(Last Updated on : 08/07/2015)
Munnar, a town and hill station in the Idukki district
, is home to many ancient temples
. These temples celebrate various festivals that are participated by a large number of people. Some of these temples and their festivals are described below:
Sree Krishna Temple
This temple of Munnar is dedicated to Lord Krishna
. It is located at Peermade, 42 km from Kurnili. The annual festival here is celebrated for ten days. It starts with the hoisting of the temple flag
(Kodiyettam). The last two evenings of the festival are marked by lively performances of Ottanthullal and Kavadiyattam. On the last night, the 'Thidampu' is taken out for the Arattu' i.e. holy bath. It is a colourful procession with the Thidampu. It is ceremoniously carried on a caparisoned elephant
along with the temple music
, 'Panchavadyam', which indicates the conclusion of the festival.
Sree Dharmasastha Temple
This temple of Munnar is dedicated to Lord Dharmasastha. The deity is Ayyappa, who was born of Hari (Lord Vishnu
) and Hara (Lord Shiva
), with Hari assuming the form of a female (Mohini
This festival of Dharmasastha temple is celebrated with lots of pomp and gaiety. During the festival, 'Ammankudam' and 'Thalappow', 'Garudanvaravu', the folk rituals are performed, which represent the celestial bird
Sree Murugan Kovil
This temple is dedicated to Lord Subramanya
. This deity is also known as Sree Muruga, son of Lord Siva. Here, 'Thrikkarthika Utsavam' festival is celebrated with lots of fun.
Sree Ayyappa Temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. It is situated at Anachal 15 km from Munnar. The six day annual festival of the temple starts with the ceremonial hoisting of the temple flag (Kodiyettam).
Santhigiri Sree Maheswari Temple
This temple of Munnar is dedicated to Lord Siva. It is situated at Santhigiri at the centre of Adimali town. Every year, a five day festival is celebrated in this temple. The last day of Shivaratri
is considered to be the most auspicious for worship.
Sree Parthasarathy Temple
This temple is situated at Mundakkayam, around 65 km from Thekkady
. It is dedicated to Lord Parthasarathy. The six-day annual festival of the temple begins with the ceremonial hoisting of the temple flag (Kodiyettam).
Sree Krishnaswamy Temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is located at the heart of Thodupuzha town. Every year, a ten day festival is celebrated in this temple. Kathakali
performances are also held on 5th and 6th days of the festival.
Thus, the festivals of Munnar are the occasions of mirth and excitement.
All the above mentioned temples and their festivals attract pilgrims from various corners of India.