PILGRIMAGE IN THRISSUR, KERALA
This place is a seaport town situated about 50 kms from Kochi on the west coast of India. St. Thomas was supposed to have landed at Kodungallur, here in 52 A.D. The St. Thomas Church established by him here houses ancient relics. Cheraman Juma Masjid is located about 2 kms. from Kodungallur town and resembles a Hindu temple. This mosque was built in 629 AD and the first mosque in India and second in the world where Juma prayers were started. The other places of interest are Cheramanparambu, the anient Portuguese fort and Thiruvanchikulam Temple. Vadakkumnathan Temple: The Vadakkumnathan Temple is a classic example of the Kerala style of architecture and has many decorative murals and pieces of art. This Temple is one of the oldest temples in Thrissur. The world famous Pooram festival is also celebrated here annually in April-May. The fireworks at the Pooram festival are a spectacular sight. The non-Hindus can't visit the temple.
One of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of Kerala. The main attraction in Guruvayoor is the Sree Krishna Temple. This historic temple is shrouded in mystery. According to local people, the temple is the creation of Guru, the perceptor of the Gods and Vayu, the God of winds. The square Sreekovil is the sacred sanctum sanctorum of the temple that houses the main deity. Within the main temple there are also the images of Lord Ganesh, Lord Ayyappa and Edathedattu Kavil Bhagavathy. The temple has the largest fleet of about 50 elephants. They are taken around the town in a grand procession during the festivals.
Irinjalakuda Koodal Manikyam Temple:
This ancient temple is dedicated to the Lord Bharata, the brother of Sri Rama. The Temple is situated 10 km away from Irinjalakuda railway station. Its perhaps the only temple in India where Lord Bharata is the main deity. The colourful eleven day annual festival with a pageant of thirteen caparisoned elephants is held in April in this temple. This festival marks the end of the Hindu temple festival season in Kerala.
Matha Mariam Big Church:
This Valiapally Big Church is a grand church and was built in 1815 and the oldest church in the town. It is a must visit place in the town. This church is known for its exquisite carvings and carries the whole of Christianity in Thrissur. Lourdes Cathedral and Church of Our Lady of Dolores are other important churches of the town.