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THIRUVALLA TEMPLE

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Location: 2 Kms From Thiruvalla Town, Kerala
Dedicated To: Lord Vishnu
Unique Feature: Only Temple Where Kathakali Is Performed As Ritual Offering
Main festival: Uthraseeveli

Thiruvalla Temple, Pathanamthitta, KeralaThiruvalla temple is one of the largest temples of Kerala and a fine specimen of its traditional style of temple architecture. The temple has many shrines though it is mainly dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

The 50- feet high flag post is of granite. An idol of garuda, vehicle of Lord Vishnu, is fixed atop the flag post.

A unique attraction of this temple is the Kathakali performance staged every evening, as ritual offering. It is believed that Vishnu, the principal deity, watches the performance from his abode.
Ladies are allowed entry to the sanctum sanctorum only on two days; 'Vishu' and 'Thiruvathira'. Annual festival, 'Uthraseeveli' is celebrated on the 'Makayiram' asterism in 'Meenam' (March - April).

Apart from the religious ceremonies, cultural programmes are also held.



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