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Vadakkumnathan temple is the one of the archaic Siva temple in Kerala. And it is the largest temples in the state. This temple is a classical example of the Kerala style of architecture and has many decorative murals and works of art. The temple contains the sacred shrines of Parama Shiva, Parvathy, Sankaranarayana, Ganapathy, Sri Rama and Sri Krishna. The central shrines and Koothambalam exhibit exquisite vignettes carved in wood. Legend goes that this temple was founded by Parasurama. This is the venue of the world famous Pooram festival celebrated annually in April-May. The fireworks at the Pooram is a spectacular sight. Non-Hindus are not allowed entry into the temple.
Kanyakumari, the southern most tip of India is situated 87 kms away fromTrivandrum. It is a place of the confluence of the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, where one can enjoy the unique experience of watching the sunset and moon rise simultaneously on a full moon evening. Swamy Vivekananda, the great Indian philosopher went into contemplation here on a rock off the shore. In this rock the Vivekananda Rock Memorial stands today. Kanyakumari Temple, dedicated to Parasakthi, the virgin Goddess, is located overlooking the sea. The place is symbol of unity and sanctity (non hindus are not allowed into the inner sanctum).
At Madhur, 8 Kms. north east of Kasaragod, is the famous Madhur Srimad Anantheswara Vinayaka temple. The imposing structure of the temple, with its turrets and gables and the copper plate roofing, rises majestically against the beautiful landscape of hills, paddy fields and gardens with the river Madhuvahini flowing leisurely in front of it.
The Madhur temple is a Siva temple with Srimad Anantheswara as its presiding deity. The Sivalingam of the temple is said to have been found by a harijan woman, Madharu.
A special festival associated with the Madhur temple is the Moodappa seva.The large figure of Maha Ganapathi is covered with appam. It requires enormous quantities of rice and lakhs of rupees for its conduct. The festival is conducted only periodically in view of the huge expenditure involved.It was celebrated in April 1962 after a lapse of about 160 years, and very recently in April 1992.
The ceiling of the Namaskara Mantapam of the Madhur Temple has been decorated with beautiful figures of puranic heroes in wood carving. A closer examination of the wood carvings would disclose the various episodes of the Ramayana, beginning with the Putrakameshtiyagam and ending with Seetha Swayamvaram. The Mantapam in the interior of the temple building as well as the outside façade of the second and third storeys of the main building are also profuse with attractive and exquisite wood carvings.
The glorious days of kalaripayattu had set with the dawn of the 17th century, with increasing use of guns Kalari meaning school and Payattu meaning combat, Kalaripayattu is one of the advanced combat sciences of the world and has reproduced many a hero whose exploits are celebrated in legends and folk songs. In the past, each desom or locality had its kalari or gymnasium, presided over by the guardian deity called Kalari Paradevatha or Bhagavathi. Most of the heroes of medieval Kerala were products of the Kalari system. Both boys and girls received training in the kalari. It is the training and pratice in kalari that are known by the term kalaripayattu and this is valued very much from the point of view of physical culture. The whole philosophy underlying kalaripayattu is that the system is to be used only for noble causes and never for self aggrandisementand cannons.
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Cheruthuruthy is a small village located near by the bank of Bharathapuzha (Nila River). World famous Kerala Kalamandalam situated in this village, Kerala Kalamandalam renowned the world over for its Kathakali training centre, founded by the poet Vallathole Narayana Menon. It is in this academy that the best of Kerala’s Kathakali performers get their rigorous training. The institution also offers training in music, drama and other dance forms including Mohiniyattam, Koodiyattam and Ottamthullal. Cultural programmes are also arranged. The Kerala Kalamandalam is functioning at Vallathole Nagar. The Samadhi (tomb) of the poet Vallathole, the founder of this famous institution is at the premises of old Kalamandalam.
The Indian Institute of Panchakarma under the Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Sidha is situated at Vallathole Nagar.
Location : 30 Kms From Thrissur.