Mannarasala Nagaraja Temple, Kerala

Mannarasala Sree Nagraja Temple is one of the most ancient and internationally famous centres of pilgrimage for devotees of the serpent gods known as Nagaraja. Like most other snake temples this Nagaraja temple too is lie within a forest glade. The Mannarasala temple has over 30000 images of snake and happens to be the largest of its kind of temple in the Indian state of Kerala. There is a special turmeric paste that is available in the temple being credited with curative powers. The temple, in a way is the abode of the Serpent Gods.

There are many legends, history, beliefs and stories encircling this powerful temple and the presiding deities of the temple. The Mannarasala temple is a highly revered one by the devotees who have no doubt in their mind that by offering their prayers to the Nagaraja i.e. the Serpent Gods their wish would definitely attain fulfilment. Since morning and evening are very congested it is recommended to visit the temple during the afternoon time. Although some serpents and snakes are seen in and around the temple at times, however, there’s nothing to be wary of as they don’t generally harm anyone. It is obligatory to wear traditional clothes while visiting the temple and offering prayers.

An interesting thing to note is that the Mannarasala temple is one of the very few ones where the management and more importantly the Puja is done by a woman. Mahashivratri is celebrated with great grandeur and pomp in the Mannarasala temple. There are many nearby spots of interest to visit adjoining the temple in close vicinity and proximity and good accommodation facility is also available to go with. The shrine in the temple also happens to be one of the oldest in the country. It attracts tourists and travellers from the entire nation who visit it to offer their prayers and attain divine blessings from Nagaraja.

Timings

Mannarasala Sree Nagraja Temple open at 05:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and then 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM

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