Faith and Spirituality: Temples, Churches and Mosques in Kerala
Kerala is known for its scenic beauty. But there is more to see and experience in Kerala. These include the famous temples churches in Kerala.
As you travel the length and breadth of God’s Own Country, Kerala, you will see strong glimpses of spirituality and religion. And these make up a significant part of the lives of the people here.
Most Keralites begin their day by visiting a temple or shrine and performing daily rituals and pujas.
RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS OF KERALA
Every year, the people of Kerala celebrate their religious festivals on a large scale with great fervour. Devotees come to Kerala from across the country to join in the celebrations.
So, the next time you’re in Kerala, do visit its well-known temples and churches to get a feel of the spirituality and faith predominant in this beautiful state.
An important annual festival that is celebrated on a magnificent scale is the Thrissur Pooram. The festivities take place in the months of April-May in Thrissur.
In addition to having an extremely high literacy rate, Kerala is also one of the most secular states of India. Hence, in Kerala, temples, churches, and mosques coexist in great numbers.
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During the famous Sabarimala Pilgrimage, devotees pay their respects at the Vavar Mosque, followed by the St. Sabastian Church and only then proceed to the Sabarimala temple to worship Lord Ayyappa.
Where else can you find such unbiased faith and pure spiritual connection?
Spirituality and Religion: Temples and Churches in Kerala
There are many famous Temples, Churches, and Mosques in Kerala. Let us look at some of them.
PADMANABHA SWAMY TEMPLE, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
While in Kerala, you must visit the famous Padmanabha Swamy Temple, located in Thiruvananthapuram.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Padmanabha (Lord Vishnu) who is seen reclining on the serpent, Anantha.
In fact, this temple is one of the 108 well regarded Vishnu Temples in India. And the temple’s majestic and detailed architecture is bound to catch your eye.
MANGALA DEVI TEMPLE
Located at about 15 km from Thekkady on a mountaintop, the Mangala Devi Temple is open to visitors on the day of the Chithra Pournami festival.
SABARIMALA TEMPLE, PATHANAMTHITTA
The Sabarimala Temple is one of the most sacred pilgrimage spots in Kerala and millions of devotees visit this temple every year.
These devotees set off on a difficult pilgrimage to reach the temple. And many pilgrims venture on the uphill trek, barefoot.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa and located at about 190 km from Thiruvananthapuram.
SREE KRISHNA TEMPLE, GURUVAYUR
The Guruvayur Temple is another important shrine in Kerala. Not surprisingly, thousands of pilgrims come here every year from various parts of the country.
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This temple stands out from the other temples as the daily temple rituals are carried out on a significantly larger scale.
In addition, the temple organizes discourses from the Bhagawat Geeta.
Some of the other notable temples in Kerala are as follows:
- Thirunakkara Mahadev Temple, Kottayam
- Vadakkumnathan Temple, Thrissur
- Kadampuzha Temple Malappuram
- Chottanikkara Temple Ernakulam
- Ettumanoor Shiva Temple
- Parasurama Temple
- Thiruvallam and Attukal Temple, Thiruvananthapuram
- Thootha Bhagavathi Temple, Malappuram
- Nellikulangara Bhagavathi Temple, Palakkad
- Peruvanam Temple, Thrissur, and others.
ST. FRANCIS CHURCH, ERNAKULAM COCHIN
Built in 1503 and later restored in 1795, the St. Francis Church is the oldest European Church in India.
DID YOU KNOW? The Tombstone of Vasco Di Gama is here.
Other Churches in Kerala include:
- St. Mary`s Church, Kottayam
- St. Sebastian’s Church, Arthunkal
- Valliyapalli Church
- Cheryapalli Malayattoor Church
- St. George Church Edathua Alappuzha
- Kottayam Bharananganam
FAMOUS MOSQUES IN KERALA
- Cheraman Juma Masjid, Kodungalloor
- Kaanjiramattom Mosque
- Vavar Mosque, Erumeli
To Know More About the beautiful state of Kerala, Visit: keralatourism.org
The state of Kerala in India is unlike any other. And its natural beauty is mesmerizing, especially its backwaters and beaches. So, a trip to Kerala offers a beautiful amalgamation of spirituality, sightseeing and relaxation amongst its scenic locales! Lastly, if you haven’t already, plan a trip to this beautiful state and take-home lasting memories.
LAST UPDATED: 15th Jan 2021