Kottarakkara Religious Places

Kottarakkara, a small town situated in Kollam district, Kerala, is mainly renowned for its Kottarakkara religious spots and palaces. The name of the town is drawn from two Malayalam words: kottaram, which means palace and Kara (land). When its blended, Kottarakkara means the land of palaces and the name is rightly supported through its legends.

Religious Places in Kottarakkara


Kottarakkara, furthermore renowned in the ancient days of the Elayadathu Swarupam monarchs, was a principality ruled by a branch of the Travancore Royal Family. Its good reputation is furthermore due to Kathakali, the famous dance drama which began primarily as Ramanattam conceived in the 17th century by Prince Kottarakkara Tampuran and subsequent patronized by the Raja of Kottarakkara in early 19th century soaking up other promenade forms of Krishnattam with further innovations. Other chronicled places of interest encompass the Ganapathi Temple and the over 700 year old Mar Thomas Church. Edakkidom Thettikkunil Sree mahadevi temple is also situated beside Kottarakkara.

Religious Places in Kottarakkara


The town comprises numerous notable places of adoration, encompassing Sree Maha Ganapthy Temple, dated to the 10th-11th century, the shrine of Ganapathy, Mahadeva Temple, in the western suburb of Padinjattinkara, Kottarakkara Goshala and Kulasekharanellor Sree BhadraKali Temple, among numerous other temples.

There are numerous churches in Kottarakkara and it is a major center for both the Malankara Orthodox Church and the Mar Thoma Church. The most important churches are Kizhakketheruvu Orthodox Valiyapalli, Padinjaretheruvu Orthodox church, Kottarakara Mar Thoma Pally, Kottapuram Orthodox Church and Neeleswaram St. Mary's Orthodox Church. There are furthermore catholic churches namely St.Michaels Roman Catholic Latin Church, Pentecostal church's and a mosque beside the market in Kottarakkara.

Kottarakkara Sree Manikanteswara Mahadeva

Kottarakkara Sree Manikanteswara Mahadeva Temple is situated beside the Althara, on the to the north side. Shiva in the form of a fierce hunter is deified here. Another shrine next to it is a Durga temple, where the deity located is known as Pazenadu Bhagavathy Devi, The idol of was carved out from the root of the jack tree by Perumthachan.

Churches in Kottarakkara


Kottarakara is a main center of Christian community. It is the center of the Malankara Orthodox Church. The Arts and Science college, B. Ed College and Higher secondary institutions were initiated by Orthodox Bishop H.H Marthoma Mathews II, in the name of St. Gregorios Parumala at Gregorios mount Kottarakara. Some important churches round Kottarakara are St. George Salem Orthodox Church, Kizhakketheruvu Orthodox Valiyapalli, Kottapuram Orthodox Church, St. Mary Orthodox Church Neeleswaram and Kalayapuram Kochupalli.

Kottarakara has a main presence of Mar Thoma Christians of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church with its Headquarters at Thiruvalla. The Kottarakara Mar Thoma Church has a wealthy history of reality. This church had constructed by the King of Kottarakara. Although, the history of when and who it was built is still continues unknown. This is the first Church in Kottarakara.

Kottarakara retains the famous Kottarakara conference held by Mar Thoma Church Trivandrum and Kollam Diocese in the last week of January every year. Moreover St.Michaels roman catholic Latin church is situated very near to KSRTC Bus stand and it comes under punalur diocese. September 29th is celebrating the feast of St.Michael.

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