About Aranmula

Aranmula Sree ParthaSarathy Temple is one of the most ancient temples of Kerala. The presiding deity is ParthaSarathy (Lord Krishna). The temple is on the left bank of the Pampa River. The temple has four towers over its entrances on its outer wall. The eastern and western tower is accessed through a flight of 18 steps. Descending 57 steps through the northern tower, one can reach the Pampa River.

The Aranmula is one of the "Divya Desams" (Holy Place), the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars located near Aranmula, a village in Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, South India.

It is believed that the main IDOL in Aranmula temple was worshiped by Arjuna, the third Pandava. All Pandavas had their own IDOL of Lord Krishna to worship, and all these IDOLs are placed in temple nearby places to Aranmula. The IDOL worshipped by Yudhistira can be found in Thrichittattu, Bhima in Thrippuliyoor, Arjuna in Aranmula, Nakula in Thrikkodithanam and Sahadeva in Thiruvanvandoor.

Aranmula Temple

Aranmula Palliyodam

Palliyodams are Aranmula’s unique snake boats (Chundan Vallam) which devotees hold in reverence, considering it as the divine vessel of the presiding deity in Sree Parthasarathy temple. These Palliyodams belong to different Karas (rustic parts) on the banks of river Pampa.

In aranmula, 52 Palliyodams are there, starting from Edakkulam in East to Chennithala in West. There were Palliyodams in the past from Vadasserikkara to Chennithala. Vanchippattu, is a unique song in Palliyodams, the oarsmen will use oars in the rhitham of Vanchippattu. The culture and life surrounding Aranmula is greatly influenced by Palliyodams and Vanchippattu.

Vallasadya is conducted by the devotees as an offering to the Palliyodams in the name the lord Parthasarathy(another name for Lord Krishna). On the Vallasadya day, the oarsmen will come to the Temple in the boat through the river singing Vanchippattu, and have a feast and then returns to their village.

Aranmula Vallam kali

Aranmula Kannadi

Aranmula kannadi, meaning the Aranmula metal mirror, is a handmade metal mirror, made in Aranmula. Unlike the normal glass mirrors, it is a metal mirror or first surface mirror or front surface reflection mirror, which eliminates secondary reflections and aberrations typical of back surface mirrors.

These unique metal mirrors are the result of Kerala's rich cultural and metallurgical traditions. The artisans belonging to Viswabrahmana caste were brought from Sankarancoil in Tamil Nadu to Aranmula by the king for the construction work at the Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple. Before leaving they gifted the King a crown with a metal mirror at the centre. Impressed by their metallurgical skills, the king arranged for their stay near the Theke nada (South Gate) of the temple.

Aranmula Kannadi