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Sree Poornathrayesa Temple
'Vrischikotsavam' which starts the festival season
'Vrischikotsavam' which starts the festival season
Sree Poornathrayesa Temple is located in Kerala
Sree Poornathrayesa Temple
Sree Poornathrayesa Temple
Location in Kerala
Proper name Sree Poornathrayesa temple
Coordinates 9°56′42.1″N 76°20′32.0″E / 9.945028°N 76.342222°E / 9.945028; 76.342222Coordinates: 9°56′42.1″N 76°20′32.0″E / 9.945028°N 76.342222°E / 9.945028; 76.342222
Country India
State Kerala
Location Tripunithura
Primary deity Lord Vishnu in the form of "Santhana Gopala Moorthy"
Architectural styles Kerala
History and governance
Date built Unknown (Believed to exist since Dwapara Yuga)

Sree Poornathrayesa temple (in Malayalam: പൂര്‍ണ്ണത്രയീശ ക്ഷേത്രം) is situated in Tripunithura, Kochi, the capital of the former Kingdom of Cochin. The temple is considered among the greatest temples in Kerala. The temple is famous for its yearly Utsavams or festivals. The main one is the Vrishchikoltsawam,[1] which is conducted every year in the month of Vrishchikam (November–December), kicking off the 'Ulsava' Season in Kerala. And this Vrishchikolsavam is the biggest temple festival of Ernakulam District and one of the biggest temple festivals of Kerala also.

The deity in this temple is Lord Vishnu who is in the form of Santhanagopala Murthy. It is well believed that childless couples will be blessed with children on praying Poornathrayesan.


Traditions say that Lord Vishnu offered the idol of Sree Poornathrayeesa to Arjuna (the third of the five Pandava brothers), when he sought the help of the Lord to give rebirth to the ten children of a Brahmin. The ten children and the sacred idol were taken by Arjuna in his chariot and he handed over the children to the Brahmin. In memory of this event, a temple was built with a sanctum-sanctorum in the form of a chariot. Lord Ganesh was sent by Arjuna to search a holy place for the installation of Lord Vishnu. Earlier, the idol was kept in a palace which is situated at the west of the main temple and now it is known as Poonithura Kottaram.

Lord Ganesh, who was attracted by the holiness of the ancient Vedic Village, Poornavedapuram (now Tripunithura), tried to occupy the place for himself. However, Arjuna pushed him away to the southern side of the sanctum and installed his idol there. This is different from the usual custom, where Lord Ganesh has a separate shrine at the south-western side of the inner prakaram. As the place was bounded by mustard fields, Arjuna used some mustard seeds to get oil for lighting lamp. You can see a Valia Vilakku situated in front of the idol. Folks say that the burnt oil of this traditional lamp contains medicinal value.

Legends reveal that Sree Poornathrayeesa is the elder brother of the Goddesses of Chottanikkara and Pishari temples. It is also believed that the Lord was married to a Namboothiri girl, Nangema, from Vadakkedathu Mana. During the annual temple festival occasions, deities from Perumthrikovil (Lord Shiva) and Pishari kovil (Lakshmi) visit here for a combined procession. This is locally called as Sankara Narayana Vilakku (Shiva and Vishnu) and Laksmi Narayana Vilakku (Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu). The Aarattu (the holy bath of the deity) of Sree Poornathrayeesa takes place at the temple pond of Chakkamkulangara Shiva Temple, which is situated north-east of the Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple.

Temple Structure[edit]

The structure of the temple was redesigned in 1921 by the great architect Late Sri Eachara Warrier.


The first floor of the two-storied gopuram consists of a mandapam (Dias), and eight beautifully carved wooden pillars support the Mandapam.

Famous Festivals[edit]

Vrishchika Ulsavam[edit]

This festival usually starts in the November–December time frame every year. The festival lasts for 8 days, with events running 24/7. Events feature traditional folk art forms such as Ottanthullal, Kathakali, Thayambaka, Chenda melam, Kacheri. Stalls are set up in front of and behind the temple selling food and various articles.

See also[edit]



External links[edit]

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22 news items


Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:59:40 -0700

Before leaving for Delhi, Sreesanth had left everything to God. On his Facebook page and on Twitter account, Sreesanth posted pictures of God Poornathrayeesa and St. Antony. Sreesanth had gone to Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple in Tripunithura to pray on ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Sat, 30 Nov 2013 21:27:40 -0800

Marking the start of the festival season in Kerala, the eight-day long 'Vrischikotsavam' commenced at Tripunithura Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple on Saturday. Different from the custom being followed by other temples, the festival began with the 'Brahma ...
The New Indian Express
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:33:45 -0800

KOCHI:The Cochin Devaswom Board (CDB) on Friday submitted before the Kerala High Court that its decision to shift the unused and unfit gold and other valuables from the Sree Poornathrayeesa temple, Tripunithura, to the central stock, Thrissur, would in ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:42:29 -0700

“His attempts to effect radical changes in social and religious matters, selling 14 gold caprisons of the Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple and cutting the allowances of the princes to fund the Shoranur-Cochin railway, and effecting a cut in the rations to ...
Times of India
Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:11:15 -0800

KOCHI: The Kerala high court on Tuesday issued a stay order on Cochin devaswom board (CDB)'s alleged move to transfer gold ornaments of Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple at Tripunithura to the board's head office at Thrissur. A division bench, comprising ...
The Hindu
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 04:00:00 -0800

It dates back to 1791, when Rama Varma Sakthan Thampuran and his immediate matrilineal family consisting of an aunt, Chittamma Thampuran and her children moved to Tripunithura and settled down adjacent to Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple. This was ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Wed, 08 May 2013 23:08:08 -0700

The construction work on the Namaskara Mandapam at Sree Poornathrayesa temple at Tripunithura will be completed before December. According to the Cochin Devaswom Board (CDB) officials, the Poornathrayeesa Seva Sangham has been entrusted with ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:56:15 -0800

Vrischikolsavam, the annual festival of Sree Poornathrayeesha Temple, drew to a close with the 'Aarattu' ritual on Thursday. The eight-day event was celebrated in all its glory. The festivities concluded with the presiding deity being taken for a holy ...

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