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Thirunavaya Ekadashi March 2023 At Thirunavaya Nava Mukunda Temple

Thirunavaya Ekadashi is observed in the Thirunavaya Nava Mukunda Temple in Kerala. Thirunavaya Ekadashi 2023 date is March 3. The Ekadasi falling during the waxing phase of moon in Malayalam month Kumbham is of great significance at the temple.

The temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Vishnu as Navamukunda. Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi and the elephant, Gajendra, worshipped Bhagavan Vishnu here by offering lotus flowers. When the lotus flowers in the pond dwindled, to please his devotee Gajendra, Bhagavan Vishnu is believed to have taken Goddess Lakshmi to his side so that Gajendra will have enough lotus flowers.

Another legend has it that the first eight murtis installed by Navayogis disappeared soon after installation and the ninth idol also started sinking and was forcibly stopped. The murti of Bhagavan Vishnu worshipped here is only visible from above knee.

The no moon day in Kumbha Masam (February - March) is of importance in the temple and is known as Kumbha Vavu - hundreds of people offer Bali and Tarpan to dead ancestors on the day here. The ritual is also performed on Karkidaka Vavu Bali day.

Thirunavaya Nava Mukunda Temple is located about at Thirunavaya Village which is 8 km south of Tirur near Ponnani in the Malappuram District of Kerala.