The Haripad Sree Subrahmanya Swamy Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located in the town of Haripad in Alappuzha district, Kerala, India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Subrahmanya, who is also known as Lord Murugan, Kartikeya, or Skanda. Lord Subrahmanya is considered the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and is revered as the God of war, victory, wisdom, and prosperity.
The temple is one of the most significant Subrahmanya temples in Kerala and holds great religious and cultural importance. It is believed to have a history of over 1,000 years and is a prominent pilgrimage site for devotees from different parts of Kerala and beyond.
The main deity in the temple is Lord Subrahmanya, depicted in a standing posture with four arms, holding a spear, a bow, a quiver of arrows, and a rope or noose. The temple complex also houses idols of other deities, including Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, and Goddess Parvati.
One of the major festivals celebrated at the Haripad Sree Subrahmanya Swamy Temple is the “Makaravilakku” festival, which usually falls in January. During this festival, a special ceremonial procession of the deity is held, and the temple is adorned with traditional decorations and illuminated with oil lamps. The festival attracts thousands of devotees and tourists to witness the grand celebrations.
The temple’s architecture reflects the traditional Kerala style, with intricate wood carvings and artistic embellishments adorning the structure. The temple’s surroundings include a large pond known as “Padmatheertham,” which is considered sacred and is often used for ritual baths by devotees.
The Haripad Sree Subrahmanya Swamy Temple is not only a place of worship but also an important cultural and historical landmark, preserving the rich heritage of Kerala’s religious traditions and architectural excellence. It continues to be a popular destination for spiritual seekers and those interested in experiencing the cultural and religious diversity of Kerala.