Thirunavaya Temple

Thirunavaya Temple, also known as Thirunavaya Navamukunda Temple located on the banks of the River Bharathapuzha. Thirunavaya Temple, Malappuram dedicated to Lord Vishnu is one of the most revered temples of Kerala. The deity is portrayed only from above the knee; the rest of the image is concealed within the ground.

The temple has envying exquisite sculptures carved around the sanctum sanctorum. There are also the carvings of ten avatars of Lord Vishnu and sculptures narrating how Lord Shiva in his kirata or the tribal avatar blessed Arjuna with Pasupathi Astra, the powerful arrow. The base of the temple is built of stone, while the superstructure above is of laterite, stucco and timberwork. The temple is considered an outstanding example of the typical Kerala style of architecture.

The ten-day annual festival which begins with Kodiyettam is a major draw. The festival concludes with Aarattu. The last three days of the festival are regarded as the most auspicious days. Classical art forms such as Krishnattam, Kathakali, Mohiniyattam are conducted during the festival nights.