Kunnath Thrikkovil Maha Vishnu temple at Manasseri belong to Mukkam municipality has a different tale to tell.Here,tradition and modernity blend in an innovative manner.
This is an ancient temple in Malabar.Making a paradigm shift in temple festivals,here this year’s festival will show a new trend.
Instead of caparisoned elephants,Maha Vishnu temple authorities here have decided to use a huge chariot for bhagavan’s ezhunnallath (Lord’s procession) .
The temple administration committee has decided to keep away elephants from festivals as to avoid difficulties.
The work of chariot has been completed .
Venu Kallurutty,Vinod Mansseri,P.Chandra Mohan and Raman Irattangal are other office bearers of temple administration.
The temple authorities claimed that this chariot built by Kailasan Edappatta and Biju Edappatta is biggest in India.It has 10 meter height and 30 tonne weight.Its length is seven meter.
The height of electric lines en-route of Rathyathra have been increased for safe move of the chariot during the festival.
Apart from this, Garuda and Shanku sculptures in front of this temple is said to be the biggest in Kerala.
Dasavatharam is carved on the temple doors. The outer walls of the temple is decorated with mural paintings of deities.
The temple festival will begin on November 15 with Koti Archana and continue until Nov 22.
The chariot will be dedicated on 15th at 11 am.
Ratholsavam (chariot fest) will be on Nov 21 and 22.
The temple has been engaged in many social and charity works,said the authorities.
Former Guruvayur Devaswom chairman Thottathil Raveendran will light the lamp and inaugurate the Koti Archana on November 15.
Gokulam group M.D.Gokulam Gopalan will dedicate the chariot.
B. Giri Raj,M.I.Shanavas M.P,C.Moyin Kutty M.L.A,P. Kumaran will attend the function.
Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri will inaugurate cultural program in the evening.
P.S.K.Thangal,Sasi Kalinga,Manjeri K.R.Bhasakara Pillai, will speak on the occasion.A devotional music orchestra will be followed by the speeches.
Various arts and cultural programs will continue until November 22.
“This maha temple has been emerging as the most popular among Malabar temples. Local community ,and devotees irrespective of their caste or religion are supporting us ,excessively.”
said Shylaja teacher.
“We are planning to make this temple as a top pilgrim tourism centre too”-said Venu Kallurutty.”