Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ST.MARYS FORANE CHURCH, KANJOOR

St.Marys Church, Kanjoor is one of the very ancient and historic Churches in India.It is one of the most popular pilgrim centers in Kerala.The Church is situated in a beautiful serene locality 3 km south of Kalady in the Aluva-Kalady route.The church   in a scenic place fascinates everyone at a glance which is  surrounded by greenery,paddy fields etc and the river Periyar flows alongside the Church.Devotees in large numbers visit this church.Saint Sebastian at Kanjoor(The Kanjoor Punyavalan) is the living Saint who is approached by the devotees and seek his blessings to get rid of their diseases, to get remove obstacles and problems in life.
The Church was built in the year 1001 A.D.and has a fascinating architecture which is a blend of Indian,Persian and Portuguese style.The Church has in possession of several articles which are very ancient.
The frescoes in this Church attracts devotees as well as tourists.The walls of Holy Altar is painted about the stories of Holy Bible.No changes were made to the frescoes and sculptures at the time of renovations and are maintained as existed.They are all well preserved  in good condition.The beautiful collection of sculptures and frescoes which adorn the Sanctum of the Church are made according to the tradition from natural pigments.
Granite Cross made out of a single stone,the epitaph in ancient round






script,documents written on palm leaves,Aana Vilakku(Elephant lamp) etc are some of the articles of antique value and historical importance.
The Elephant Lamp(Aana Vilakku) was donated to the Church by 'Sakthan Thampuran' the ruler of local Kingdom.Sakthan Thampuran believed in the sacred powers of Saint Sebastian.
 The retreat of Tippu Sulthan without doing any harm to the Church because he believed in the sacred powers of Saint Sebastian is a well known fact. Two large Paintings showing this event is depicted in front of the Church wall.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Thrikkodithanam,Pundareekapuram,Kudamaloor,Pandavam Temples

THRIKKODITHANAM MAHAVISHNU TEMPLE

Thrikkodithanam Mahavishnu Temple near Changanacherry in Kottayam District is belonging to the  '108' abodes of Lord Vishnu in India and Nepal which are famous as 'Divya Desams'.It is also one among the five Pandava temples in Kerala and believed to have been established by the youngest of the 'Pancha Pandava' prince 'Sahadeva'. It is  one of the oldest Mahavishnu temple in Kerala.
'Deepa Maholsavam' is a special festival held every year in this temple and this year's Deepa Maholsavam is being celebrated at present at the temple.
The temple has a circular Sanctum  and it is adorned with frescoes  which are preserved with much care.

PUNDAREEKAPURAM MAHAVISHNU TEMPLE


Pundareekapuram  Maha Vishnu Temple is situated at 'Midayikunnu' a village near Thalayolaparambu in Kottayam District.The temple is comparatively smaller  and the square sanctum is adorned with ancient murals.
The deity of this temple is depicted as Lord Vishnu with his consort mounted on bird 'Garuda' and such a theme is very rare in Vishnu temples.
The same depiction is shown as mural painting also.
Some of the frescoes here are 'Siva Parvathy,Coronation of Sri Rama,Lord Sastha astride a horse,Krishna in boyhood,Devi Durga vanquishing demon Mahishasura etc.
The word 'Pundareekapuram' means 'The City of Lotus'.
Large number of 'Nagaraja' idols can be seen in the temple premises.
The murals of this temple are believed to be of 18th century and the boldness and accuracy of the lines are appreciated by art lovers.

KUDAMALOOR VASUDEVAPURAM  TEMPLE






Kudamaloor is a  place in Kottayam district and the Vasudevapuram temple is famous for the ancient frescoes existed there.

PANDAVAM DHARMA SASTHA TEMPLE

Pandavam Dharma Sastha temple is situated at 'Aimanam' which is 3.5 km from Kottayam town.
The  idol of this temple Lord Dharma Sastha( Ayyappa) is along with his consorts 'Poorna and Pushkala'.
There are 18th century murals of Gods and Goddesses on the Sanctum walls  of this temple.