Pilgrim centers in Cochin/Kochi

Aluva Siva Temple: Situated about 21 kms north of Ernakulam. It is known for the famous Sivarathri festival. Mahashivaratri Festival or the ‘The Night of Shiva’ is celebrated with devotion and religious fervor in honour of Lord Shiva. Shivaratri falls on the moonless 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun, which corresponds to the month of February – March in English Calendar. Celebrating the festival of Shivaratri devotees observe day and night fast and perform ritual worship of Shiva Lingam to appease Lord Shiva.

Ankamali: A place of historic importance to Syrian Christians. Lies 40 kms North of Ernakulam.It is the seat of the first Portuguese Bishop.

Kaladi Temple: Kaladi is the birth place the great Indian Philosopher Sreesankaracharya , It is 13 kms. away from Aluva. Kaladi has got Sringeri Madham, Ramakrishna Asramam and the Sreesankara stupa.

Kanjiramattom:- It is 27kms south east of Ernakulam. The most important and beautiful mosque Sheikh Fariddudin Mosque of the District is situated in this place.The mosque is famous for Kodikuthu. It is celebrated on January 13 to 14 every year.

Chottanikkara Temple: Famous for the Devi temple, an important pilgrim centre of Hindus. Navarathri is celebrated on a grand scale. The temple is located 15kms from Cochin City. The presiding deity here is Durga Bhagavathy. It is also that this deity was brought from Mookambika Temple in Karnataka and therefore there is a presence of Mookambika Devi till 7 a.m. in the morning at this temple. There is also one more temple as a part of the complex where deity is Bhadra Kali Devi. The major festival is Makam Thozhal. It falls during February-march every year for a period of 9 days Temple is open from 4 am to 12 Noon and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ernakulam Siva Temple
The Temple is situated in the heart of Kochi City with Siva as deity also known as Ernakulathappan. It was built during Maharaja rule . This is one of the rarest Siva Temples where deity is facing Sea towards west. The temple has Deity of siva & Parvathy in Kirathamurthy form which is claimed to be self originated (Swayambhoo)

Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple
Located at TrIpunithura, 10 km from Cochin city. The deity here is Maha Vishnu and is one among three Vishnu Temples in Kerala .Arjuna (one of the Pancha Pandavas ) is believed to have established this temple. The Major festival of this temple is held during November-December. The Other cultural festival, Athachamayam during  Onam is also celebrated here.In kerala onam celebrations begins with Athachamayam of Tripunithura.

St. Francis Church
St. Francis Church is the oldest European Church in India Built i in 1503 A.D. by the Portuguese at Fort Cochin. The Dutch later restored the church in 1779. Which was converted into an anglican Church by British in 1795. Vasco-da-gama, who discovered the sea route to India from Europe, was buried here in 1524 A.D. before his mortal remains were removed to Portugal, his tomb stone still remains.

ST.George Forane Church
This is an important pilgrim centre located approximately 6 km from Kochi city. This Roman CAtholic church was built way back in 594 AD in the land donated by Raja of Edapally. This church is considered to be one of the oldest churches in Kerala. A new church building was built in 1080.Church is well known for the nine-day feast in the month of May.

Vamanamoorthy Temple, Thrikkakara – Set in a land of great mythological significance, this ancient temple, dedicated to Vamana- the fifth avatara of Lord Vishnu is venerated by the Vaishnavates. The temple holds a large number of lithic records,some of great historical significance. The annual festival is held in the month of chingam (Aug- sept.)

Thiruvairanikulam Mahadev Temple -It is a temple dedicated to lord Shiva  15 km south of Aluva . The deity faces towards east and there is a separate shrine for his consort, Goddess Parvathi.A unique feature of this temple is that the Shrikovil of Devi Parvati is opened only for 12 days in a year, from the Thiruvathira asterism in the month of Dhanu.

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