Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple

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Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple
Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple is located in Kerala
Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple
Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple
Location in Kerala
Coordinates: 9°20′35″N 76°34′47″E / 9.34306°N 76.57972°E / 9.34306; 76.57972Coordinates: 9°20′35″N 76°34′47″E / 9.34306°N 76.57972°E / 9.34306; 76.57972
Country: India
State: Kerala
District: Alapuzha
Location: Thiruvanvandoor
Temple Details
Primary Deity: Pambanaiappan
Festival Deity: Gosala Krishna
Poets: Nammalvar
Architecture and culture
Architectural styles: Dravidian architecture

The Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple is one of the five Vishnu temples associated with the five Pandava brothers, the principal characters of the Mahabharata. It is believed that Nakula, one of the brothers, performed penance at this site. It is one of the "Divya Desams", the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars.[1]


Earliest references to this temple appear in the poems and hymns composed by the greatest of Alvar saints - Nammalvar, in circa 800 AD. Stone inscriptions in the temple date it back to the Second Chera Empire (800 - 1102 AD).[2]


During Mahabharata war, Nakula underwent penace worshipping the lord here. The famous Pamba river is near the temple and hence the name of the deity is Paambanaiappan.


  1. ^ 108 Vaishnavite Divya Desams: Divya desams in Pandya Nadu. M. S. Ramesh, Tirumalai-Tirupati Devasthanam.
  2. ^ Temples of Kerala. S. Jayashanker, Directorate of Census Operations, Kerala (Census of India, Special Studies) (May 1997). Temples of Kerala, page 304-305. 

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