Kottarakkara Sree mahaganapthy temple location, timings and pooja details
kottarakkara sree mahaganapathy temple
Kottarakkara sree mahaganapathy temple is an ancient hindu temple located at kottarakkara in kollam district, temple also known Kottarakkara Sree Manikandeshwaram Mahadeva Kshethram.lord ganapathy also known as vinayaka vighneswara etc son of god siva,he is the lord of all obstacles.the main deity is lord siva in this temple also parvathy although first priority give to lord ganesha.As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rites and ceremonies. Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning during writing sessions.other deities are lord muruga,nagaraja and ayyappan.the unniappam offering of this temple is very popular.
It is said that unniyappam was the first offering given to the Ganapati temple which was installed by Peruthachan. The vinayaka chathurthy festival is celebrated as vinayaka’s birthday,mahaganapathy homam hosts with 1008 coconut.modhakam and unniyappam offered to ganapathy also this time. medathiruvathira, mandala chirappu,sivarathri, ayilyam makam, navarathri, prathishta dinam, thypooyam and vishu celebrated here.it is believed that the kathakali was really originated from here and this art form become popular by the blessings of ganapathy. The full y developed style of Kathakali originated around the 17th century ,over 500 kathakali plays written before 20th century.kottarakkkara thampuran is the creator of this art form and previously this known as ramanattam and later called kathakali.
Kottarakkara Sree mahaganapthy temple Pooja schedules are mentioning below 4:00 am Palliyunathal,4:30 am Nadathurakkal,4.40 am Nirmalyam,4:50 am Abhishekam,5.30 am Ashtadravya Ganapathyhomam,6.00 am Usha: Pooja,7.00 am Ethritheu Pooja,7.15 am Sreebali,9.00 am Pantheeradi Pooja,10:00 am Navaka Pooja,10.30 am Ucha Pooja,11:00 am Uchasreebali,11:30 Nadayadappu.Evening poojas start from 5 pm 6:30 pm Deeparadhana,7:30 pm Athazhappoja,7:45 pm Athazha Sreebali,8:00 pm Nadayadappu.
Kottarakkara temple is 25 km away from kollam,There is 1 direct train from Thiruvananthapuram to Kottarakkara,The minimum time a train takes to reach Kottarakkara from Thiruvananthapuram is 2h 19m. The fastest way to reach Kottarakkara from Thiruvananthapuram takes 1h 31m.Distance between Thiruvananthapuram to Kottarakkara is 67 km by Road.