Thursday, 17 August 2017

Young Sree Krishna Seated On The Lap Of Lord Ganesha - Malliyoor Maha Ganapathy Temple - Kuruppanthara, Kottayam

The Malliyoor Sree MahaGanapathy Temple in Kottayam district, Kerala is the sacred abode of the all - encompassing divine presence of Lord Ganesha and also a coveted destination of lakhs of pilgrims from all over India. The endearing elephant - headed Lord Ganesha, the son of Siva and Parvathy, enjoys prime place among all the gods in the Hindu pantheon. He is Parabrahma incarnate, the God of Wisdom and Learning, the Remover of all Obstacles and is worshipped first, any other god.

Malliyoor Maha Ganapathy Temple Front View
Malliyoor Maha Ganapathy Temple Front View
The Malliyoor Sree MahaGanapathy Temple is in comparable in the conception of the presiding deity as Vaishnava Ganapathy, with a young Sree Krishna seated on the lap of Lord Ganesha. This unique and powerful infusion of the Vaishnava spirit in the Ganesha idol is the supreme achievement of the devoted penance of the much-revered main priest of the temple, Brahmasree Bhagavathahamsam Malliyoor Sankaran Nampoothiri. Today thousand of devotees flock to the feet of Vasihnava Ganapthy at Malliyoor seeking eternal salvation form the bonds of Karama and solace from the evils of Kaliyuga.

Malliyoor Maha Ganapathy Temple Kodimaram
Malliyoor Maha Ganapathy Temple Kodimaram
According to the legends, the temple was jointly administrated by two families, the Aryappally mana and Vadakkedam Mana. These two families united to form the Malliyoor family. But the family soon fell into bad times. Even though, renovation works were done at different stages for the temple, the works always got disrupted. It all changed with the then priest Bhagavatha Hamsam Brahmasree Malliyoor Shankaran Namboothiri starting to recite 'Sree Maha Bhagavatham in front of Ganesha and offering to his Lord. His intense prayer and the devotion resulted in the infusion of the spirit of Mahavishnu into the idol of Ganesha. That is why the deity here is termed as Vaishnava Ganapathy.

Painting On The Temple Wall
Painting On The Temple Wall
The temple is built as per traditional Kerala architecture, but currently a major renovation work is underway to elevate the temple to the status of a Mahakshetram. A Vishnu Maheswara Temple is being constructed beside the main structure now, with chuttambalam, thidappally and mulayara. The deity here is conceptualized as Beeja Ganapathy - the trunk twisted rightwards (valampiri) carries a lime on its tip, hands hold axe, rope, horn and a laddoo can. Malliyoor Sree MahaGanapathy Temple is incomparable in the conception of the presiding deity as Vaishnava Ganapathy, with a young Sree Krishna seated on the lap of Lord Ganesha. Traditional dress is allowed. Devotees are not allowed to enter the temple wearing shirt, banyan, lungi, chapels etc.

Malliyoor Maha Ganapathy Temple Prakaram
Malliyoor Maha Ganapathy Temple Prakaram
Vinayaka Chathurthi in Chingam (August-September) is the main festival. On that day Sahasrashtathika (1008) Ashtadravya Maha Ganapathy Homam and Gaja pooja will be performed. The 8 day long annual utsavam is in Meenam (March-April). The arattu is done in the pond of Iravimangalam Subrahmanya Swami temple. The birthday of Brahmasree Malliyoor Shankaran Namboothiri is celebrated in the month of Makaram (January-February) in a grand style. In the previous years his birthdays were celebrated in connection with Ekona Satha Krathu Sapthaha Yajnam, Maha Samrajya Pattabhishekam, Sreemad Bhagavatha Parishad etc. Ashtamirohini, Navarathri, Mandalam Chirappu, Ganesha Music Festival, Vishu, Monthly Bhagavatha Sapthaha Yajnam are the other important festivals here.

Malliyoor Maha Ganapathy
Malliyoor Maha Ganapathy

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 05:00 AM To 11:30 AM
Evening Timings : 05:30 PM To 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

To reach Malliyoor temple by bus, alight Kuruppanthara Junction in Kottayam - Ernakulam Road, (MC Road). Temple is 2 km away from the Junction. To reach Malliyoor temple by road, turn at Kuruppanthara Junction in Kottayam - Ernakulam Road, (MC Road). From there follow the indications for the temple. Temple is 2 km away from the Junction. To reach Malliyoor temple by train, alight Kuruppanthara station in Kottayam - Ernakulam route. Temple is 0.5 km away from this station. Kottayam is 23 km away from Malliyoor and Ernakulam is 56 km away. Cochin International Airport is 72 km away.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Malliyoor Sri Maha Ganapathy Temple,
Manjoor (PO),
Kuruppanthara,
Kottayam,
Pin Code : 686 603,
Kerala.
Phone : 04829 243455 ; 04829 243465 ; 99464 07271

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