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Sri Moozhikkalathaan Perumal

Thirumoozhikalam temple entrance

Thirumoozhikalam is one of the 108 divya desam temples situated in Kerala near Aluva.

As per legends Hareetha Maharshi did penance on the banks of river Periyar. Lord Vishnu appeared before him and gave some advices to Hareetha maharshi to overcome the difficulties in the Kali yuga. These advices are called "thiru mozhi" meaning sacred words. And there after this place got its name as "thirumozhi kalam" kalam meaning place. This later became Thirumoozhikkulam.

This shrine is also associated with legends from the Ramayana. Legend has it that while Bharata came to plead to Rama to take over the reins of the kingdom, an angry Lakshmana suspecting Bharata's motive intended to kill him. Rama pacified Lakshmana and Bharata's true motive was soon revealed,Lakshmana repented for his sin, and to get rid of the sin the two of them worshipped together at Tirumoozhikkalam.

Thirumoozhikalam praharam
Inside the praharam

The temple is built in Kerala Temple Architecture style, with wooden pillars, doors and roofs. The temple has a vast praharam.

There are idols of Shiva as Dakshinamoorthi, Ganapathi, Sri Rama with Seetha and Hanuman, Ayyappan, Krishna as goshala Krishnan and Bhagavathy in this temple.


An unique feature here is that no music such as Chenda melam or other instruments are played during worship services here, unlike other temples. The annual festival which falls in the malayalam month of Makaram used to be an occasion of great festivity, with performances of koothu and Koodiyaattam for a 41 day period in the temple Koothambalam.

  The Moolavar of this sthalam is Thirumoozhikkalathaan. He is also named as Appan, Sri Sukthinathapperumal. He is also known Lakshmana Perumal as he was worshipped by Lakshmanan. The majestic idol of Perumal is in Nindra thirukkolam (standing posture) facing the East. Prathyaksham for Hareetha Maharishi.

Thayaar Madhuraveni Naachiyaar.

Mangalaasasanam The temple is revered by the verses of Nammalwar

Temple location The temple is around 15 kms from Aluva,17 kms from Kaladi and 30 kms from Ernakulam town.

Temple Timings The temple is open from 5:30 AM till 12:00 noon and from 5:00 pm till 8:30 pm

How to reach? The temple is around 15 kms from Aluva,17 kms from Kaladi and 30 kms from Ernakulam town and the best way of transport is to hire a car.

Where to Stay? There are no hotels here. Aluva or Ernakulam is the best place for staying.
Contact ThiruMoozhikalam temple Devasthanam
Kurumaseri, Kerala 683579
Phone: 0484 247 3996

Useful data
State: Kerala
Famous for: Pilgrimage
Languages: Malayalam
Best Season: Throughout the year.
Weather: Summer 33-39°C, Winter 16-28°C . Heavy seasonl rains from June till August
Altitude: Sea level

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