Thursday, July 11, 2013

Temples of Kerala: Local Shree Krishna Temple, Kannur

Our village walk peaked off with a visit to the local Shree Krishna Temple as suggested by our Kannur home stay host, Indu.

Nestled quietly, a little off the village roads of Kannur, was the Shree Krishna temple snuggled in a blanket of peace. A few minutes in the precincts of the temple and I heard the words of Indu ring true in my ears,

Overview of Shree Krishna temple in Kannur, Kerala

"... The temple is beautiful, do visit it."

The Shree Krishna Temple: Kannur, Kerala

A handful of people waited patiently outside as the temple gates were closed. Soon, the gates gave way to a radiant light of deepams (lamps) illuminating the deity along with a divine chorus of chants by the devotees accompanying it.

A backdoor glimpse of Shree Krishna temple in Kannur, Kerala
One of the back gates to the temple

A window to the lords room, Shree Krishna temple in Kannur, Kerala
A closed window to the Lord's room inside the temple

Morning prayers at Shree Krishna temple in Kannur, Kerala
The deity, the priest, the devotees... and, Faith

The chants (in the local language, Malyalam) were incomprehensible to me but the melody was striking. After offering my prayers and taking my share of warmth from the glow of the arti (prayer), we moved towards the other sub deities like Lord Ganesha, Shiva, etc. surrounding the main temple in the circumambulation path.

Other deities in Shree Krishna temple in Kannur, Kerala
A sub deity inside the temple compound

Unlike its bigger and more famous counterparts, I found this local temple less nosiy and much more laidback than some of the other prominent ones I’d visited the previous day (read: Shree Muthappan Temple and the Shree Rajarajeshwara Temple). This temple was rooted in simplicity that clearly reflected in its basic make and relaxed atmosphere, in a way accentuating the very essence of the village it resided in.

Tips and other information for travelers:

1. Photography is partially prohibited inside the temple. Which means that you can carry a camera inside by depositing a fee of Rs. 50 but not otherwise.

2. The dress code of Mundu is relaxed in the temple.

3. Location: Somewhere in the quaint hamlet of Thottada Village, Kannur, Kerala


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39 comments:

  1. This temple really does look so different from the others you show. It looks a lot more modern! And a bit more stark.

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    1. Spot on, Ginny. This temple is indeed a modern one when compared to the others that I generally show. The real beauty that comes out through this is that in spite of its modernity, one can still see a lot of 'Kerala' in it.

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  2. The temple looks so serene and beautiful, Arti. I love the typical Kerala latch on the Lord's door. I bought one from Kerala for myself.
    Have missed quite a few posts. Shall check them out soon...Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Are these latches sold in bazaars? Where are they supposed to be kept at home, in temple or simply as a lucky charm?

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  3. How well-kept it looks - that saffron/red color is lovely.

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  4. I was thinking before I read the last part of your post that this seemed sort of friendlier and less intimidating temple than most you have shown. Very beautiful and peaceful looking.

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    1. It is less intimidating perhaps, because it is less crowded, Sallie. This temple is not as famous as most of the others you see here and as a result, it has lesser number of people visiting it at any given time.

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  5. I really enjoy seeing the colors of temples like this. So different from the churches of my area.

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    1. Southern temples are colorful, Mareta. Try to plan and visit this part sometime :)

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  7. Hi,Arti
    It would be nice to walk around the temple. It is beautiful.
    A Buddist visits my house every 18 a month to pray for our family ancestor. He sits in front of our alter, chanting a sutra for 15 minutes, but the chants are incomprehensible to me. Yes, I too love to hear the melody.
    Tomoko

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    1. I remember you talking about the priest, Tomoko-san. I can understand what you say, I guess there is a certain melody in prayers.. and it is soothing to both, the ears and the soul.

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  8. beautiful temple... and nice location...

    thanks

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  9. Arti, Good morning. Beautiful temple. Thanks for sharing your post and nice photos. We travel Kerala through your posts.
    ~Have a nice weekend ~

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  10. With the number of temples you've visited in a short span, Kerala would have run out of temples to show you if you had stayed for more days... :) Way to go...!

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    1. Haha, Kerala is not so easy to cover. All the temples that I have shown here are located very near to each other and hence one feels like I visited a lot in my trip ;) But in reality, I have barely managed to scratch the surface. I really need to go there again, there is so much to see, do and experience.

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  11. Seems like a new temple. Nice shots.

    http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.in/2013/07/floating-boats.html

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  12. South Indian temples have a charm of their own. Particularly the small ones with less crowd.

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  13. A feel good factor after reading these posts about temples, Arti! Enjoyed the read!

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  14. I like such temples, that are found off the beaten track, are quiet and simple in demeanor. The divinity is no less than the bigger and more commercial temples, but these afford immeasurable peace and solace to the soul. It is indeed a beautiful temple!

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    1. Feels so nice to hear from you after a long long time, Aunty :) Thank you so much for writing.

      I know, you would love this one as you like less crowded ones and the more peaceful ones. This one is tailor made for you, not touristy and absolutely quiet and tranquil - inside, out.

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  15. I also have the same feeling that the temple is brand new or else it is extremely well maintained. A closed window shown here is quite common but here even the latch/lock is meticulously incorporated. Looks to be located in an otherwise serene and peaceful area.

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    1. It was very well maintained and clean, PNS sir. The temple was under renovation and the people at the donation counter were asking for funds. Interesting to know about the closed doors and locks, as Indrani also says above, the temples of Kerala do have a charm of their own.

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  16. Hi Arti: Your Kerala trip has become a treasure trove with these beautiful nuggets being discovered in small villages in Kerala. Keep them coming...

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  17. New temples getting constructed are more modern...well depending on donations people are changing temples structure than they were actually...missing those old wonderful structures...

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  18. @ALL Thank you so much for stopping by and for all your kind appreciations and comments on the post! I am delighted to see and hear from all of you, thank you! :)

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  19. The temples of Kerala has such a different architecture. They also look so neat. Thanks for giving us a tour of Kerala :)

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  20. This temple looks so new, well maintained and different. A beautiful temple, indeed.

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  21. Hi, Arti. I find joy seeing one of your temples (and your culture most especially). I wish to be born in India in my next life.

    Have a great new week ahead, my dear friend.

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  22. Ah,this temple looks so different from the ones i have seen so far.Isn't it somewhat like the architecture in north-east?But it is so clean & quiet!Nice place.

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  23. The temple looks beautiful and elegantly painted! Peaceful ambiance :)

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  24. beautiful temples!! very good place. great information for me as a traveller

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  25. It looks so peaceful and serene and divine indeed!

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  26. What a beautiful and serene looking temple, Arti. It's such a find and it just looks so peaceful. Love those doors and windows shots.

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  27. Catching up with all your beautiful Kerala posts..

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  28. Temple is so serene, away from all the chaos of the world. Kerala temples' architectural design and construction are much different than rest of the Bharat. Deepams instead of the modern lights with electricity make the temples heavenly. This post is taking the devotees in another world, magical world of Lord Krishna. :)

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  29. Wow Arti... These are beautiful photos.. and a wonderful narration!

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