Thirunavaya Nava Mukunda Temple, Malappuram

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Tirunavaya Temple (in full Tirunavaya Navamukunda Temple) is an ancient Hindu temple at Tirunavaya, central Kerala, on the northern bank of the Bharatappuzha (River Ponnani), dedicated to Navamukundan (Narayana-Vishnu).
The temple is glorified in Divya Prabandha, an early medieval Tamil collection of hymns by the Vaishnava Alvars. It is one of the 108 divyadesas (tirupatis) dedicated to god Vishnu, who is worshipped as Navamukunda Perumal at Tirunavaya. The temple has no pond or well, and water from the river is used for all rituals. The presence of Cherutirunavaya Brahma - Siva Temples across the River Ponnani at Tavanur makes it a trimutri sangama. The river bank in the temple are considered as holy as Kasi and the ritual offering practices for forefathers (bali tarpana/sradha puja) are similar to the ones done there. Ganapati (Adi Ganesa/Gajendra), Lakshmi ("Malarmangai Nachiyar") and Ayyappa Swami are the associated pratishthas. Goddess Lakshmi has a separate sri kovil in the temple, unlike most of the other Narayana-Lakshmi temples.
The temple was the venue of the Mamankams, a festival celebrated once in 12 years from at least the 8th century AD. The temple building was attacked and destroyed during the invasion of Kerala by Sultan of Mysore Tipu (18th century AD), and later attacked in 1921 during the Mappila Rebellion. The present temple building is constructed in the indigenous Kerala Temple Architecture style.

Presently, the Tirunavaya temple (Malappuram Division, Grade: Sp) is administered by Samutiri of Kozhikode (Zamorin of Calicut) as the managing trustee under Malabar Devaswom Board, Government of Kerala. The temple is open from 05.00 am to 10.00 am and 04.00 pm to 07.00 pm on all days leaving festive days.
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  • A must visit temple... The scenic view of temple and bharathapuzha flowing beside is a wonderful view.. the temple staffs were very helpful .. one will find accommodation inside the temple property...  more »
  • Such a beautiful temple this. And situated near bharathapuzha. And food facilities for after death Kriyas  more »
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  • The view of bharathapuzha river is breathtaking. From here . Mobile phones are not allowed inside temple. Dress code is also there for males .
  • Amazing place for piece and harmony. This temple was created more than 1500 years ago. A place to watch. Quality Lodging facility near the temple is not available, and the ones nearby are very basic ones.

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