Vazhamuttom

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Vazhamuttom
വാഴമുട്ടം
city
Thullal Festival
Thullal Festival
Coordinates: 9°16′N 76°47′E / 9.27°N 76.78°E / 9.27; 76.78Coordinates: 9°16′N 76°47′E / 9.27°N 76.78°E / 9.27; 76.78
Country  India
State Kerala
District Pathanamthitta
Elevation 19 m (62 ft)
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 689646

Vazhamuttom is a village township near to Pathanamthitta Town in Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, India. [1] .[2]

Thazhoor Temple[edit]

Thazhoor Bhagavathy Temple - View from Thazhoor bridge

Vazhamuttom is famous for the ancient Thazhoor Bhagavathy Kshetram(temple). "Padayani" performances are held at the temple annually. Padayani songs are very ancient folk-lore of Kerala.

Folk Dances[edit]

The padayani folk-dances are traditionally preserved in this part of Kerala. The word padayani literally means military formations or rows of army, but in this folk art we have mainly a series of divine and semi-divine impersonations wearing huge masks or kolams of different shapes, colours and designs painted on the stalks of arecanut fronds. The Padayani is dedicated to the Goddess Bhadrakaali. The Padayani is a marvellous combination of music, dance, painting and satire. The Padayani is conducted during the Malayalam Calendar months of Kumbham, Meenam and Medam (The English months of February, March and April). The temple is located on the banks of River Achankovil, with doors opening to the river.

Access[edit]

The district capital, Pathanamthitta which is 4 km away is well connected to all major towns and cities of India. Vazhamuttom is connected to Pathanamthitta, Konni, Adoor & Pandalam by large number of privately operated public buses. Buses from Pathanamthitta Town to Vallicode Kottayam (V-Kottayam) ply through Vazhamuttom on a regular interval of 30 minutes. One can reach there by buses operating in Konni - Pandalam and Konni - Adoor route, too.

Other attractions[edit]

Mahavishnu temple is believed to be built by the King of Pandalam. Apart from this there are five Christian churches in Vazhamuttom. Two of the churches are located at the area on the east bank of Achankovil river and two on the west .Mar Bahanam Valiyapally is the oldest church in vazhamuttom which is established in the year 1893.Another important holy place named kanjirappara(Lord shiva) situated 1.5 km away from mahavishnu temple.

Geography[edit]

Vazhamuttom is located on the banks of River Achankovil. Vazhamuttom is the meeting point of Chandanapally-Konni Road, Pathanamthitta-Thazhoorkadavu Road and Omallur-Thazhoorkadavu Road. Pathanamthitta-Thazhoorkadavu Road serves as a parallel road to Kaipattoor - Pathanamthitta Road. We can reach Kaipattoor via Mayalil. It helps to avoid the busiest Kaipattoor - Pathanamthitta Road and one can reach Kaipattoor Kadav Junction and can turn left to reach Adoor via Thatta and Anandapally and reaching MC road to continue to the State Capital Thiruvananthapuram.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Kerala-History
  2. ^ Tourist Guide to Kerala By Motilal (UK) Books of India, Various, V. Subburaj