Temple of the King (Cobra) – Sri Peralassery Subrahmanya Temple

There is something about temples that appeals to me despite my being an atheist. The smells, the texture of the walls, an ancient feel, the age-old rituals and at times, the brilliant architecture, all of these create a very stimulating sensory experience.

I have generally been more enticed by temples that are from an age gone by, the new ones not so much. This is probably not as much of a rule as it is a yardstick for me to decide on whether or not to visit a temple. While giving in to this interest, I recently decided to revisit one of the temples that I have visited many times in the past (before I was allowed to be an atheist!).

The Peralassery Sri Subrahmanya Temple is located around 16 kms south of Kannur city on the Kannur-Kuthuparamba road. Considered as an ancient temple, it is popularly believed that this place of worship was built by Lord Rama himself. The presiding deity of the temple is the serpent form of Lord Subrahmanya and so when inside the temple, one can view many idols of the King Cobra. This majestic snake is considered holy and eggs are the main offering.

The temple β€˜Chira’ or stepped pond/tank, positioned just outside the temple entrance, is a structure of impressive scale. Visitors/devotees to the temple make it a point to wash take a dip here before entering the temple. An important annual attraction is the eight day Kodiyettam festival that is celebrated in the month of December and the festivities have been drawing thousands of visitors here every year.

In short, if you are passing by, you might most definitely find a visit to this temple worthwhile.

Here are some photographs from my last visit to the temple.

Peralassery Sri Subrahmanya Temple

Shops outside the temple complex.

Peralassery Sri Subrahmanya Temple

The Chira or the stepped temple pond/tank – Pic 1.

Peralassery Sri Subrahmanya Temple

The Chira or the stepped temple pond/tank – Pic 2.

Peralassery Sri Subrahmanya Temple

The Chira or the stepped temple pond/tank – Pic 3.

Peralassery Sri Subrahmanya Temple

Entrance to the temple building.

Peralassery Sri Subrahmanya Temple

The temple building.

Peralassery Sri Subrahmanya Temple

The beautiful banyan tree inside the temple complex.

Peralassery Sri Subrahmanya Temple

Beautiful stone idols of the King Cobra.

Peralassery Sri Subrahmanya Temple

Devotees worship the many idols of the King Cobra that are placed near the entrance.

Peralassery Sri Subrahmanya Temple

A tiny brass idol of the King Cobra looks over the entrance.

Peralassery Sri Subrahmanya Temple

The brass multi-leveled main lamp at the temple entrance.

Peralassery Sri Subrahmanya Temple

The main lamp has a tortoise as the base and a rooster at the top.

Peralassery Sri Subrahmanya Temple

The Lamp with the Eternal Flame. The flame of this lamp has never been put off!

Peralassery Sri Subrahmanya Temple

A devotee catches a nap at the entrance of the stepped pond/tank.

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