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Kozha Narasimha Swami Temple – Festival – History

Kozha Narasimha Swami temple is located at Kuravilangad in Kottayam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Narasimha Avatar of Bhagwan Vishnu. The annual Narasimha Jayanti, which falls on the Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi day in Vaishakh month, is an important festival day in the temple. The annual festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Kumbha Masam (February – March).

The murti of Narasimha worshipped in the temple is swayambhu – self manifested. The sankalpam of Narasimha here is that of Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy who is in a peaceful form after listening to child Prahlada praising his virtues.

This is a beautiful Kerala style traditional Hindu temple with a kodimaram, bali kallu, chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam, east facing chathura sreekovil and shrines of upa devatas.

The important offerings in the temple are panakam and palpayasam. Thiruvonam nakshatra is of great importance in the temple.

During the annual festival, the temple observes various pujas and rituals as per Vaishnava rules. Traditional temple performing arts forms, dance, music, tableau, effigies, beautiful lighting, ezhunnallathu and melam are part of the festival.

Kozha Narasimha Swami Temple History

As per local history, the entire region was a forest area. The murti was discovered by hunter who had ventured in the forest for hunting. There is another belief that the murti was discovered by Shiva who was disguised as a hunter. What gives credence to this story is the presence of a Vettakkorumakan temple located near the Kozha Narasimha Swami temple.