Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple
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.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.The temple originally belonged to the Kochin Royal Family. It is believed that Arjuna of Mahabharatha established this temple. The idol, which is molded in Panchaloha, has a specialty and faces east. Five poojas are offered a day, and one of them should be performed only by a Thanthri, which is compulsory. The text used is Puliyanur thantra, and elephant is also a must while pooja is performed.The main festival of this temple is Vrishchikoltsawam which is held every year in the month of November- December. Another festival Athachamayam is held during the Onam festival.The history of the Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple, Kerala dates back to more than ten decades and was almost ruined by a major fire outbreak in the early 1900s. The current temple is a renovated one.It is believed that a couple who worships Lord Vishnu truly is always blessed with children.
Location : Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple, Tripunithura, Ernakulam, Kerala, India.
Gods : Lord Vishnu
Landmark : Nearest Railway Station : Tripunithura Nearest Airport : Nedumpassery Airport
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.