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Maruthorvattom Sree Dhanwanthari Temple – History – Facts - Festival

Maruthorvattom Sree Dhanwanthari temple is located at Thanneermukkom near Cherthala in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Dhanwanthari, the God of medicine in Hindu religion. The 8-day annual festival in the temple concludes with Arattu on Thiruvonam nakshatra in Medam month (April – May). Another important festival in the temple is the Dhanwanthari Jayanti day observed in Malayalam Thulam Masam (October - November). The day after Dhanvantari jayanti is famous for Talu curry. 

The murti of Maruthorvattom Sree Dhanwanthari is carved in granite stone – shila bimbam. The four-armed (chatur bahu) murti is nearly 2 feet tall. The murti holds Shankh, Chakram and Amrita Kumbham. One arm is in blessing posture.

Darshanam of Maruthorvattom Dhanwanthari temple is towards west. The shrine has a circular sanctum sanctorum – vatta sreekovil. The roof of sreekovil and mandapam are covered in copper.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapati, Shiva, Sastha, Bhagwati and Manjappadi Bhagavathy. Shiva and Ganapati faces east and is worshipped on the west corner of the Nalambalam. A seva murti of Vellattu Namboothiri is also found here. Goddess Bhadrakali is worshipped outside the walls in a small sreekovil on the north side. The murti of Bhadrakali is that of kannadi shila vigraham.

There is no wall on the west side of the temple. The temple has a flag post or kodimaram made in Panchaloha.

The temple is famous for mural paintings on the walls of the sreekovil. Some of the important paintings are Poothanamoksham, Sri Krishna Avatharam and Panchali Swayamvaram.

On Karkidaka Vavu Bali day a unique offering known as Talu Kari is made. It is prepared using tender leaves of colocasia plant.