|Description: The Vamanamurthy Temple at Trikakkara is an ancient one, located 14 km
north east of Irinjalakuda on the Thrissur Ernakulam railroad. It has been glorified by
the tamil hymns (Tiruvaimozhi) of Nammalwar, of the 1st millennium CE.
This temple is associated with the Onam festival;
Tiruvonam is celebrated in the Malayalam month of Chingam (Leo), the last day Onam marking
the avataram of Vamana and the banishment of Mahabali Chakravarti to the netherworld. Onam
is the most important festival celebrated in Kerala. Even today, an image of Trikkakkara
Vamana is symbolically used in Onam celebrations in several places in Kerala.
This temple celebrates the legend of the origin of Vamana -
Trivikrama and his conquest of the worlds with his massive Trivikrama form and his placing
his foot on Mahabali Chakravarti's head. Local legends even associate the Kapila theertham
with the source of water with which Mahabali Chakravarti symbolically made his offering of
land to Vamana.
Legend has it that Mahabali returns to the earth once a year
during the Onam festival and that his return is marked by celebrations involving floral
decorations and more.
There are interesting non-puranic local legends surrounding this place. A devout
farmer, appalled by the lack of crop from his fields of plantain trees, worshipped the
deity here, with an offering of a bunch of plantains fashioned out of gold, upon which, he
was blessed with a more than bountiful harvest of a breed of bananas now known as Nendiram
An extension to this legend has it that a yogi was accused unjustly of stealing these
golden plantains; acquitted later after undue punishment, the yogi cursed the place to
befall into ruins. The legend states that the yogi, thanks to his untimeley death caused
by the undue punishment and humiliation turned into a bhramharakshasan and that a shrine
was built to propitate his spirit. The region went through wars and conquests and suffered
poverty, apparently due to the yogi's curse. It was only later that the administration of
the temple was taken over by the Travancore kingdom and the temple began to see better
Deities: The presiding deity here is Vamanamurthy.
There are subshrines to Sastha and Mahalakshmi. This temple is characterized by its vritta
(circular) vimanam. A Shivalingam in the temple is said to have been held in worship
by Mahabali Chakravarti. There are inscriptions here from as early as the 10th century CE
the period of Bhaskara Ravivarma. This temple is said to have received endowments from the
Chera king Kulasekhara Perumaal of the 9th century CE.