SUBRAHMANYASWAMY TEMPLE - HARIPAD
popular Subrahmanya swamy temple located very close to the Cengannur
temple is the most reputed Murugan temple in Kerala. And the eldest
too. According to legend this icon was adored ardently by Parasuram.
So it bears many vestiges of his magnetic touch. It is one of the
biggest temples possessing the beautiful image of Lord Subrahmanya,
with four hands.
was built under strange circumstances imbued with mystery. It has
many plus points like the celebration of boat race, deemed a great
national festival, when the enthusiasm of the people reach the apex;
performance of Kavadiyattam etc., to speak a few. It came into
existence owing to a strange dream of a virtuous Bhakta. It so
happened that a pious devotee dream one day that a beautiful icon
was lying on a river-bed and it had to be installed in a temple with
agamic rituals soon. On waking up, he informed the strange news to
the elders. The astrologer and scholar delighted at it, at once set
out in search of it. Enchanted by its scantily, they consecrated it
in a temple fitting to its stature, and sanctity.
many festivals common to Murugan temples were introduced. Avani,
Chitra, Karthik, Tai, Dhanu masas the temple at is best with gaiety and
piety reaching the zenith.