SUBRAHMANYA (LORD MURUGA) TEMPLE, HARIPAD

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A famous abode of Lord Muruga in Kerala.

Legend is that, one day, seven feudal lords of the Haripad had a peculiar dream together. All of them simultaneously heard a voice that an idol of Lord Subrahmanya is there in the nearby lake; to be recovered and consecrated in a temple. This idol was believed to have worshipped by Lord Parasurama.

In the morning, all of them went to the lake, searched the lake as directed in their dream. They found the idol in the lake bed, recovered it. The idol is carried back to the place where the temple now stands through a river in ceremonial procession. The annual Payippad boat festival commemorates this event in Aug-Sept every year.

There was a major fire in temple in1921. The present temple is the renovated one thereafter.

Although the temple celebrates many festivals, Chithira festival in the Malayalam month of Medom (April-May) is the most important one.

Haripad is about 40 kilometers from Alappuzha.


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