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Oachira Parabrahma Temple, Oachira

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Oachira Temple is an ancient temple located in Oachira in Kollam district in the South Indian state of Kerala. According to the Puranas, this temple is one of the famous sacred places of Kerala and India. Oachira is on the border of Kollam and Allappuzha districts, next to the National Highway 47. This very ancient pilgrimage center is centered on the ParaBrahma temple (that is dedicated to the Para Brahman (or Param Brahman) or Ohmkaram, the Universal Consciousness), and covers thirty-six acres of land.Every year the Oachira Vrischikam Festival is celebrated during December and January. Oachirakkali is a famous ritual performed here during June and it involves mock-fighting in muddy water by traditional martial art experts. And "Irupathattam onam" (28 days after Onam) is also celebrated. It is the festival of cattle. In this festival, huge "Eduppu kala" (gigantic idols of bull madeof cloth&hay) are made. They are then pulled on giant wheels to the Oachira Temple from the site where they are made. Normally there are around 50 such structures. It is the biggest festival in "Onattu Kara" which is an area of a few square miles. Oachirakkali was actually a war exercise performed annually by soldiers of Kayamkulam Raja. Nearby, about 108 Kalaries were in 52 karas up to the beginning of the 20th century. Soldiers belonging to the above Karas met together at Oachira in the Malayalam month of Mithuna every year and performed war-like exercises. This is what is called Oachirakkali. During the years of the Kayamkulam Rajah, Oachirakkali was started after the blessings of nearby Nambiathiris, high order Nambudiri Brahmins, having the knowledge of Dhanurveda (the science of arms) who were also experts in Smrithy Sasthras.
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  • Its a temple without diety (parabrahmam) or any roof. Open throughout the day, people should be prepared to walk to visit the temple. Calm area and it is believed to be a Siva temple. The trust... 
    Its a temple without diety (parabrahmam) or any roof. Open throughout the day, people should be prepared to walk to visit the temple. Calm area and it is believed to be a Siva temple. The trust...  more »
  • The diety is residing under big banyan trees is a nice experience of worship.From Nov 15th to 12 days is the vriahchikam festival. 
    The diety is residing under big banyan trees is a nice experience of worship.From Nov 15th to 12 days is the vriahchikam festival.  more »
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  • The one of the famous pilgrim center. Nice temple and beautiful surrounding. Calm atmosphere. We can spent lot of time here. Its is better go there at evening time. Lot of parking space.
  • One of the Famous temple in kollam district. Very calm atmosphere and good surrounding which is best for meditation. Many shops where available at the temple which sells sculpture of gods and items used to pray. I got a super experience from here. Have anice journey.

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