Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple
The only temple dedicated to Lord Parsurama, the creator of Kerala and a major Avathar of Lord Vishnu is lovated in Thiruvallam in Trivandrum town. It is about 6 km from the Trivandrum station. People believe that the temple is very ancient . Even the present day g historians believe that is about 1000 year old.
Lord Parasurama, the 6th incarnation of Maha Vishnu is considered as a Chiranjeebvi (that is a person who does not have death) .The Temple due to its ancient nature is a protewcted monument.The temple is located in the triveni Sangamam of three small rivers Karamana , killi and Parvathiputhanar..It is believed that when Vilvamangalathu SAmiyar came in serach of the Padmanabha SWamy temple , He saw a huge idol of Padmanabha , with his head in Thiruvallam and feet in THirupappur.The saint was awe struck and prayed the God to reduce g his size and the God did to the present form which is consecrated in Ananthapadmanabha swami temple .Devotees believe that their pilgrimage to Trivandrum would be complete only if the visit the Three temples of located in east fort (padmanabha swamy) , Thiruvallanm and Thirupappur in the same day.
Apart from the main temple of Parasurama , the temple also has sub temples for Lord Shiva as well as Lord Brahma. There is also the feet print of the God , worshipped by Parasurama , which was consecrated and worshipped by ASwathama , the disciple of Parasurama, The temple of Parasurama with an axe and separate trimurthy temples as sub temples in the temple, which are believed to be consecrated by Lord Parasurama himself. There is also a shrine for Veda Vyasa in side the temple , where students come and pray for getting good results in the examinations.
Devotees believe that Adhi Sankara performed the Bali for his mother at this temple after her death. Because of this Pithru Tharpanam performed at this temple is considered as special. On the new moon day(Amavasya) of the month of Karkidaga(July –august) very large number of devotees visit the temple to give Bali to their ancestors. Similarly the Amavasya day of month of Makara(January-February ) is also considered important for this purpose.Parasurama Jayanthi also celebrated in the temple in a grand scale.
The temple is open from 5 AM to 11 Am and 4 PM to 7 PM. The telephone number of the temple is 0471-2380706.