple may Join
16. Please do co-operate to keep the temple complex neat and
17. Please do follow the code of conduct of the temple.