Sree Rama Temple in MalappuramRamapuram was named after the famous temple situated here, Sree Rama Temple. The village is situated near Palai, which is 40 km distant from Kottayam. The temple is known to be around 1000 years old.
The temple is managed by the Trust named as Ramapuram Devaswom consisting of three families, the Amanakara mana, the Kunnoor mana, and the Karanattu mana, who share the responsibility in rotation every six months.
History of Sree Rama Temple in MalappuramThere is an interesting legend as to how the Sree Rama Temple came into existence. The legend says that Lord Rama, after living a prosperous life as the ruler of Ayodhya, handed the kingdom and other responsibilities to his sons and left Ayodhya to find mental peace and satisfaction.
It is said that he followed the same path towards the South, which he trekked earlier in search of his consort, Sita. On reaching this place, he was mesmerized by the natural beauty and the serenity of this place, and chose this very place for his meditation.
Meanwhile, when the three brothers of Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata, Satrughna, found him missing, they too followed the same path as their elder brother; and after finding Ram, the three brothers joined him in his meditation.
The Sree Rama Temple was constructed to honor this incident. Later on, the temples were also built for all the three brothers of Rama.
The temple is known to be erected in the 12th century. This is the only place where you can find the four temples dedicated to the four brothers, at only 3-4 km radius.
As a tradition adopted by the Hindu households in this village and neighbourhood, one child in the household is given the name Rama.
Nalambala DarshnamThe visit to all the four temples on the same day is known as the Nalambala Darshnam. Devotees begin their visit from the Sree Rama Temple, followed by Lakshmana Temple, then Bharata Temple, then Satrughna Temple, and then again to the Sree Rama Temple.
All days during the Malayalam month of Karkidaka and Sundays of other months, are the best for Nalambala Darshnam.
Nalambala Darshnam has made Ramapuram an important pilgrim city of the country.
Offerings at Sree Rama Temple in MalappuramAs a religion, all the Hindu temples in the northern part of the state of Kerala are rich rites and rituals. The Sree Rama Temple follows the same path. The poojas performed in the morning are as below.
- Nada Thurakkal (the opening pooja) at 5 am
- Usha Pooja at 5.45 am
- Ethirtha Pooja at 6.30 am
- Pantheerady Pooja at 7.15 am
- Ucha Pooja at 9.30 am
- Nada Adakkal (the closing pooja) at 10.00 am
The poojas in the evening are different as given below.
- Nada Thurakkal (the opening pooja) at 5 pm
- Deeparadhana at 6.30 pm
- Athazha Pooja at 7.30 pm
- Nada Adakkal (the closing pooja) at 8.00 pm
In Ramayana Masa (the Malyalam month of Karkkidakam), the pooja timings are scheduled between 5.00 am to 12.00 pm and 5.00 pm to 7.30 pm.
Festivals at Sree Rama Temple in MalappuramThe annual festival of the Sree Rama Temple is celebrated during Meenom from March to April; this festival lasts for 8 days.
Sree Rama Swami Temple Address: Ramapuram PO, Kottayam District, Kerala 686576
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