Haripad Sree Subrahmanya Temple
Considered to be one of the “oldest temples” in “God’s own land” i.e. Kerala is a renowned Hindu shrine known as Shree Subrahmanya Temple. This “Lord Murugan/Karthikeya” dedicated temple is situated in a town called “Haripad” in the Alapuzzha district. Apparently this temple is supposed to have been established much before the beginning of the “Kaliyuga”. In addition, this temple also comprises of other deities that include the likes of Dakshina Moorthy, Lord Ganesha, Thiruvambadi Kannan, Naga Shasta, and Keezhtyar Kovil Subramanyan. Furthermore, the idol found in this temple is supposed to be about eight feet in height and faces the east.
a. Best time to visit the Haripad Shree Subrahmanya Temple
The ideal time to visit this temple is during the winter season from November to February when the climate is pleasant and the temperature ranges from a maximum of 32 degree Celsius to a minimum of 17 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Haripad Shree Subrahmanya Temple
Haripad Sree Subrahmanya Temple Map
1. By train:
The closest railway station is located in Alappuzha itself. The Alappuzha Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple the ideal starting points would be Kottayam, Ernakulum, Thrissur and Kochi.
- Via Kottayam:
There are three routes from Kottayam to this temple, and they are via NH183, via Kollam Theni Highway, and via Kollam-Theni Highway, SH11 and NH66.
- Via Ernakulum:
There is one route from Ernakulam to this temple, and it is via NH66.
- Via Thrissur:
There is one route from Thrissur to this temple, and it is via NH544 and NH66.
- Via Kochi:
There is one route from Kochi to this temple, and it is via NH66.
3. By air:
The nearest airport is located in Kochi. The Kochi International Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as to international destinations.
c. Religious significance of the Haripad Shree Subrhamanya Temple
Apparently the main idol located at this temple was said to have been used by Parshurama and left back in the Alapuzzha district in a town called Govindmuttom. Now according to folklore the landlords of a town called Eakachakra (now known as Haripad) envisioned a dream in which they were directed to this idol, eventually found in a lake called Kayamkulam. It was then brought from the lake placed on to a banyan tree owned by a Christian family for public viewing for about half an hour (Ara Nazhika). This temple around the idol was then eventually constructed apparently by Lord Vishnu who took the avatar of a saint. Furthermore, at the spot at which the idol was kept for half an hour for public viewing a small temple has been created which is referred to as “Ara Nazhika Ambalam”.