The Trichambaram Krishna temple is
located near Taliparamba near Kannanur in northern Kerala. Three of the
best known Krishna temples in Kerala are Guruvayur,
Ambalappuzha and Trichambaram.
In the local region, it constitutes
one of the trinity of temples held in high regard, one being the Taliparamba Shiva temple and the other the Vaidyanatha temple.
literary sources state that this temple was in existence in the 11th century CE. It has
been renovated several times. Like many other temples in the region it underwent
destruction at the hands of invaders and was renovated in the late eighteenth century.
The Trichambaram Krishna
temple is a small one, with a two storeyed sanctum with four projecting gables on a
pyramidal roof. The sanctum has beautiful carvings and murals from the 15th and 16th
In the temple complex, is also a tank
with a shrine to Durga in the center.
Legends: Like many
other temples in Kerala, this temple is said to have been installed by Parasurama.
This temple is said to enshrine Krishna, exhibiting jubilation upon destroying the demon
Kamsan. Prior to this, Kamsan had bid his royal tusker Kuvalayapidam to attack Krishna and
Krishna had killed the attacking elephant.
In keeping with this legend, elephants
are a taboo at this temple, despite the fact that elephants form an integral part of the
fanfare that accompanies festivities in all Keralite temples.
Festivals: The annual
festival at this temple is celebrated in the malayalam month of Kumbham. On the first day
of the festival, an image of Balarama is brought into the temple from the nearby
Dharmakulangara temple. Images of Krishna and Balarama are carried by priests who dance to
the accompaniment of drums. Festivities are held for ten nights in a row. On the final day
of the festival, the scene of Balarama bidding farewell to his brother Krishna is enacted
(in a manner similar to the Vaikom festival).