In HIS own country it was our first visit to a temple. Made in a typical Kerala style of temples, the temple of Thrikakara Vamana Moorthy is located 25 Km from Fort Kochi. Unlike other tourist places in Fort Kochi, this temple is less visited by the tourists and we were the lone tourists in the temple on that day. It is the main centre of Onam festival when it is visited largely by the people from many places.
Thrikkakara Vamana Moorthy Temple
Lord Vamana is believed to be the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is one of the few temples of Lord Vamana in India. It is the place where the Lord Vishnu in his avatar as Vamana is believed to have placed His foot on the head of Asura King Mahabali.
Legend has that Mahabali, the popular Asura King, extended his kingdom to the earth, and the patala (underground) which caused worry to the Gods. Lord Vishnu, in his form as Vamana, asked the Asura King Mahalbali for a piece of land only three steps wide. Generous king Mahabali granted the wish. To occupy three steps wide land, Vamana grew to an immense size and with his one step covered the heaven and the earth with another. There was no space left for the third step. Then the Asura King Mahabali offered his own head for the third step. Before going into Patala, Mahabali made a last prayer to Lord Vamana for granting his wish to visit Kerala once in a year, to see that his people are happy. His wish was granted and it is believed that Mahabali comes during the Onam festival (August-September) to see his people and to visit his land. All these events were happened at the place where this temple is now located.
The temple remains open till 11 in the morning and opens again at 5 in the evening. As we reached the temple during its closed hours, we could not see inside of the temple. However, we could circumambulate the temple from outside.