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Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple, Pathanamthitta

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The Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple is a Hindu temple located near Aranmula, a village in Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, South India. It is dedicated to the God Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu, who is worshipped as Parthasarathy (Arjuna's charioteer). Constructed in the Kerala style of architecture, it is one of the "Divya Desams", the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the Alvar saints.

It is one of the most important Krishna temples in Kerala and is one of the five ancient shrines in Kerala, connected with the legend of the Mahabharata, where the five Pandavas are believed to have built one temple each; Aranmula is built by the Pandava prince Arjuna.

The sacred jewels, called Thiruvabharanam of Ayyappan are taken in procession to Sabarimala each year from Pandalam, and Aranmula Temple is one of the stops on the way. Also, the Thanka Anki, golden attire of Ayyappan, donated by the king of Travancore, is stored here and taken to Sabarimala during the Mandala season of late December.

Aranmula is also known for snake boat race held every year during Onam linked to the legends of the Mahabharata. The temple has four towers over its entrances on its outer wall. The Eastern tower is accessed through a flight of 18 steps and the Northern tower entrance flight through 57 steps leads to the Pamba River. The temples has paintings on its walls dating back to early 18th century.

The temple is open from 4 am to 11:00 am and 5 pm to 8 pm and is administered by Travancore Devaswom Board of the Government of Kerala.
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  • I have been to this temple manier times before too but this has been special always. Life comes a full circle- always and blessing from the healing power above πŸ™ need to be an integrated part of it.....  more
    I have been to this temple manier times before too but this has been special always. Life comes a full circle- always and blessing from the healing power above πŸ™ need to be an integrated part of it.....  more »
  • Aranmula Parthasarathi temple, one of the famous temple in Kerala, nice atmosphere for pray, crowded with local people s 
    Aranmula Parthasarathi temple, one of the famous temple in Kerala, nice atmosphere for pray, crowded with local people s  more »
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  • The Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple is one of the "Divya Desams", the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars located near Aranmula, a village in Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, South India. Constructed in the Kerala style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu, who is worshipped as Parthasarathy.
  • One of the ancient temples in Kerala.The idol of Krishna is one of the biggest in Kerala.It was knowen to be worshipped by Arjuna the middle pandava.The temple is in the banks of River Pampa the holy river.The Vallasadhya is one of the most interesting thing to be attended.

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