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Debangana Sen Apr 11 2014

Which are the places to see on a day trip from Ernakulam to Kaladi?

Anupriya Bedi Apr 11 2014
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Check out the Places to see on a day trip from Ernakulam to Kaladi. The Sringeri Mutt complex, the Ramakrishna Ashram and the Keerthi Stambh are all close to one another. A day-trip from Ernakulam can conveniently cover the Kallil Devi Temple (which is open only in the morning) and Kuzhi Pallikavu Jaladurga Temple in Perumbavoor in the early morning, then the Kaladi temples, and in the evening the Mahadeva Temple at Aluva and the Vamanamoorthy Temple in Thrikkakara.

Kallil Devi Temple, Methala Village

The hilltop Kallil Devi Temple in Methala Village was once a Jain shrine. On the rock hanging above the Bhagavathy shrine is a carved image of Mahavira. It’s a long, twisting drive from Kaladi and there’s a strenuous 10 minutes climb, but the views from the top are great.

Location: Methala Village, to the south-east of Kaladi
Timings: 6 am- 12 pm

Photo of Kallil Devi Temple (by Official Website)

Kuzhi Pallikavu Jaladurga Temple, Perumbavoor

At the Kuzhi Pallikavu Jaladurga Temple in the centre of Perumbavoor there are three uncarved idols. Bhadrakali (the goddess in her fierce form after killing the demon Daruka) and Balabhadra (the goddess as a child) are in the main shrine sunk into the ground. Shanti Durga, the calm goddess, is in an elevated shrine behind them.

Location: South-east of Kaladi
Timings: 5 am -10.30 am, 5 pm -7.30 pm

Photo of Kuzhi Pallikavu Jaladurga Temple (by Ranjith Thiji)

Keerthi Stambh, Kaladi

Keerthi Stambh
is a seven storeyed monument in Kaladi. At the top of this seven-storeyed monument, built by the Kanchi Mutt, is a large statue of Adi Shankara. Pilgrims can relieve the tedium of the often vertiginous climb by reading illustrated descriptions of episodes from Shankara’s life or looking at the views of surrounding coconut groves.

Location: Main Central Road, 1/2 km northwest of Kaladi Town
Timings: 7 am-6 pm
Entry Fees: Token Donation
Parking: INR 10

Photo of Keerthi Stambh (by S Ballal)

Sringeri Mutt Complex, Kaladi

Sringeri Mutt Complex
has theeight-sided Adi Shankara Janmabhumi Kshetram with a central courtyard. Inside, there is the shrine of Shankara which is called Dakshinamoorthy, the absolute teacher. Scenes from his life are illustrated on the walls opposite. A niche in each facet of the outer wall of the shrine has an image of one of the Saptamatrikas or seven Shakti emanations. Between these two shrines is the samadhi of Aryamba and a Ganapati shrine.

Timings: 6 am-1 pm, 4 pm-8 pm

Photo of Sringeri Mutt Complex (by Official Website)

To the west of this temple is the ancient Sri Krishna Temple at which Shankara’s family is said to have worshipped. Between the two temples is a path leading to the Crocodile Ghat on the bank of the Periyar, here called the Purna River. Legend is that this is the place where a crocodile caught Shankara’s leg when he was bathing. An alarm was raised, and his mother, running to the river, cried out that if her son lived she would let him do anything he wanted. The crocodile let Shankara go and the boy seized on her permission to be a sanyasi, which he had long been begging for.

Photo of Crocodile Ghat (by Sriram MT)

Tip: Men must remove their shirts to enter the inner prakaram of the Krishna Temple but the deity is visible from outside. Do switch off cell phones also

Location: 2 km east of bus stand
Parking: INR 10
Telephone: +91-484-2462350

The Sri Ramakrishna Advaita Ashram, Kaladi

The Sri Ramakrishna Advaita Ashram was established in 1936. The temple to Sri Ramakrishna is a simple prayer hall hung with pictures of gods and prophets of all faiths and has a marble statue of the saint. The setting is a fragrant garden ruled by a spectacular Nagalinga or cannon-ball tree.

Location 1 km east of Bus Stand Temple
Timings: 5-12.30 pm, 12 noon (brief darshan only), 3.30-8.30 pm
Office and bookstall Timings: 9 am-12.30 pm, 2-5.30 pm,
Sundays Closed
Telephone: +91-484-2462345

Photo of The Sri Ramakrishna Advaita Ashram (by Official Website)

Mahadeva Temple, Aluva

The Mahadeva Temple at Aluva is a modern concrete and asbestos shed put up on a sand bank in a fork of the Periyar River. When the Shivalingam is visible above the river’s waters, pujas are held here. During the south-west monsoon, the Shivalingam is submerged and an icon is worshipped on the shore. This is said to be the place where Rama performed the last rites for Jatayu, the eagle king who died attempting to save Sita from Ravana. During Aluva Shivaratri, thousands gather to perform rituals for their ancestors. Devotees fast and sing all night and there is a seven-day festival.

Location: South-west of Kalady
Timings 5 am-11 am, 5 pm -8 pm
Telephone: +91-484-2603045

Photo of Mahadeva Temple, Aluva (by Official Website)

Vamanamoorthy Temple, Thrikkakara

Vamanamoorthy Temple is dedicated to Mahavishnu as Vamana Moorthy in Thrikkakara. The small idol in the unadorned sreekovil is set at the head of five steps and there are shrines to Bhagavathy and Sastha in the inner prakaram. Also, men must remove their shirts before entering the temple

Location: South-west of Kalady
Timings: 5 am -11 am, 5 pm-8 pm

Photo of Vamanamoorthy Temple (by Shriram MT)

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