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Temple History

Mannarasala Nagaraja Temple is devoted to serpent worship. Among the temples dedicated to serpent gods, in the most famous is the Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja temple located at Mannarasala, near Harippad in the district of Alappuzha. This temple is managed by a Brahmin family headed by a priestess. As per belief, the first priestess of Mannarasala gave birth to a five-headed snake, which is believed to reside in the ancestral house to safeguard the family.

In this temple, the rites are presided over by a priestess. The temple covers an area of 16 acres of dense green forest grove. The two main idols are Nagaraja or the serpent king and his consort, Sarpayakshini. The most popular offering of this temple is ‘Uruli Kamazhthal’, the placing of a bell metal vessel upside down in front of the deity, which is believed to restore fertility to childless couples.

Though the legends related to the origin of a place cannot be deemed as its history, the story on the evolution of Mannarasala as the supreme place of worship of the serpent Gods is associated with Parasurama, the creator of Kerala. The history of Mannarasala has been mentioned in the ‘Mandara Salodayam‘ Sanskrit poem written by Mannarasala M.G.Narayanan Nampoodiri of the sacred family, who wrote it on the basis of reliable accounts and legends traditionally handed down and in the light of old books available with the temple. Since the poem was incomplete, the history narrated here is from the book ‘The Serpent Temple Mannarasala’, published by Mr.N.Jayadevan of Manasa Publications (Translated to English by the renowned scholar Dr.Ayyappa Panikker). This book is also based on the advice and instructions received from the former Great Mother, and in accordance with the other members of the family as well as the old records examined for the purpose.

The most celebrated festival at Mannarassala is the Ayilyam of Thulam. The Ayilyam in Kanni is the birthday of Nagaraja and that in Kumbham is the birthday of Anantha, the Muthassan of Nilavara. The Ayilyam day in Tulam, Kanni and Kumbham months in the Malayalam calendar and the Mahasivarathri are celebrated here with great pomp. The 'Uruli Kamazhthal' offering with devotion and prayers, has helped numerous devotees to have children, who come to this temple.

 

Additional Information

Temple is maintaining Mandaram Guest House and Vegetarian Restaurant with A/C and non A/C rooms available for the devotees. Contact for reservations: 0479-2417662, 0479-2417663. Sree Subrahmanya Swami Temple is another famous temple near from this temple.

This temple is located near Haripad, 32 km south of Alappuzha and 14km from kayamkulam.
The nearest bus stop is Town Hall Junction. Haripad Railway Station and Mannarasala Shri Nagaraja Temple is 2.8 kms. Cochin International Airport is 115 km and Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is 125 km.
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  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: +91 479 2160300, 2413214
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