Vadakkumnathan Temple

Vadakkumnathan Temple one of the oldest temples of the Kerala spread over 10 acres, said to have been built by Parasurama, the legend creator of Kerala. A classical example of the Kerala style of architecture, the Vadakkumnathan Temple contains many decorative murals and pieces of art.

Perched on a beautiful hillock at the center of Thrissur, overlooking the town, the vast ground around the temple is called Tekkinkadu or Forest of Teak Wood. The massive stone wall enclosing an area of nearly 9 acres forms a strong fortification around the temple. The four lofty gopuras around the main shrine indicate the four cardinal directions-North, South, East and West. A complex having three principal shrines dedicated to Shiva or Vadakkumnathan, Sankaranarayana and Rama are in the center of this enclosure.

Vadakkumnathan Temple is one of the major tourist attractions in Thrissur and world famous Thrissur Pooram festival celebrated here annually in April-May. It attracts devotees and tourists from across the world and is one of the most popular festivals, combining the majestic elephant pageantry with the frenzied playing of drums and cymbals and rounded off with a fireworks extravaganza. Other most striking feature of the Vadakkumnathan temple is the Kuttambalam, which is the theatre hall for staging kuttu, an ancient dramatic form of art famous in Kerala.

Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter this temple.