Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sree Hanuman Kovil - Ernakulam, Kerala

Right in the heart of the city of Ernakulam is the temple of Hanuman worshipped by thousands. This little temple is close to the Ernakulathappan (the post about this temple  is in the offing ) temple. Hanuman or Anjaneya  is very well known for his strength, valour, knowledge, devotion, humbleness,service and modesty.

 The  temple  here is about 150 years old.  Mr. Venkat rao , Dewan  ( 1856- 1860 AD)of erstwhile Cochin State under the  Maharaja Ravi Varma used to worship this idol in his house and wanted to have a separate place to worship the Lord. His Highness, gifted  him a place to build a temple where it is seen presently. A granite block mentioning the event is inscribed in Sanskrit in front of the temple. 

The idol here was consecrated by His Holiness Viswapriya Tirtha  Swamiji ( 1776- 1865) of Udupi Sode Vadiraja Mutt .Generally all the temples consecrated in Madhwa Sampradaya has Lord Krishna as the presiding deity. This temple, at Ernakulam is an exception as it is probably, the only temple in Kerala dedicated to Anajneya and consecrated by a Matadhipathi of Udupi. 

The temple is neat and clean, excellently managed by  the temple administration.  Devotees flock to this temple as they get solace from all worries and this 'Karya siddhi Anjaneya' (one who grants wishes) takes care of His devotees well.  Peace descends as one enters the temple precincts and the serene atmosphere is magical and captivating.

 The temple also has a Naga pratishta and a small shrine for the 18th century saint Raghavendra. Those having Nagadosha perform here abhishekam and various other poojas to appease the Nagas.

 The temple celebrates various festivals like Rama Navami, Hanumat Jayanti, Naga Panchami, Durga pooja. etc. A must see for those who are interested in temples.

Temple timings- 4.30 am - 10.30 am., Evening- 5.00 pm - 8.15  pm. Phone No- 0484-2371353,2382631

How to reach- Ernakulam- also known as Kochi now a days, is well connected by air, road and rail.  Nedumbassery International airport is 45 Kms. away. 
 Railway station is just 2 Kms from this temple. One can hire an auto from any part of the town to get here.
Town buses are also available to reach this place.
Accomodation- Ernkaulam  has budget, deluxe and luxury hotels. 


The other  Anjaneya temple on ' My Pilgrimage' click here.
 Map of this temple is given along with labels.

 List of temples in Kochi. check the list here
The last 4 pictures are from the temple gallery.



48 comments:

Arti said...

Looks like a very beautiful temple... Yes there are very few temples in India dedicated to Lord Hanuman as the prime deity...

R. Ramesh said...

super ya...wish u all the best always

StarTraci said...

It really does seem to be a magical place.

Thanks for sharing its beauty.

:-)
Traci

Mridula said...

After looking at your photos I realize there is so much art in the temples!

Babli said...

As I stayed at Ernakulam for 2 yrs so I have visited Hanuman temple several times and its very nice. Wonderful post. I was remembering those days which I have spent at Ernakulam.

sm said...

beautiful slide show
Hanuman pics like the shots

Sridharan said...

Only Anjaneya temple in Kerala..A news to me ..Must be a unique temple then..Nice snaps and write up.
Tamilnadu has a few. Apart from Namakkal Anjaneyar, there is an Anjaneyar temple in Nanganallur,Chennai. This houses an Anjaneyar idol that is taller even than the Namakkal Anjaneyar.

aipi said...

Lord Hanuman is one of my favorite deities and it was a great to get to see this magnificent temple through your site!


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A said...

Awesome pictures once again. Good description.

A suggestion:- For people like me, if you can add the name of the state in India right in the beginning when you name the city, that would be great.

chitra said...

Arti, Thanks for your comments.

chitra said...

Rameshji,- thanks , I know you are my well- wisher.

chitra said...

Traci, Welcome I am happy you like my posts.

chitra said...

Mridula,
There is much to earn from our ancient temples, they are part of our culture.

chitra said...

Babli,thanks, I know my post would have brought the beautiful memories of this temple.

chitra said...

sm, thanks, thanks.

chitra said...

