Thuravoor Ugra Narasimha Morthy and Sudarasana temple
Thurvaoor ins located by the side of NH47 , 25 km south of the city of cochin .This temple has two ancient temples within it. One is that of Maha Sudarsana Moorthy , believed to be 1300 years old and athe Ugra Narasimha Murthy might have been built in the 7th centuary Ad. Nothing much is known about the origin of the sudarshana temple but there is interesting story about the Ugra Narasimhamoorthy temple . It seems there was a king called Keralendra belonging to the Chera dynasty, His Guru was a great savant called Mutingottu adigal. Once when Adikal was participating in a fuction to worship ancestors , he realized that he would soon die and be born as a dog. He instructed the king to protect him when he is born as a dog from doing evil acts. The king agreed and he saw his Guru was born as a dog .He was taking care of it but one day he was forced to kill the Dog. The sin of killing his Guru fell on him. To get rid of that , he consecrated a Lakshmi Narayana temple near Angamali in a place called Naya thottam(Dog’s garden) . The Namboodiri who conducted the function told the king that he would take his fees after returning from his Kasi pilgrimage . While in Kasi, A huge flame of light appeared and told that , it would lead him to a place where an idol of Lord Narasimha lay buried. It wanted to him to consecrate that statue near a Sudarshana temple. Then the light took him to a place near Thuravoor. When he dug there, the Statute of Lord Vishnu came out from there.With the money given by the king , that Nambudiri built a temple in the compound of the Sudarshana temple itself.. There is a belief that this place has very many temples and in ancient days it was called Surapuri..The King Brought five Brahmin families from THulu Nadu and settled them there.There is a peculiar practice in this temple regarding priests. .Every two years, the chief priest (mesanthi) would become assistant priest(Keezgh santhi) and the assistant priest become the chief priest. This is because the Chief priest should not leave the temple, should observe celibacy .
The temple of Lord Narasimha moorthy is built in a very grand scale with lot of sculptures and paintings. The Sudashana temple has an idol has four hands holding conch, wheel , mace and the lotus flower. Unlike other Sudarshana temples , inside it there is no Vishnu temple , which is separate temple in the same compound. However the well for both temples are shared with each other. Though called Ugra Nasimha murthy , the idol is that of a standing Lord Vishnu. There is also small temples of Lord Ganapathi, Lord Shiva, Sastha, Nagas and BHagawathi in the compound of the temple. The temples observe several festivals. The most important is the nine day festival in the month of Thulam. There is a grand Palli Vetta festival in Medam month . The Konkani Brahmins attend this festival in very large numbers.On Deepavali day there is a festival called Valiya Vilakku.Ashtami Rohini. On pathamudayam day the Gods are taken out for a procession outside. The temple is open from 3am to 11 Am and then from 5,20 Pm to 7,30 Pm. Big gun like crackers (Vedi) are burst in the temple as the offering to gOds, because it seems when the Narasimhamurthy came out of the earth, it made that type of sound.
Though the temple’s land belonged to Cochin state , due to political reasons it was managed by Travancore kings under a condition that when the Travancore king steps in to the temple, the temple would be transferred to Cochin, It seems after independence that last Travancore king came to this temple but walked only on carpets spread inside the temple .