Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple Tripunithura

Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple situated at Tripunithura within 10 km from south east of Ernakulam. It is one of the prominent temples in Kerala as well as in South India. The chief deity of this temple is Maha Vishnu. He is in the form of Santhanagopala Murthy which means rescuer of babies. It is one of the three Vishnu temples among Kerala. It is believed that Arjuna had been discovered this temple.


In the year 1920 the whole temple was destroyed due to fire accident. So it was again remodeled by the great architect Sri Eachara Warrier in the year 1921. The idols of the main god were taken out safely from the fire accident. It has two storied building in it. In that first floor of the Gopuram have a Mandapam and 8 beautifully designed wooden pillars which hold up the Mandapam. The position of the god looks like sitting in the five headed serpent called Anantha. The statue of the God holds Sanku, chakaram, and lotus temple in his hand. The sitting position of the god is called as Poornathrayeesa. The word Poornathrayeesa is separated into 3 word like Poorna refer as complete, Thraye refer as three and Isa refer as iswarya which refer as Lord of 3 Vedas or Lord of Knowledge.

It is the special position of the god which cannot be seen in the other place in south India. There are number of messages about God written in the stone in the basement which didn’t get spoiled during the fire accident. The Gopuram located on the western side of the temple is very old building which is believed that it was constructed during the 11th and 13th centuries AD. It is believed that this Gopuram was built by the Boodaganas in a one night. Another attraction of this temple is Keda Vilakku. It is believed that Arjuna lighted this lamp and he used Gingely oil for lighting this lamp. In his memory devotees use Gingely oil while lighting the lamp in the temple to God.

Tripunithura temple festival – Vrishchikoltsawam

Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple is well known for its annual festival called as Vrishchikoltsawam. It is celebrated every year in the month of November to December for 8 days. The ritual called Kanikka edal is celebrated during the 4th day of the Vrishchikoltsawam festival. During this ceremony elephants were decorated with ornaments and the people used to offer to god in a golden pot kept on the raised stage. And they will pray to god to give good life to them. Large numbers of devotees visit to temple during this ceremony. Cultural events also take place during this time like Chakyarkoothu, Kathakali, and Ottanthullal.

During Onam other festival of this temple is celebrated is known as Athachamayam festival. It is the one of the traditional festival celebrated in this temple. It is celebrated with the cultural events like Tableau, flute and Pulikkali dance. The main deity of this temple is believed as the protector of Cochin royal family. Other rituals are conducted during the Malayalam month of Thulam and Kumbam.

Roads in Tripunithura are well connected with other places in the city.
Nearest airport to Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple are Kochi domestic airport and Nedumbassery international airport located within 20 km from Cochin.
Railway Station:
Kochi and Ernakulam is the nearest railway station to Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple.

Tourist Place to Visit in Ernakulam District, Kerala