Sridharan,
I have visited the Namakkal and Nanganallur temples. But Namakkal temple is an ancient one and that temple is part of the Narasimha temple which is bang opposite. There is one here in Anaipatti near Dindigul too which dates back to period of Mahabaratha.The link is provided in the post it self.

chitra said...

Aipi,
Thank you very much.

chitra said...

A, thanks for the suggestion. I was doing that , forgot to add the same to the recent posts. Shall do it in future and shall update for the older ones too. Like you said it would be easy for people to locate the temples easily.
I am adding the location maps along with the posts now a days.

Kiran Bajaj Sawhney said...

Nice Hanuman temple. In delhi also we have a Hanuman temple

chitra said...

Kiran
I think in Northern India Hanuman is known as Maruti, isn't it?

AswathiBabu said...

Chitra
I had visited there.
Liked yr rendering style and images

chitra said...

Bhagya, think you posted your comment in the earlier post, doesn't matter. You must visit Kochi. It has lot of interesting places. I haven't seen the temple you mentioned in Mangalore. May be next visit, I would go there.

raji said...

nice ..good to know about this anjeneya temple.

chitra said...

thanks Raji.

Archana said...

I like the five-faced image of Hanuman and the floor design. What's that drum playing and singing festive gathering about?

Sushma Mallya said...

Beautiful temple..

chitra said...

Archana,
That floor design is drawn for naga pooja It's made with rice powder mixed with natural colours.If you watch carefully you would see a naga on the top side. That drum playing is for the chariot festival in the temple.

chitra said...

Sushma, Thanks.

KParthasarathi said...

How come I missed this temple during my many visits to Ernakulam?Thanks to you I come to know of such temples.As usual you have brought all the salient points in your post.
May the grace of Lord Anjaneya be ever with you

....Petty Witter said...

I love it that you mention the sense of peace as you enter the temple. Amazing to think we pick up on such subtle changes in the atmosphere but then again i believe that buildings do take on the feelings of the people who inhabit them.

chitra said...

KP, thanks a lot.

chitra said...

PW, Very true but one has to be there really to experience the feeling.

....Petty Witter said...

Re: The book The Expected One - Thanks for an interesting point, there were a lot of protests about Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code but I haven't heard of any such protests about this book.

Dr (Miss) Sharad Singh said...

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Martina said...

Beautuful temple. Lord Hanuman is such an intersting deity - must learn more about him. Best wishes for a great time Chitra! Here: snow and very cold, brrrrrr!

chitra said...

Dr. Sharad,
Welcome, thanks and shall definitely visit yours.

chitra said...

Martina,
I think,you know so much about Indian Gods. Nice to know that. Thanks.

Anya said...

Hi Chitra
I wish I could visit a temple in real!!!
I never seen it before
it looks so special and beautiful :))

neena said...

I loved the statue of Hanumanji. Your blog is truly unique.

chitra said...

Anya, thanks dear. Visit India and your dream will come true.

chitra said...

Neena, Welcome and thanks.

Santosh Bangar said...

super if get time must visit the temple i think u study much for all these infprmation
l collect the award

Santosh Bangar said...

super clicks are nice . ithink u study much for all these infprmation
pl collect the awards

chitra said...

Santhosh
Thanks a lot. again ward for me , shall definitely collect. thanks once again

Sanand said...

It felt good to read this post...my marriage was conducted in this temple dedicated Lord Shiva and Parvati. I just realized that I havent taken my son to see it till date and yet when we are in Kochi for holidays, we live nearby:)What a wake up call, this post has been! Thanks to you.

chitra said...

Sanand,
I make a visit to this temple when I visit Kochi and I love going to Siva temple.When I post about the temple it will bring fond memories for you once again:)
Staying nearby? then it must be easy for you to go there.

Anu said...

Beautiful!!! we have the same nagapratishta at the temple next door.. they are from Subramanya in karnataka...

chitra said...

Subramanya is a famous temple of Nagas in Dakshina Kannada, didn't get a chance to visit yet.