The beautiful Sri Vadakkunnathan Temple is one of the oldest temples in Kerela. The architectural wonder is standing strong at the heart of Thrissur. This glorious temple is an example of Kerela’s rich heritage culture. Today it is standing tall and restored to its old glory. The temple is made of wood and stone in a nine-acre walled patch of green. The temple has also won the “Award Of Excellence” at the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.
Restoration of the temple was a very difficult job. This job required an effort that spanned more than 10 years. The work was carried out under the guidance and control of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). the team of archaeologists, craftsmen and others were hired for the work. The major motive was taken to keep the original structure intact and renovate traditionally. Restoration of the stunning old temple intricately carved out wooden sculptures, and elegant woodwork was done with rituals and using only organic tools and matter. The restoration process of the temple used the same techniques that were used for the original construction.
A walk through the calm and composed surrounds of the temple will treat you to a mix of architectural beauty, heritage, culture and history. The temple is also renowned across the world for its Festive celebration. Millions of followers and devotees gather every year to experience the famous "Thrissur Pooram" at the temple which also involves a spectacular display of fireworks. This majestic structure in the centre of city life has many a story to recount.
Maha Shivaratri, is one of the main festivals celebrated with a lot of splendour at the temple. One lakh lamps light up the temple on this day. called as “Lakshadeepam” it is a significant offering here. The scene is so mesmerising that it deserves a visit.
Aanayoottu, or simply known as the feeding of elephants, is another major festival observed at Sri Vadakkunnathan Temple. On this festive day, the elephants are lined-up in a single row and fed by thousands of people ready with offerings like Sugarcane, Rice, Ghee, Coconut, Jaggery. Ayurvedic medicines are also added in the special food for the elephants.
The festival of colours – Thrissur Pooram is celebrated on the grounds of the Sri Vadakkunnathan temple, the Thekkinkadu Maidanam by mainly the other two temples. Vadakkunnathan witnesses this festival which attracts large masses of devotees and spectators worldwide.
There is a strict dress code for entering the temple:
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.