Thiruvangad Sree Ramaswami Temple
Thiruvangad Sree Ramaswami Temple is one of the four Shrines dedicated to Lord Sree Rama located in Thiruvangad near Thalassery in Kerala. The other three are at Triprayar, Thiruvilluamala and Kadalur. Located in an elevated plot of 2.75 hectares with an adjoining temple tank known as CHIRA which extends in an area of one hectare, the temple is within two kms away from Tellicherry Railway Station and Bus Stand. In between the outer wall and the Chira is a Gopuram, which was originally a seven storeyed structure which was destroyed during Tippu Sultan's invasion.
According to Kerala Mahatmyam, this temple was consecrated by Lord Parasurama one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu . Evidences point out that this temple is about 2000 years old.
Lord Vishnu with the mace held upside down in one hand and Abhaya mudra (sign of blessing and Moksha) in the other. It is believed that Sree Rama in 'Poornaroopa' is depicted in the mood immediately after the killing of Khara, Thrisiras and Dooshana along with their fourteen thousand soldiers.
It is also the belief that Seetha Devi was hidden in a nearby caveduringl the fight with Khara and others under Lakshmana's surveilence, which cave came to be known as Pokkinassery, since the luggage (Pokkinam) of Sree Rama, Lakshmana and Seetha were safe deposited there.Sree Hanuman is consecrated in front, slightly towards the left of Sree Rama; the pilgrims give equal importance to Sree Hanuman. The idol of Ramadasa Hanuman is made of Metal.
The other minor deities are Sree Porkali Devi in the Namaskara Mandapam, Sree Subramanyan near Thidappally facing West, Sree Ganapathy and Sree Dakshinamoorty in the South Nada, Sree Vana Sastavu in the Pichakathara, SreeGuruvayoorappan on the north side facing East and various Thevara Moorthies (condemned idols) on the north side facing West.
Age old items of Naivedyams (offerings) for Sree Rama are Neyyamruthu, Ney Vilakku, Payasam, Pushpanjali, Garland etc. and Avil (beaten rice) sweetened with sugar, banana and coconut scrapings for Hanuman. Special offering are Kalaba Charthu and Niramala with additional illuminataion and decorations. Book A tour Package to Thiruvangad Sree Ramaswami Temple