Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple Tripunithura Kerala

Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple is situated in Tripunithura, 10 km to the south-east of Kochi city, in Ernakulam District of Kerala. The temple enshrines Santhanagopala Murthy or Santhana Gopala Moorthy as the presiding deity. Santhanagopalamoorthy which literally means “savior of infants” is an incarnation of Lord Mahavishnu. Lord Vishnu is seen here in a sitting posture under the shade of five hoods of Ananthan. This is a unique pose unlike the other Vishnu temples where the Lord is usually found in a reclining posture on the divine serpent, Anantha. The folded body of the serpent itself serves as the seat for the God. The two upper hands of Lord Vishnu hold Sanku (conch) and Sudarshana Chakram (holy wheel) and the lower right hand holds the Padmam (Lotus flower).

On the back side of Sreekovil, there is a small window from where devotees can get a close look at the idol of Santhana Gopala Moorthy of Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple. Devotees can also have a look at the idol of Lord Ganapathi on the extreme south side of the sanctum-sanctorum. It must be noted that, besides the idol of Lord Ganesha, no other Upadevatas are worshipped at Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple.

Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple Tripunithura Kerala

Poornathrayeesa is the combination of 3 words - ‘poorna’ means complete, ‘thraye’ means three, and ‘isa’ means Iswara which means the Lord of Knowledge, or the Lord of the Three Vedas – Rig Veda, Yajur Veda and Sama Veda. Lord Poornathrayeesa is the family deity of the erstwhile Kochi dynasty. It is believed that childless couples are blessed with children on worshipping Sree Poornathrayeesan as the Lord is in the form of Lord Santhana Gopalakrishna.

Temple Offerings

There is a Keda Vilakku (lamp which burns always) which is said to be the first lamp lit by Arjuna during the original consecration of the idol. Arjuna collected some gingely seeds and made oil out of the seeds to light the lamp. In memory of this event, the Lord is offered ‘Olpenna” (offering of gingely oil) which is considered as the most important Vazhipadu (offering) in this temple.

Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple Festivals

Moosari Utsavam The beginning of Malayalam year is marked here with an eight-day long festival which is dedicated to the sculptor who had molded the idol of Sree Poornathrayeesan. Folklores say that the sculptor merged himself with the Lord while giving life to that beautiful idol and so the eyes of the image were left unveiled. This festival comes every year during August -September.

Vrischikotsavam Vrischikotsavam is an important festival celebrated at Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple in Ernakulam. This 15 days festival is conducted in Vrischikam (November - December).

How to reach Tripunithura Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple 

Tripunithura Railway Station, on the Ernakulam - Thiruvananthapuram line, is the nearest railway station. Jayanti Janata Express (Mumbai - Kanyakumari Express), Malabar Express (Thiruvananthapuram – Mangalore Express), Korba Express (Thiruvananthapuram - Bilaspur Express), and Venad Express (Trivandrum – Shoranur) are some of the major express trains which passes through Tripunithura Railway Station.

Ernakulam Junction Railway Station, around 10 km from Tripunithura, is another nearest major railway station.

Tripunithura (Thripoonithura) is an important center between Kochi city and other places such as Kottayam, Muvattupuzha and Piravom. Frequent bus services are available to all the major places.

Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport.

Other Tourist Attractions in Tripunithura Ernakulam

Hill Palace Museum (or the Tripunithura Palace Museum and Kali Kotta (Kalikotta Palace) are other popular tourist attractions worth visiting.


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  1. Other intersting aspects of the temple:
    The vigraha is made of panchalohya.

    Thursday s the day you must vist, and if you can get up early, best time is by around 4:30-6 am (abhishekam starts by around 4:30 )


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