Irumpanam Makaliyam Sree Rama Swami Temple
Makaliyam Sree Rama Swami Temple is located at Irumpanam near Trippunithura in between Karingachira and Kakkanad. This is the only temple in Tripunithura with Lord Sree Rama as main deity facing west side. This temple is controlled by Cochin Devaswom Board and the day to day affairs are managed by Makaliyam Kshetra Upadesaka Samithi (MKUS), a voluntary organization led by local people.
Here Lord Rama is in Kharasamhara Bhava. Lord is in standing position with 18 hands holding several weapons and instruments. Here Lord Rama is in most powerful form after killing asura king Khara and his brothers Dooshana and Thrissirass along with fourteen thousand asuras. Khara was a devotee of Lord Shiva. At the end of the war he requested Lord Rama to give darsan in the form of Lord Shiva. Inorder to show the truth - Shiva and Vishnu are the same - Lord Rama gave darsan in the form of Lord Shiva. Thus there is a third eye for Lord Makaliyathappan. Though Wednesday is an auspicious day for darsan, since Lord Shiva is also in the diety, it is believed that Mondays and Saturdays are also ideal days for darsan. Because of the presence of two devas in main diety, there are two Thanthries (Chief Priests) for this temple. Brahmasree Chennas Narayanan Nambuthiripad of Chittoor Chennas Mana and Puliyannur Prasad Narayanan Nambuthiripad of Eroor Puliyannur Manaa are the Thanthries of this temple.
This temple was constructed in between AD 1100 and 1300. Around 200 years ago a fire broke out in the temple and almost all of the gopurams and oottupura of this Maha Temple were severely damaged. After this tragic fire accident, local people reconstructed the temple. Now this temple has a copper dwaja and almost every structures required for a traditional Kerala temple. The Sreekovil is circular in shape with conical roof. Lord Sree Ganapathy and Lord Sree Ayyappa are the upadevathas. Presence of Lord Hanuman and Lord Garuda are also there.
The daily rituals in this temple begins with Nirmalya Darsanam at 5:00 am and closes at 10:00 am after morning poojas. The temple reopens at 5:15 pm in the evening and closes after Athazha pooja at around 8:00 pm.
The Upadesaka Samithy is trying their level best to popularise the temple culture by organising different programmes during the eight day long annual festival, Sree Rama Navami, Vinayaka Chathurthi, Vijaya Dasami, Mahanavami, Ashtami Rohini, Thrikkarthika and on other festival days and various cultural programmes like Bhajan Sandhya, Chakkyar Koothu, Ottanthullal, Music Concerts, Prabhashanam, Veenakacheri, Sopana Sangeetham etc within the holy temple precincts.
For more details and location map visit http://www.makaliyathappan.org/ and donate generously for the renovation of the temple.