Sundararaja Perumal Temple, Sithukadu ( Thirumanam)




About the temple

Sundaravalli thayar sametha Sri Sundararaja perumal temple is located in Sithukkadu ( also called sitharkadu or thirumanam). This temple is very near to Sri Dhathriswara temple  ( These two temples are said to be the part of the nakshatra temple for those who are born in “Swathi” Star.


Sannidhis:-

Sundaravalli thayar
Andal  ( Garudak kodi sithar is seen in one of the walls in the mandapam oppposite to andal.
Prayers to him are supposed to cure eye related ailments. Sri  Narasimha in different postures adorn the walls of this mandapa)
Ananda narthana Krishnan
Sundararajar

How to reach

The temple is accessible from the newly laid Outer Ring Road Chennai ( Vandalur to Nemilichery).

When moving from poonamalle to nemilichery on the outer ring road, take a left 2-3 kms before nemilichery on seeing the sign board for "Thirumanam" or "Sithukadu"











Temple Timings

Opening time :- 7.30 AM  and 5. 30 PM


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Sree Vallabha temple, Thiruvalla


About the temple

Thiruvalla is a colloquial name for the place of Sreevallabhapuram, named after the chief deity Sree Vallabha.
It is believed that the lord of this kshetra , Maha Vishnu or Sree Vallabha was sculpted by Viswakarma at the behest of Lord Krishna and was given to Satyaki at the end of Dwapara Yuga. After being safeguarded by Garuda at netyravati river, Cheraman Perumal built the current temple at Thiruvalla in B.C 59 (Kaliyugam 3043).

The Moolavar Lord is also known by the names of Vallabhan and Kolapiran. This place is referred to as the ‘Vallabha Kshetram’.

The pooja system followed in this temple is unique and is different from the tantric form of worship generally followed in Kerala.

A lot of historical insciptions are found inside the temple. Thiruvalla temple is also referred to in Garuda and Matsya Puranams.

Stories referring to the temple.

Lord is said to have protected a spinster ( performing ekadasi penance) from an Asura in the form of a Brahmachari by using his Sudharsana chakra.. The Chakra is said to have fallen at the place where the temple is situated currently.It is believed that the Lord here protects all the devotees from evil forces.
Another story goes that KandaaKarnan, a Shiva devotee, undertook penance invoking Lord Vishnu. It is believed that Vishnu appeared before Kandaa Karnan and provided him darshan as Vallabhan.
This temple is also a Prarthana Sthalam for childless couples-Performance of Kathakali is one of the main offerings made to the God.There is also a tradition to  present 12000 ripe bananas to the lord, half of which is distributed to the devotees.
Some  time ago , ladies were allowed inside the temple only on a couple of specific occasions in the year but this is no more the case. (Wikipedia-After an incident of a woman getting salvation inside the shrine, ladies were more attracted to the temple. A series of inauspicious events happened after a lady who had been enchanted by beauty of the handsome idol entered the sanctum-sanctorum to marry the Lord[1][11] and the administrators decided to ban women from entering the temple after an astrological counseling. But on request, they agreed to allow women twice a year during Thiruvathira of Dhanu month and Vishu in Medam [13] when the Lord will be dressed up with mud, ashes, torn clothes etc. to look ugly. The ban was removed in 1968.)

How to reach

Thiruvalla Railway station is located about 30kms South of Kottayam on the Ernakulam-Kottayam-Kayankulam rail route. The temple is roughly 2-3 kms from the railway station. Trivandrum is the nearest airport. This place can also be reached from Kochi airport.


Temple timings

Temple is open in the mornings from 4 a.m. to noon 12 p.m and in the evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m

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Janardhana perumal temple, Varkala


About the temple

Janardhana temple is a major pilgrim spot in Varkala. This ancient temple has an history of almost 2000 years .

The temple stands facing the "papanasam" beach. Temple is also known for its beautiful architecture. The temple has a circular sanctum sanctorum.


Lord Janardhana  is the presiding deity . The presiding deity of this temple is Sri Janarthana Swami. The deity is found in standing position facing towards the east. His right hand is position as if he is performing “aachamanm”. His right hand is raised towards his mouth and legends say that if his hand goes nearer to his mouth, the world will come to an end. It is believed to happen at the end of the Kali Yuga.  ( Source:Wikipedia)


Offering obeisances to the departed souls and forefathers is a very important ritual in this temple. Four poojas are conducted in a day by the temple priest.

Other sannidhis:- Ganapathi, Shastha, Ananthan (Nagam) Shiva, Chandikesha, and Hanuman.

How to reach

Varkala  is roughly 46 Kms away from Trivandrum. Regular bus services are available to reach this place from  Trivandrum( Thiruvananthapuram). 



Temple tank and pushkarni

`Chakra Theertha’ on the northern part is the temple's pushkarni.

Temple timings

The temple is open in the mornings from 5:30 AM - 12:00 PM and in the evenings from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM.



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