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Temple Ponds in Kerala – Importance and Interesting Facts

Almost all the temples in Kerala have a pond. These ponds never dry and were perennial source of water. Our ancestors were capable of detecting the right water channels below earth. Here are some interesting temples ponds in Kerala. There was a temple pond in Kerala built by Perunthachan – to a person viewing the pond appeared in different shape from each corner.

Temple ponds were meant for devotees to take bath, wash their face, hands and feet.

Devotees entered the temple only after washing their hands and feet. Each temple pond has a belief and history attached to it.

Some temple ponds like the one at Amblappuzha Sri Krishna Swamy Temple is attached to the temple that it gives a great view to the temple from a distance.

The temple in Sabarimala Ayyappa Tempe is known as Basmakulam.

The temple pond of the famous Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Trivandrum is known as Pathmateertham.

The pond at Cherthala Tiruvizha Mahadeva Temple is known as Thavala Chelakulam – means silent frog pond. Legend has it that the frogs in the pond used to make unusually high sound. It was unbearable to other living beings. Once Vilwamangalam Swami came to the shrine and happened to experience the noise of the frogs. He looked at the pond and told to keep quiet. It is said that from that day onwards the frogs in the ponds never made a noise.

The single crocodile in the Anandapadmanabha swamy temple in Kasargod is very famous.

Turtles in the Adukathu Bhagavathy Temple in Kasargod are very famous.

The temple pond in Mannadi Temple is associated with temple Velichapadu.

The fishes in the pond are not caught by people.

Feeding fishes and other amphibians in the temple is associated with various cures.

The temple ponds in Kerala occasionally throw up strange sightings. When a pond was renovated in Paravur (Purushamangalam Temple) people saw a golden tortoise.

It is also believed by people that people in ancient times had hidden wealth in ponds especially during the attack of Tipu Sultan.

Some temples are located in the middle of the pond like the Mookambika Temple in Paravur and the Ananthapura Lake Temple in Kasargod.