Triprayar Rama Temple, also spelled Truprayar Rama Temple, is one of the famous temples in Kerala located in Thriprayar, near Irinjalakuda, about 25 km from Thrissur (Trichur), between Kodungallor and Guruvayur, in Kerala, India. Triprayar temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This idol of Lord Ram is believed to have been originally worshipped by Sri Krishna at Dwaraka in Sowrashtra coast. Thriprayar Rama Temple is closely related with the temples dedicated to Lakshmana at Tirumoozhikkalam (or Moozhikulam), Koodalmanikkam Bharata Temple in Irinjalakuda, and Shatrughna Temple at Payammal.
This year the annual Triprayar Ekadashi 2013 is on 29th November 2013.
Situated on the banks of Triprayar River, Thriprayar Sree Rama Temple bears the same architectural style of the famous Vadakkumnathan Temple in Thrissur. The sanctum is circular in shape, sculptured with scenes from Hindu epic Ramayana. The Namaskara Mandapam faces the Sreekovil (sanctum) and has 24 panels of wood carvings depicting the Navagrahas, and ancient murals. According to the inscriptions found here, Triprayar Sree Rama Temple belongs to the 11th century.
Deities of Triprayar Temple
Here, Lord Rama is enshrined in the Chaturbhuja (four-armed) form of Vishnu with four arms, holding a conch, a disc, a bow and a garland respectively. It is believed that the posture of Rama with a garland held in his hands represents Brahma and hence the deity is said to be a manifestation of the Trimurtis (In Hinduism, Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer are considered as the three primary forms of Gods). Idols of Sridevi and Bhudevi flank on either side of Lord Ram. The Lord is portrayed in the form of the conqueror over the demon Khara. The image of Dakshinamurthy is seen in the sanctum, facing south. Lord Hanuman is worshipped in a mandapam (hall), though there is no idol for him. Ganapathi and Ayyappan are the other deities found in the temple.
Legends of Triprayar Sri Rama Temple
According to one legend, four images of the brothers - Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Satrugna were washed on shores and discovered by a local chieftain Vakkey Kaimal. These idols were installed at the places mentioned above. Another story goes that when the idol of Lord Ram was about to be consecrated, it was stated that the idol should be installed at the exact spot where a peacock would appear. It is said that the image was installed in a spot where the peacock feathers appeared.
Worship services are carried out five times, daily. These poojas are Usha, Etirthu, Panthirati, Uccha and Ahazha. Besides, the processional image of the deity is carried around the temple three times a day.
Triprayar is about 23 km from Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple, 24 km from Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple, and 30 km away from Koodalmanikyam Bharata Temple in Irinjalakuda. Kumaranelloor Temple is located nearby.
How to reach Triprayar Rama Temple
Thrissur Railway Station, 22 km east of the temple, is the nearest railway station to reach Triprayar. Cochin International Airport in Ernakulam is the nearest airport.