The Integrated Development Project of Valamchuzy Temple

It has been decided to conduct at Vaalanchuzy temple "The Temple renewal Programmes" that need to be conducted every 12 years at every Hindu Temple.This renewal programme at Valamchuzy is a follow up to the " Ashtamangallya Deva Prasnam" conducted on the 13, 14 and 15th of February 2006. Leading astrologers including Prof.Mannar N P Krishnapilla and Prof.K P Kesavan Namboodiri took part in the "Deva Prasnam". Consequent upon this, Mr. Kanipayyur Krishnan Namboothiri visited the Valanchuzy temple on the 13th March and suggested certain measures including certain modifications that had to be undertaken at the temple. A master plan based on his suggestions had been prepared; prominent among the modifications was the need to construct steps in the courtyard and an adorned dome for the temple.

It has been estimated that the entire cost of the project will be over 75 lakhs. Devotees are welcome to be active participants in the project by sponsoring certain portions of the work. Devotees can donate Rs. 25,000/- for each padi(step) to be erected. Highly skilled workers from Tamil Nadu would be brought over to complete the work at the temple.

Chuttambalam

The existing Chuttambalam would be refurnished and re-erected and new tiles put in place. The cost is expected to be over 1.70 lakhs.

Mandapam

The Mandapam located in front of the Sreekovil will also be given a facelift. The expected cost cost is Rs. 3 Lakhs.

Auxiliary temple : Sivan, Ganapathy

It has also been decided to construct auxiliary temples in the North East side for Lord Siva and on the South West side for Ganapathy. The cost is expected to be 4 Lakhs and 1.5 lakhs respectively.

Sevapandal

A Sevapandal constructed as per traditional Kerala architectural style is to come up. Expected cost is Rs. 9 Lakhs.

Stage & Sadyalayam

An open air stage on the Eastern side of the ground is also planned. Expected cost Rs. 2.5 Lakhs.

Boundary Wall, Walkway

A boundary wall and a walk way are also planned. This will facilitate better viewing of the the temple premises

Way for processions

A separate walkway is also planned for use by devotees during procession.

Valamchuzy Temple

Integrated Development Project

Kindly sent your Donations or Contributions by cheque or drafts to

President
Valamchuzhy Devaswam Mallasserry P.O
Pathanamthitta - 689646

Or Deposit at

State Bank of India Pathanamthitta (Branch) A/c No : 10336372372

Do's and Don'ts in Valamchuzhy Temple

Do's and Don'ts in the Temple

Do not come to the temple empty handed. Always carry offerings to be presented before the deity. Beaten rice, leaves, flowers, water, cash etc., could all be given as offerings.

Feel the presence of the almighty in yourself and in all the creations around you. Present yourself before the deity only after you have taken a good bath and having dressed yourself neatly.

Come face to face with the almighty having a mind devoid of any anger and ill will towards others. Avoid coming to the temple after smearing your body with oil or ghee.

Avoid covering your head with cloths in any manner. Your head should be kept bare. Do not put on any shirt or cover the upper part of your body with clothes.

Women should avoid coming to the temple in their periods. Accept theertham with your right hand only. Use both hands to receive the prasadam from the priest.

The place, where the temple presently stands, derived its name from the direction that the river Achankovil takes as its flows along. It flows westwards initially and circumvents the temple and moves in an East ward direction.

This unique direction of the flow of the river has given the place the name " Valanchuzykara". The other side of the river, however, came to be known as " Marukara". And, with each passing year the " Karas" surrounding the temple increased in numbers.

From two karas initially, the temple earned the respect and adulation of more karas to take the total number to 14. With the support of these 14 karas, the temple gradually acquired fame and respect and is presently one of the most renowned temples in Kerala.

Annadanam will be done on malayalam calnder star day 'Bharani' of every month.
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