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Kurichithanam Poothrukkovil Sree Krishna Temple - History - Festival - Gods Worshipped

Kurichithanam Poothrukkovil Sree Krishna temple is located on the Kurichithanam - Kudakkachira road near Uzhavoor in Kottayam district, Kerala. The 8-day festival in the temple is observed in such a manner that Pallivetta is held on the previous day of Guruvayoor Ekadashi.

Ekadashi Vilakku is observed on the Guruvayoor Ekadashi day. A special payasam made out of wheat and green payar is served on the day to Ekadashi day.

The festival in the temple only ends the day after Arattu. This symbolically hints that there is festival on all days of the year in the temple.

The main deity worshipped in the temple is Sree Krishna and the shrine is popularly known in the region as Dakshina Guruvayoor. The main deity faces west.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Bhagavathy, Ganapathy, Shiva, Nagam and Yakshi.

It is believed that the murti in the temple was consecrated by Vilwamangalam Swamiyar. He gave the name Gurusristhanam to the area and it later became Kurichithanam.

The temple observes Akshaya Patra Samarpanam in Vaishaka masam. Bhagavata Saptaham is held annually in the temple.

The first All India Bhagavata Saptaham Satram was held in the temple in 1983.

It is said that the area in which the temple stands was given tax free by Vadakkumkoor King to Chenothillam. When there was no one left in the Chenothillam, the properties of the illam were given to the temple. In remembrance of this event the Shradham of Chenothamma is held in the temple annually.