Mannarsala Nagaraja Temple is an ancient snake worshipping temple nestled in a forest region. The temple is located about three kilometers to the north-east of the bus station in N.H.47 at Haripad. Mannarsala temple is the largest snake worshipping temple in kerala with more than 30000 images of snakes. Women praying for fertility offer Nurum Palum here, a special offering to Nagaraja. A turmeric paste preparing here is said to have curative powers.
The temple is located about three kilometers to the north-east of the bus station in N.H.47 at Haripad, in Alappuzha district of Kerala.
Nearest bus station :3 km from Haripad KSRTC bus stand
Nearest railway station :Haripad (3 km), Mavelikkara (10 km), Kayamkulam (11 km)
Airport :115 km from Cochin International Airport,125 km from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport on NH 47
Duration: 1 night - 2 days
Highlights: Sabarimala is a hindu pilgrimage center located in the western ghats mountain range of Pathanamthitta District, Perunad grama panchayat in Kerala. It is the largest annual pilgrimage in the world with an estimated 45–50 million devotees visiting every year.Sabarimala is believed to be the place where the Hindu God Ayyappan meditated after killing the powerful demoness, Mahishi. Ayyappan\\\'s temple is situated here amidst 18 hills. The temple is situated on a hilltop at an altitude of 468 m (1535 ft) above mean sea level, and is surrounded by mountains and dense forests. Temples exist in each of the hills surrounding Sabarimala. While functional and intact temples exist at many places in the surrounding areas like Nilackal, Kalaketi, and Karimala, remnants of old temples survive to this day on remaining hills.
Sabarimala is linked to Hindu pilgrimage, predominantly for men of all ages. You can identify a Sabarimala pilgrim easily as they wear black, orange, or blue dress.They do not shave till the completion of pilgrimage and smear Vibhuti or Sandal paste on their forehead. Women between the ages of 10 and 50 are not allowed to enter the temple, since the story attributed to Ayyappa prohibits the entry of the women in the menstrual age group. This is because Ayyappan is a Bramachari (Celibate). The temple is open for worship only during the days of Mandalapooja (approximately November 15 to December 26), Makaravilakku (January 14- \\\"Makara Sankranti\\\") and Vishu (April 14), and the first six days of each Malayalam month.
According to prominent historians, Wayanad has a long history. Historians are of the view that organized human life existed in these parts, for at least 3 millenniums. There are countless evidences about New Stone Age civilization, which can be seen at various spots in the hills of Wayanad, like the ones found in famous Edakkal caves. Pictures and pictorial writings found on the walls of two caves of Ampukuthimala located between Sulthan Bathery and Ambalavayal, speak volumes of the bygone era and civilization. From 18th century onwards recorded history of Wayanad is available. In ancient times, this land was ruled by the Rajas of the Veda tribe; most famous among rajas of that tribe was Vedar Raja Bhashkar Alok. Kurumbranadu Royal Dynasty of near Kottayam Thalassery in Kannur held rights to the land in early 18th century. Then it briefly came under the rule of Kingdom of Mysore as it campaigned in the Malabar Coast under Hyder Ali. Pazhassi Raja of Kurumbranadu helped the British in their fight against Hyder Ali’s son Tipu Sultan. When Tipu fell to British they took control of the region dumping the Pazhassi Raja.
When the Raja was driven to the wilderness of Wayanad. He organized a war, like people\'s militia with the help of Kurichya tribals and engaged the British in several guerrilla type encounters. Many fierce and internecine encounters took place between the British and Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja until the Raja committed suicide in 1805 when he was surrounded by the British. This completed the British occupation of Wayanad. The British authorities opened up the plateau for cultivation of tea and other cash crops. Roads were laid across the dangerous slopes of Wayanad, from Kozhikode and Thalassery. These roads were extended to the cities of Mysore and Ooty through Gudalur. Through the roads poured in settlers from all parts of Kerala and the virgin forestlands proved a veritable goldmine with incredible yields of cash crops. Wayanad stayed under British until India gained freedom in 1947. When the state of Kerala came into being in 1956, Wayanad was a part of Kannur district; later in 1957 South Wayanad was added to Kozhikode district and North Wayanad remained with Kannur district. In order to fulfill the aspirations of the people of Wayanad for development, north Wayanad and south Wayanad were carved out and joined together to form the present district of Wayanad. Formed as the 12th district of Kerala on the 1st November 1980, Wayanad comprised of three taluks; Vythiry, Mananthavady, and Sulthan Bathery.
The northern district of Wayanad can be aptly called the abode of Kerala’s tribal population. The native Adivasis mainly consist of various sects like Paniyas, Kurumas, Adiyars, Kurichyars, Ooralis, Kattunaickens, etc. The district, which forms an edge of the Deccan plateau of South India has a luxuriant forest cover and receives the maximum amount of annual rainfall compared to other regions of the State. Wayanad is famous for its Waterfalls, mist covered valleys, spice plantations, hill ranges, and wildlife sanctuaries and tone Age sites. These sites attract scores of people to Wayanad every year.
Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to god Krishna (an avatar of the god Vishnu), located in the town of Guruvayur in Kerala, India. It is one of the most important places of worship for Hindus of Kerala and is often referred to as \"Bhuloka Vaikunta,\" which translates to the Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth.\" However, even though the shrine is considered to be one of the holiest spots for Vaishnavites (Vishnu followers). The temple is not a part of the famous 108 Divya Desams temple list.
Board depticting non-hindus are not allowed inside the temple.
The presiding deity in the Sanctum sanctorum of the Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple is Vishnu. The central icon is a four-armed Krishna carrying the conch Pancajanya, the discus Sudarshana Chakra, the mace Kaumodaki and a lotus with a Holy basil garland. This image represents the majestic form of Vishnu as revealed to Krishna\'s parents Vasudeva and Devaki around the time of Krishna\'s birth. Hence Guruvayur is also known as \"Dwarka of South India.\" He is currently worshipped according to routines laid down by Adi Shankara and later written formally in the tantric way, the inter-religious spiritual movement that arose in medieval India, by Cennas Narayanan Nambudiri (born in 1427). The Cennas Nambudiris are the hereditary tantris of the Guruvayur Temple.
The temple (puja) routines are strictly followed. The tantri (high priest) is available full-time at the Temple to ensure this. The Melsanti (Chief Priest) enters the sanctum sanctorum at 2:30 in the morning and does not drink anything up to the completion of \"noon worships\" at 12:30 PM.