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Thuravoor Temple – Narasimha Temple at Thuravoor In Kerala

Thuravoor Temple is located on the National Highway 47 between Kochi and Alappuzha in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Bhagavan Narasimha (man-lion avatar of Vishnu Bhagavan) and Maha Sudarshana Moorthy (Sudarshana Chakra of Vishnu Bhagavan). The shrine is around 25 km south of Kochi and around 5 km from Cherthala.

There are two separate shrine is the same temple compound. There are two sanctum sanctorum and two gold-plated flagpoles. Anapandhal, or elephant rostrum, in the shrine is the largest in Kerala.

The murti of Lord Narasimha worshipped in the shrine belonged to Swami Padmapada, disciple of Adi Shankaracharya. Its origin is traced to Kashi.

The Narasimha Murti worshipped in the shrine is Ugranarasimha with four arms. It is in standing posture. There is a murti of Shiva too on the southern side of the sanctum who can be seen through a narrow window.

The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Ganapati, Sastha, Nagas, Bhagavathy and Brahmarakshas.

The Narasimha Temple is noted for its carvings, relief works, sculptures and murals. The shrine is a typical example of traditional Kerala temple architecture.

Maha Sudarshana Moorthy shrine is oldest of the two shrines. The antiquity of the shrine is yet to be traced.

The Sudarshana Murti worshipped in the Sudarshana Temple is in human form with four arms. The hands hold conch shell, chakra, mace and lotus. This shrine is also noted for its sculptures.

The annual temple festival is observed in October.

The annual Narasimha Jayanti festival which is observed on Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi day in Vaishakh month (May) is of great importance in the temple.