Mannarasala Nagaraja Temple is one of the popular pilgrimage centres of Kerala. This ancient temple is located in Haripad in the district of Allappuzha. This temple is unique in nature, and is dedicated to serpent gods.
The two main idols are Nagaraja (the serpent king) and his consort, Sarpayakshini. Thousands of snake images are displayed here along the path and on the trees.
Usually, male priest will be performing the pujas in the temples, here, a Brahmin woman is the chief priest of the temple, who is called Mannarasala Amma.
Uruli Kamazhthal (placing of a traditional bronze vessel
upside down) is the main offering of Mannarasala temple, which is very popular among childless couple for
begetting children. People will go there and pray for blessings to get a child, and promise that if their wish is fulfilled Uruli kamazhthal will be done. Once the couple get a child they will come and do this offering as promised.
Main festivals of Mannarasala Nagaraja Temple
Ayilyam festival is the main festival here, which falls during October-November. Ayilyam festival (Ayilyam Mahotsavam) is celebrated for 3 days, and the ‘Maha Deepakazhcha’ is the highlight of this festival. The festival will conclude with a grand procession of serpent gods, led by chief priest carrying Thidambu the main deity from the temple to the Manarasserry illam, which is the residence of the family that administers the temple, followed by Ayilyam puja. Nurum palum, kuruthi, coins, pepper, grains etc are considered as Mannarasala temple offerings. Pulluvan songs and dance are also a part of this festival.
Mahashivaratri festival is also celebrated here on a grand way.
Thousands of people attend Ayilyam festival including foreigners.
If you are interested to know more, details can be found here on the temple website www.mannarasala.org
Mannarasala sree Nagaraja
Mannarasala P.O, Haripad
Alappuzha 690 514
Kerala state, India
Tel +91 479 2413214
Reaching there -
The Bus stand is just 3 kms away and the Railway station is just 4 kms away.
Cochin international airport is 100 kms. away.
Return from Mannarasala Nagaraja Temple