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About Kozhencherry

Kozhencherry is a small town about 16 KM east of Thiruvalla and about 15 km from Chengannur. The gsb temple here is small compared to Alleppey or Kottayam. This temple is about 280 years old. The temple is located in the heart of the town, on a side road opposite to the bus stand and at the back side of the prominant Rukmini-Satyabama  shopping complex owned by the temple. The temple complex is on the eastern bank of the sacred river pamba. The temple and prathista is facing east.

The main prathista is panchaloha vigraha of Sree Krishna with Rukmini and Satyabama. The utsav idol is Balamurali standing in front of the cow.

There are idols of Lakshmi devi, Hanuman and Garuda placed within the srikovil. There are sub temples of Nagaraja Nagayakshi and Brahmarakhas at the north eastern corner of the main temple.

 

 


The main gopuram (shopping complex on left side)

 
Nalambalam & Srikovil  (Anapandal on the right)

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The original temple (an old pic)

The temple was established about 280 years back by the Thottumadathil family who migrated from Alleppey.  Initially the pooja at the temple was done by members of the family themselves. Later when the family members could not continue it regularly, a poojari was brought from Thuravoor and settled here to attend the temple pooja affairs. The bhat family house is next to the temple (see sketch below).  The temple was later offered to the community members and a committee was formed for management of the temple. Due to legal battle with tenants and difference of opinion among the committee members the affairs of the temple was neglected.

The temple was later taken over by the Alleppey Ananthanarayanapuram Thuravoor Tirumala Devasowm (AATTD). Since the temple is in a prime locality, a shopping complex named after Rukmini-Satyabama was constructed covering two sides of the temple and rented out, strengthening  financial position of the temple.

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1. Srikovil
2. Nagaraja and Nagayakshi
3. Brahma Rakshas
4. Kalyana mandapam & Hall
5. Main gate
6. Bus stand
7. The Bhat family house

Sketch not to scale

 shopping complex and way to temple
8. The Rukmini Satyabama shopping complex
(view from main road - the arrow points to side road to temple)

Renovation and Punaprathista

The temple was facing many hardships and a Devaprasnam was conducted on 23-02-2004. Accordingly, renovation work was conducted and punaprathista done on 22-05-2004. The Rajagopuram was also inaugurated on the same occasion.

About Kozhencherry

Located 13 km from Pathanamthitta on the banks of River Pamba, Kozhencherry is an affluent Christian centre and part of NRI belt covering Thiruvalla, Kumbanad, Kalloopara and Pathanamthitta. This a taluk headquarters in Pathanamthitta district and is enroute to the famous pilgrim centre Sabarimala which is about 85 km away.

maramon convention The place is famous for the Maramon Convention held in Feb-March every year on the dry river bed of river Pamba. This is the biggest religious congregation of Christians in Asia and the second biggest in the world. The first convention was in 1896 A.D. maramon bridge to KozhencheryChristians from all over India assemble here to listen to the gospels by scholars. About  100,000 devotees attend the convention. Maramon and Kozhencherry are separated by river Pamba and connected by a 500 feet concrete bridge. 

 

aranmula templeThe famous Parthasarathi temple of Aranmula is about 3 km to the west of   Kozhencherry bridge. The idol is believed to be erected by Arjuna. The annual commemoration of the installation of the deity falls on the last day of the Onam Festival. As part of this celebration, the Arunmula boat race is held on this day.


aranmula kannadiAranmula is also famous for its hand-made metal mirrors (a unique art which is not found any where else in the world) made of  metal. It is believed that a divine visitation inspired a window of this village to discover a mysterious blend of bronze which could be waxed bright into crystal clear mirror.