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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Parasurama Temple Thiruvallam (Thiruvananthapuram)

Parasurama Temple Thiruvallam (Thiruvananthapuram)

Thiruvallam Sree Parasurama Swami Temple is one of the most ancient temples of South India. It is situated on the banks of Karamana River near Thiruvallam, Thiruvananthapuram. It is the only temple in Kerala dedicated to Lord Parasurama.

The temple is 9 km from Kovalam Beach and Trivandrum Airport
History says that the temple was built during the 12th and 13th century,the late Pandyan Period. The temple is considered a protected monument by the Archaeology Department of Kerala. The temple is managed by the Travancore Devaswom Board It is famous for Balitharpanam (a tribute to ancestors).
Legend says that Lord Parasurama is the creator of Kerala and the temple dedicated to him is considered as a holy place for his devotees. During the karkidaka vavu day (a holiday in the Malayalam month of karkidakam) as part of the bali (a religious ritual), devotees pay homage to the departed souls of forefathers, after taking a dip in the holy water.
There is wide belief that the great monk Adi Shakara made the Bali for his mother at this place

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