Thirumarayoor Sree Rama Temple

Thirumarayoor is a small village situated around 5 km from Piravom at Edakkattuvayal Panchayath in Ernakulam District. Devotees can reach here through veliyanadu from Peppathy junction in Mulanthuruthy - Piravam road. The distance from Ernakulam is 35 km. Thirumarayoor Sree Rama Swami temple is a beautifully sculptured ancient temple and is situated in a tiny land flanked by lush green paddy fields. The Mealppazhoor Mana,Illam of Aryamba, Mother of Jagadguru Aaadishankara is near to this temple( 2 km from Thirumarayoor). Melppazhoor is now known as Aadishankara Nilayam, and it is under the control of Chinmaya International Foundation. It is believed that Adishankara composed the Sree Rama Bhujanga Stotra in praise of Thirumarayoor Sree Rama. In the Phalasruthi He mentions that this stotra is Vedasaram(essence of Vedas).

There exist many arguments related to the name Thirumarayoor. ‘Mara’ means Veda. Thirumarayoor means the place echoed by the sacred Veda Mantras. Thirumarayoor village was a part of Vedanadu (Vendanadu), a Namboodiri Upagrama (Gramakshetram of Vendanad Gramam is Choottanikkara Bhagavathi Temple). The name Thirumarayoor symbolizes the relation with Vedas and Vedanadu. Another story is related with the Bali Vadha from Ramayana. Bhagavan Sri Rama shot his arrow to kill Bali by hiding behind a tree. It is said that this incident happened at Thirumarayoor. In traditional language hiding place is called “Mara”. So as Bhagavan Srirama hided and killed Bali, the place got the name Thuirumarayoor. Hence the deity in this temple, Srirama has been given the Bhava of God, attempting to kill Bali. Another argument is that the name "Thirumarayoor" originated from an event linked with the epic of "Ramayana". Seetha was attracted by a golden deer, which was originally the Mareecha who disguised as a deer, as part of the plot of Ravana to keep Rama away and steal Seetha. While Rama was chasing the deer, it disappeared at this place. The word in Malayalam for "disappear" is "marayuka". "Thiru" is indicating something related to God and "ooru" is the place. Thus the name Thiru-mara-ooru (Thirumarayoor) was originated.

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