Sree Narayanapuram Mahavishnu Temple, Adoor, Kerala - famous for Dasavatharam festival

Shree Narayanapuram Mahavishnu temple, Adoor,

Sree Narayanapuram Mahavishnu Temple (more than 1000 years old), about  5 km from the town of Adoor  set in a picturesque  place is an important Sri Vishnu templei. Manankala, Kerala is a beautiful village offering a fine ambiance.  A visit to the temple will never disappoint you, considering its serene location.   Spiritually engaging and  exhilarating is the annual  festival season at this temple.

During the festival season both the village and the ancient temple come alive and lots of devotees visit this place to witness a popular festival event called  the Dasavatarachartu festival, an annual  ten-day festival  celebrated with pomp and pageantry. The mythological theme is about the ten (Dasa) avatars (incarnations) of Sri Vishnu. Each day different avatar of Sri Vishnu is worshiped here. It is one of the few temples  in Kerala, perhaps in South India, where the entire festival is dedicated to the ten incarnation of God Vishnu. The avatars include Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parasurama, Rama, Balarama, Krishna and Kalki. 

Dasavataram, Mysore painting.

The presiding deity in the Srikovil (gargeiha/ sanctum) is Sree Narayana Murthy  and the idol is said to have been brought from Thuravoor Mahakshetram. This temple celebrates many festival, but the most attractive one is as mentioned earlier Dasavatarachartu festival. During the festival season, the temple is well decorated. This temple is built in typical Kerala-styled temple architecture with flag-staff - Dwajasthmbam facing the main shrine. 


Since Sree Narayanapuram Mahavishnu Temple Adhoor of Kerala is famous for the 10-day Dasavatharam festival, I believe, it is quite appropriate to recall the Annual Natyanjali festival of 2020 at the  Chidambaram Sri Nataraja  temple, TN.

Natyanjali festival, Chidambaram,

Tanjore painting. 10 avatar of Sri Vishnu.

In the 3rd week of February 2020 the 39th  Natyanjali festival ( a 5-day event )was held on a grand scale and various dancers from across India participated in this famous Natayanjali program at the popular Sri Chidambaram Nataraja temple (Chidambaram town, TN), to showcase their talents and nuances of  various dances native to their states under the guidance of their Gurus; the participants aged between 5 and 50 years. To the spell-binding audience it was  a great treat to see on the same platform both  young  dancers  and stalwarts performing a  variety of dance forms. The highlight of the festival was  Dasavatharam, a dance drama by students of the Nrithya Sangeetha Academy in the U.K., featuring  20 dancers. The team depicted the ten  avatars of Sri Vishnu with an invocatory Thodaya Mangalam  culminating with the Parkadal Alai Mele. Ms. Rajalokanathan, was the Guru and founder of the Nrithya Sangeetha Academy, UK.


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