The Thiruvambady Temple and Thrissur Pooram festival are today almost synonymous to the general public. However, the latter is the climax to the sustained round the year activities of divine worship aimed at providing a spiritual avenue for peace, tranquility and mental uplift of thousands of devotees far and near. The temple is located 1 km north of the Vadakkunnathan Temple and 800m from Swaraj Round, on the Shornur Road. It is only 10mts drive from Thrissur Railway Station and Bus stand. The Punkunnam Railway station, which is a C-grade station, is only 250 meters from the temple. In physical appearance the temple is a small one; but in quality and immensity of rites of worship, it stands on a par with the Mahakshethras here. In Thiruvambady Sri Krishna Temple the entry is restricted to Hindus only
The main deity at Thiruvambady is Unni Krishna (Lord Krishna in infant form). Goddess Bhagavathy is consecrated in a shrine just on the left of Lord Krishna and worshipped with equal ardor. Lord Ganesha, Dharmasastha and the founders of the temple are worshipped in separate shrines outside the Nalambalam. Deities known by Dravidian names – Kukshi Ayyapa, Manikanda, Ghandakarna, Raktheswari and Bhairava are also enshrined here, just outside the walls of the temple.
Thiruvambady Krishna Temple Timings:
Morning: 4:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Evening: 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Thiruvambady Temple Daily Rituals:
4:00 AM: Nadathurakkal
5:00 AM: Vakacharthu (the holy oil bath of the Lord)
7:00 AM: Usha pooja
10:00 AM: Ucha Pooja followed by Seeveli
4:30 PM: Nadathurakkal
6:15 PM to 7:00 PM: Arathi
8:00 PM: Athazha Pooja followed by Seeveli
Thiruvambady Krishna Temple History:
The oldest record of the history of Thiruvambadi Temple dates back to the 16th century. The temple was formerly situated at Edakkalathur, 20 Km Northwest to the Trichur Town. The idol was transported to the present place by villagers, and a childless couple at the Kandanath Mana were given the custody. They considered it as their own child, and Lord Krishna was so impressed by their devotion that he acquired a different posture with a flute in one hand and the other hand outstretched to accept the butter regularly offered by the couple. The temple ownership was later on passed to the public by the couple.
Thiruvambady Temple Dress Code:
Traditional dress code exists for entering the temple and entry is restricted to Hindus only. Men can only wear Mundu & Veshti, and boys can wear shorts. Women can wear Saris, skirts & Salwar Kameez.
Thiruvambady Krishna Temple Festivals:
Sree Krishna Jayanthi
Navarathri / Dasra – celebrated for 10 days
Thiru Utsava – celebrated for 8 days
Thrissur Pooram – Most important festival
Illamnira – Harvest Festival
How to Reach Thiruvambady Temple:
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport at a distance of 54 km from the temple.
The nearest railhead is the Poonkunnam Railway station at a distance of 500 mts from the temple.
Patturaikkal is at a distance of 2 km from Thrissur. The temple is well connected by roads. Thrissur KSRTC bus stand is at a distance of 2.5 km from the temple.
Thiruvambady Krishna Temple Sub-Deities:
Thiruvambady Krishna Temple Address:
Thrissur – 680022
Thiruvambady Devaswom Office:
Thiruvambady Devaswom Building
Round West, Thrissur – 680 001
Phone: 91 487 2335254 (O)
Mail: [email protected]