More than 1000 yrs old Vadakkumnathan Temple in Thrissur, Kerala

Vadakkumnathan Temple

Vadakkumnathan Temple is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva at city of Thrissur, of Kerala state in India.

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Sitting proudly in the city center on nine acres of verdant land is the majestic Vadakkumnathan Temple. It holds a special place in the hearts of those in the abode of Shiva who answer their prayers, a temple with architecture that is a marvel in itself, and a symbol of the culture of a people. The Vadakkumnathan Temple won the Award of Excellence at the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The temple underwent a major restoration lasting 10 years under the supervision of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). It was done using the traditional methods of restoration, using only organic matter, as experts painstakingly preserved murals that date back centuries, and woodwork that still leaves visitors astounded at its craftsmanship. The temple is also a venue of heightened devotion during Maha Shivaratri when devotees throng the premises all night. The other major highlight is Thrissur Pooram, an annual festival that immediately recalls to mind caparisoned elephants, the sounds of traditional percussion instruments in Kerala, and bursts of color. It is held in April-May at the Thekkinkaadu Maidanam to coincide with the Malayalam month of Medam. It is the most important pooram festival in Kerala held at the behest of Sakthan Thampuran, the Maharaja of Kochi in association with 10 temples (Paramekkavu, Thiruvambadi Kanimangalam, Karamucku, Ayyanthole, Laloor, Panamukkampally, Choorakottukara, Chembukkavu and Neythilakavu). The Elanjithara Melam, considered the largest percussion instrument festival in the world, with at least 250 artists participating, is highly anticipated. It is a sight to behold as spectators keep up the beat with their hands waving in the air. The Panchavadyam, or five instruments’ ensemble, is led by artists who play traditional instruments such as chenda, elathalam, kombu, and the like. This is when the Kudamattom, literally meaning the switching of parasols while sitting astride elephants happens. The Pooram wraps up with the much-awaited fireworks ceremony


  • Railway station: Thrissur railway station, 2 km away
  • Flight: Cochin International Airport, 49 km away
  • Timings: 5 – 11 am and 5 – 6.25 pm
  • Activities: Tour of temple