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Thirunavaya Temple

Thirunavaya Temple

Thirunavaya Navamukunda Temple is situated about 8 km south of Tirur near ponnani on the highway highway 17. The nearest Airport is the Karipur International Airport Calicut and the nearest railway stations are Thirur. Kadampuzha Devi Temple is well connected by road and you can get buses directly to thirur from all parts of the state and from there direct bus to the temple.

About Thirunavaya Temple

Thirunavaya Navamukunda Temple is an ancient temple on the banks of Barathapuzha in a small village called Thirunavaya a known pilgrim centre situated 8 km south of Tirur near Kuttippuram in the Malappuram district of Kerala. This temple is one of the oldest Vishnu temples in Kerala which dates back to the period of the 'Dwaapara Yuga'. The main rituals and offering in this temple is Ney Vilakku, Thaamara maala and Paal paayasam. The unique thing about the idol of Lord Vishnu in this temple is that it is knee deep into the ground which you cannot see anywhere in the country. The story behind this is that in Kerala there is a custom that when a idol of a god is installed the main sanctum is kept closed for seven days and in this temple after installing the idol and when they opened the door the idol was missing and this went on eight times and when the ninth idol was installed they open the door before the time and found that the idol had descended knee deep into the ground and in order to stop that they conducted poojas and chanted mantras to ensure that the idol does not descend further. It is believed that the day the entire idol descend to the ground the Kaliyug will end.

History or Myth

Thiruvanaya temple also known as Thiruvanaya Navamukunda Temple is situated on the banks of the river Bharathapuzha and dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is also known as the centre for teaching ancient Vedas. Thiruvanaya has immense historical importance because Mamangam an extravagant festival where a grand conglomeration of rulers of Kerala used to take place every 12 years till the 18th century. Thirunavaya is considered as the Varanasi of the south because of the presence of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma temples.

Tips or precaution

  • If you are new to the area taking help from a police aid post or tourist centre to reach the temple.
  • Do not forget to take directions from a temple staff before worshipping at the main Sanctum.

How to reach

  • flight
    BY AIR
    Thirunavaya Nava Mukunda Temple is only 43 Kilometres away from the Calicut International airport.
  • train
    You can reach by train from any part of India. Nearest railwaystation is Tirur Railway Station(11 Kilometers).
  • bus
    Bus service is available from all the places in Kerala and luxury buses are available from most of the South Indian cities.

Highlights or specialities

  • Paalpayasam offering ritual
  • Ney Vilakku ghee lamp lighting ritual.
  • Thaamara maala lotus flower offering ritual.
  • Annadaanam food offering ritual.


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