Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple is located near Harippad, this is a serpent shrine under the patronage of a brahmin family, headed by a priestess. Parasurama has installed the deities in this temple. This ancient shrine is an internationally renowned pilgrim center dedicated to the Serpent God – Nagaraja. Sarpa Yakshi and Naga Yakshi are the beloved consorts of Nagaraja. It is believed that Nagaraja as the installed deity is endowed with the form of Hari (Lord Vishnu) and the spirit of Lord Shiva.
Legend says that the first priestess of Mannarasala gave birth to a five-headed snake, which is believed to reside in the ancestral house to safeguard the family. At Mannarasala barren women are believed to be blessed with children and a special turmeric paste available at the shrine is credited with powers to cure even leprosy.
The divine serpents (Snake)
The divine serpent was seen in the same place for many days inside the temple. The snake was also seen on steps of gatehouse, on hedgerows, on the creepers.
Yellow serpent (Snake)
About 60 years ago a violent yellow serpent (Snake) carrying an evil snake in its mouth started dancing on Appooppan Kavu which is believed as a holy pond. The yellow serpent vomited and released the evil snake.
The serpent by raising its hood either out of fear or out of a desire of revenge. The violent snake swallowed the cobra again. On knowing this late Valia Amma came with tears and spoked few words. the serpent didn’t moved for nearly half hour. Amma became sad and prayed to release the cobra by chanting of manthras. The next second the serpent left the cobra and went into the Appooppan Kavu.
How to Reach :
This temple lies near to Haripad on the Trivendrum – Alapuzha (Allepey) National Highway 47.
Nearest railway station: Kayamkulam Junction 11 km, Haripad 3 km, Mavelikkara 10 km.
Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport, about 115 km.
By Road: 3 km from Haripad KSRTC bus stand
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple
Mannarasala P.O, Haripad,
Phone: +91 479 2160300, 2413214
e-mail: [email protected]
1) Pregnant woman should not perform the Naga Dosha Pooja at Mannarasala Temple.
2) Males should not enter the Temple wearing a Shirt.
Women seeking fertility come here to worship, and when they give birth of the child they come here to hold thanks giving ceremony, often give new snake images as offerings.