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Sri Lakshmana Perumal temple
 
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Moolavar: Lakshmana Perumal, Tirumoozhi Kalathan,Appan, Sukthinathan
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Maduraveni Nachiar
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: Chittaru, Sanga Theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Tirumoozhikalam
  City: Tirumoozhikalam
  District: Ernakulam
  State: Kerala
 
Singers:
     
  Saint Nammazhwar in his song addresses a crane in the tank nearby the temple requesting to take his message to Lord Tirumoozhikalathan holding His discuss and wearing the Tulsi garland that it is not fair on the part of the Lord to ignore him (Azhwar) waiting for His grace with tearful eyes.   The shrine has the reputation of the Mangalasasanam of Nammazhwar and Tirumangai Azhwar.  
     
 Festival:
     
  Besides special pujas and abisheks to Lord in all Tiruvonam star days of the year, Chithirai Tiruvonam (April-May) Aarattu festival is celebrated grandly with a flag hoisting tem days earlier. In Kerala, as Aadi month (July-August) is considered as Ramayana month, devotee crowd is huge in the temple during this month.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  This is one of the 108 sacred shrines of Lord Vishnu where Lakshmana and Bharatha worshipped together. It is said that Lakshmana built the Tower and Mandaps of the temple.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 5.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Lakshmana Perumal Temple, Tirumoozhikalam, Ernakulam district. Kerala.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 484 - 247 3996 
    
 General Information:
     
 

Lord Perumal graces facing east with discus and conch in His upper two hands, a club in the right lower hand and a lotus in the left resting on His hip.  Sage Haridha Maharshi had worshipped Perumal in this temple.  There is also a shrine for Lord Shiva showing harmony between Saivite and Vaishanavite faiths.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Devotees seeking child boon perform Tirivonam puja for which they have to book one year in advance.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees offer Sandal paste Alankar to Lord. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

The temple is situated on the banks of famous Bharatapuzha River in Kerala.  According to evidences available, the place was a centre of learning.  As the sacred text Sri Sukthi came into being in this place, this was a pleasant centre of research for the scholars. 

 

During his exile, when Sri Rama was staying in Chitrakuda in the forest, Bharatha came there to take Sri Rama to Ayodhya back.  Lakshmana misunderstood Bharata’s visit to the place and was ready to kill him.  Lakshmana realized his mistake and sought the pardon of Perumal in the temple.  Bharata came in, embraced his brother and spoke softly to him.  Hence the name of the place, Tirumozhikalam – place of auspicious and soft words.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

Lord Krishna was performing his pujas in Dwaraka with four idols of Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Satrugana.  After Dwaraka was drowned in floods later, Sage Vakelwa got these idols.  Lord appearing in his dream, asked the Rishi o install them in places on the banks of Bharatapuzha River.  Accordingly, Rama was installed in Tiruparayar in Trissur district, Bharata in Irugnalakuda, Satrugna in Payamal and Lakshmana as Lakshmana Perumal in Tirumoozhikalam.  This is the only Vishnu temple named after Lakshmana.

 

According to other story, Haridha Maharshi performed penance on Lord Vishnu here.  Pleased with his penance, Lord appeared before and offered his wish.  The Rishi asked the Lord to tell people an easy way to reach Him.  Lord, in his reply said that every one should practice the trade assigned to them according to Varnasrama Dharmas and offered the Sri Sukthi text explaining the puja rules.  This event also is attributed to the name Tirumozhikalam (place of sacred, soft and auspicious words) which later changed as Tirumoozhikalam.

 
     
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