Vadakkencherry

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Bhagavathi temple, Mudappallur
Vadakkencherry
വടക്കഞ്ചേരി
Kuttappura
Town
A view of Vadakkencherry town
A view of Vadakkencherry town
Coordinates: 10°38′53″N 76°32′17″E / 10.648°N 76.538°E / 10.648; 76.538Coordinates: 10°38′53″N 76°32′17″E / 10.648°N 76.538°E / 10.648; 76.538
Country  India
State Kerala
District Palakkad
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 678683
Telephone code 91 4922
Vehicle registration KL-9, KL-49
Nearest city Thrissur (33 km away)
Palakkad (34 km away)
Lok Sabha constituency Alathur
Vidhan Sabha constituency Tharoor

Vadakkenchery is a small town in Palakkad, district of Kerala state, south India, which is 40 km. north-east of Thrissur and a same distance south-west of Palakkad. It is under Alathur Taluk in Palakkad district. National Highway 47 passes through Vadakkencherry. Vadakkencherry Vela and "Eakadesi Villaku" is one of the famous festivals in Kerala. Though the spellings are different, many people confuse Vadakkencherry with Wadakkancheri of Thrissur. To avoid confusion, some refer to Vadakkencherry as Alathur-Vadakkencherry or Vadakkencherry-MBR, which is short for Malabar region. The postal code of Vadakkencherry is 678683. Vadakkancherry is surrounded by other locales such as Puducode, Kannambra, Manjapra, Mudappallur, Kizhakkancheri, Konnanchery and Ayakkad. [state of Kerala, India.The SH58 from Vadakkencherry to Pollachi via Kollengode starts from here.

Name[edit]

The name Vadakkencherry is originated by joining of two words - Vadakkan (Northern) and Cheri (Street). Vadakkencherry is sometimes shortened to VDY or VDCY. Vadakkancherry, sometimes spelled as Vadakkumcherry or Vadukkumcherry or Vadukkencherry, is located in the middle of Palakkad and Thrissur cities on National Highway 47

Transportation[edit]

This town connects to other parts of India through Palakkad city. National Highway No.544 connects to Coimbatore and Bangalore. Other parts of Kerala is accessed through National Highway No.66 going through Thrissur. Calicut International Airport, Cochin International Airport and Coimbatore Airport are the nearest airports. Shoranur Junction railway station is the nearest major railway station.

Cinema Halls[edit]

There are seven theatres in VDY-Jayabharath Movies, New Jayabharath Movies, Thangam, KAM Movie Max Aashirvad, Sobha, Sri Rama and CVM Movies. New Jayabharath was opened in mid 2009 and is the first Air Conditioned theater in Vdy. KAM Movie Max Aashirvad was opened in 07/08/2010 inaugurated by Mohanlal. KAM Movie Max is leased by Antony Perumbavoor (Aashirvad Cinemas).

Festival[edit]

Ekadesi Vilakku: The Navaratri is celebrated in Vadakkencherry village. The festivities extend to a total duration of 12 days, which includes the Dasami (10th Day) and the Ekadasi (11th Day), with festivities peaking on Ekadasi day in a grand celebration. The Navaratri starts with the hoisting of the celebratory flag of the deity on the Kodimaram (flag staff) to indicate the start of festivities. During the first 10 days, a caparisoned elephant carrying the image of the village's presiding deity Lakshminarayana Perumal comes in a procession visiting the entire village. Nivediam is offered to the Lord by every house in the village. The Alwar, who specifically makes it to the Vadakkencherry from Tanjore a.k.a. Thanjavur from where he hails and who is part of the procession, performs the Nivediam ritual. The procession is accompanied by a small group of traditional music players playing the Chenda and accompaniments. The procession is performed twice in a day, once in the morning and once more in the evening.

Sree Ganapathi Sahayam-Sree Naga Sahayam Ulsavagosham: Ganapathy Sahayam & Naga Sahayam Vela is one of the most popular competition festival in palakkad dt. Vela falls on April 17 every year (medam 4th). Each temple features a set of 5 elephants and Panchavadyam led by the prominent panchavadyam musicians in kerala. Main attraction of this vela's are Kuda-Mattom (by evening), Vedikettu (Fireworks) & Ganamela by night. Chamaya-Pradarsanam [Exhibition of the elephant's decorations] and Thayambaka which happens on 16 April (the day before Vela). Other attractions are a Multi-storied Panthal with illumination, Thayambaka, Eddu (A special kind of firework done to announce the beginning of the festival). It is also referred to as Vadakkencherry Pooram.

Tourist Attractions[edit]

Vadakkencheryis a starting point of a huge hill region. In Malayalam language, 'cherry' means a place which lies under hills. Here, places like Mangalam Dam, Palakkuzhi, Odemthode are the kind of places where the beauty of nature is very near to us. We can see the harmonious culture in Vadakkenchery in every corner of the village. The famous Nelliampathi, Kunjiarpathy (near to Odemthode-Mangalam dam) hills are located close to this town. Pothundi Dam is another attraction. This dam has been created with mud and rocks. It is on the way to Nelliampathi. For Sabarimala pilgrims, this town is a short time resting place. Many of the traditional food items of Kerala are supplied and became famous from here. Though the town and the nearby area are fast developing, you can see the beauty of the river, green fields and forests everywhere.

Temples[edit]

The area has a few old temples:

  • Sri Mariyamman Temple (Palayam)
  • Sri Kodikkattu Bhagavathy Temple (Kodikkattukavu)
  • Sri Thiruvara Siva Temple
  • Sri Maha Ganapathy Temple, Vinayaka street, Vadakkencherry
  • Sri Nagaraja Temple, Vadakkencherry
  • Mangodimuthi Temple, Vadakkedesham, Kammanthara
  • Sri Namburimuthan Temple, Thekkedesham, Kammanthara
  • Sri Palliyaarakkavu and adjoining Shiva Temple, managed by Thiruvanjikkulam Devaswam Board, Cherukannambra near Nelliyampadam
  • Sri Narashima Moorthi Temple, Anjumoorthi Mangalam
  • Padarkavu Sri Krishna Temple, Manikyapaadam
  • Sri Dharmasatha Kshetram, Padinjarethara, Vandazhy

Churches[edit]

  • Rajagiri Church, Kanakkenthuruthi
  • St. George Malankara Church, Chakkund
  • Lourde Matha Farona Church
  • Hermon Marthoma Church
  • St. Alosious RSLC Church
  • Jose Giri Church
  • St. George Jacobite Syrian Church, Thenidukku
  • Mar GreGorious Orthodox Church, Thenidukku
  • Malankara Christian Church
  • St. Thomas Evangelical Church
  • The Indian Pentecostal Church of God (IPC), Thenidukku
  • St.Jude Church, Odenthode
  • St. Xaviers Church, Mangalam Dam
  • St. Marys Church Mariya Nagar, Chittadi
  • Grace Baptist Church, Vadakkencherry
  • St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Church, Erukkumchira
  • st. Francis xaviour church, vandazhy
  • st. Ignatious church, vadakkencherry
  • st. Thomas church, elavampadam

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