Believed to have been built by Lord Parasurama, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu who reclaimed Kerala from the sea, the Vadakkumnathan Temple is one of the oldest in the State and is an ASI monument. A classic example of the Kerala style of architecture, the temple has many decorative murals and pieces of art. Exquisite murals on the Mahabharata adorn the walls of the shrine dating back to sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The two circular and one square vimana in the first prakara together with ‘Namaskara mandapa’, ‘balipitha’ and ‘gopuradvaras’ represent a complete Kerala temple complex dated to twelfth century. The most important shrine is the northern most circular sandhara temple of Vadakkumnathan, followed by smaller circular shrine of Sankaranarayana and the southernmost square shrine of Sreerama. The main shrine is a circular ekatala vimana with a conical roof covered with copper sheets.  Its interior has two rows of twelve and sixteen pillars respectively surrounding the sanctum proper. This is the venue of the world famous Pooram Festival celebrated annually in April / May. The fireworks at the Pooram are a spectacular sight.


  • In Swaraj Round, 2 km from Thrissur Railway Station


Non-Hindus are not allowed into the temple.

Open 0400 - 1030 hrs, 1700 - 2030 hrs