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Moozhikulam Lakshmana Perumal Temple – Festival – Important Facts About Thirumoozhikkulam Temple

Moozhikulam Lakshmana Perumal temple, also known as Thirumoozhikkulam Sree Lakshmana Perumal temple, is located at Moozhikulam in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Lakshmana, brother of Bhagavan Sri Rama in the Ramayana. The annual festival in the temple is held in such a manner that it concludes on Thiruvonam nakshatra day in Malayalam Meda Masam (March – April).

The annual festival begins with kodiyettam and concludes with the arattu ceremony procession. The temple organizes various dance, music, and traditional performing art forms of temples of Kerala. Koodiyattam is performed here during the annual festival.

Caparisoned elephants, ezhunnallathu and Vaishnava poojas and rituals are part of the annual festival.

Moozhikulam Lakshmana Perumal Temple Timings

  • Morning puja and darshan timings at Thirumoozhikkulam temple is from 5:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Evening puja and darshan timings at Thirumoozhikkulam temple is from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Important Facts About Thirumoozhikkulam Temple

  • The temple is one among the 108 Divya Desams or Vaishnava Tirupatis.
  • The murti worshipped in the shrine is nearly 5.5 feet tall.
  • The temple has an east facing round two-tier sanctum sanctorum.
  • The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Shiva, Ganapathy, Sri Rama, Sita, Sastha, Bhagavathy and Gosala Krishnan. Hanuman is worshipped in the sankalpam of a peedam.
  • The murti worshipped in the temple was mutilated by Tipu Sultan. The same murti is worshipped in the temple.
  • The temple which was destroyed by the army of Tipu Sultan was renovated by Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma Maharaja.
  • The flag pole or kodimaram in the temple is 43.6 feet tall.
  • In ancient times, koothu and koodiyattam was held for 41 days in the temple.
  • The temple finds mention in some of verses of ancient Tamil Nalayira Divya Prabandham sung by Shri Vaishnava Alwars, particularly Nammalvar and Thirumangai Azhwar.
  • The temple is part of the Nalambala yatra - Sree Rama Temple at Triprayar, Koodalmanikyam Bharatha Temple at Irinjalakuda, Lakshmana Temple at Moozhikulam and Shatrughna Temple at Payammel.
  • Rishi Harita performed penance here on the banks of Poorna River (Chalakudy puzha). Through the intense penance he was able to please Bhagavan Vishnu who gave darshan to Harita Rishi. Vishnu advised the Rishi methods to overcome difficulties in Kali Yuga and these pieces of advice were called Thirumozhi meaning sacred words and the place gets the name from this divine incident.