Kodungallur is a small town in Thrissur and is located on the Malabar Coast of Kerala. The town served as the capital for the Cheraman Kings during the 7th century.
The kings were influential in making Kodungallur a trade hub, and it is believed that during their reign it was commercially linked with the Middle East countries like Syria, Asia Minor and Egypt.
The Chereman kings were religious people and respected other faiths as well. Therefore, a trip to this town will make you feel like you are traversing through a town of temples, mosques and churches.
Cheraman Juma Masjid
The Cheraman Juma Masjid is believed to have been built in 629 AD by Malik Bin Deenar. It is considered to be the oldest mosque in India and the second oldest mosque in the world. The most noteworthy part of the temple is its architecture, which resembles a Hindu temple. There is an oil lamp which burns here at the center of the mosque. People of all faiths can enter here and pour oil in this lamp. There is a white marble block here, which is believed to have been brought from Makkah.
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The Koodalmanikyam Temple located at Iringalakuda is the only temple in India which is dedicated to Bharatha, the brother of Lord Ram. The temple is known for its architectural grandeur and splendid craftsmanship. Visitors coming here are left amazed by the beauty of the temple's architecture.
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Mar Thoma Shrine
The Mar Thoma Shrine also known as Mar Thoma Pontifical Shrine is where Saint Thomas is believed to have landed in Kerala. Built in Indo-Persian style, the shrine displays excellent craftsmanship and architectural beauty. Ancient relics of Saint Thomas are housed within the altar and are displayed to the public on certain select occasions. There is also a marvellous painting portraying the arrival of Saint Thomas which is yet another attraction of this shrine.
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Thiruvanchikkulam Mahadeva Temple
The Thiruvanchikkulam Mahadeva Temple is believed to be one of the oldest Shiva temples in South India. The temple carries a history of about 2000 years, and is best known for the manifestations of Lord Shiva namely; Gopuram Thevar, Dakshinamoorthy, Pasupathy, Natakkal Shivan, Sandhyavela Shivan, Palliyara Shivan, Unni Thevar and Konnakkal Shivan. The temple attracts the attention of many as it hosts a very rare event, namely Anayottam or the Elephant Race.
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Triprayar Sri Rama Temple
The Tripayar Sri Rama Temple is situated on the banks of Thriprayar River and is dedicated to Lord Ram, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. There are many myths about the idol in this temple, of which the most famous is that the idol contains the power of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Devotees throng this place to pay respect to the lord and also to enjoy the scenic view it provides.
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Sringapuram Mahadeva Temple
The Sringapuram Mahadeva Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the name when translated means Land of Sringa which is derived from a myth according to which Sage Rishyashringa installed the Shiva idol in this temple. What makes this temple different from other Shiva temples is that Lord Shiva is enshrined here without Goddess Parvati. The idol of Shiva depicts a sorrowful mood indicating the grief after the self-immolation of Sati.
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The Kurumbakavu Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi and the idol of the Goddess is said to adorn weapons in all her eight hands. The temple premises contain two more idols of Vasoorimala and Tavittumurthi. An air of devotion and chants of prayers linger in the surroundings of the temple, soothing the minds of those who visit it.
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Keezhthali Mahadeva Temple
The Keezhthali Mahadeva Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the prime attraction of this temple is a large Shivalingam, which is believed to be very old and is 8 ft high and 7.5 ft in radius. It is regarded as one of the biggest Shivalingams in India. The temple is located on a hull and gives a panoramic view of the region.
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