Sree Ramaswamy Temple in Thalassery is popularly known as Thiruvangad Temple. The temple is dedicated to Sree Rama and is located at Thiruvangad, 2.1 km from Thalassery railway station. Devotees refer to the deity as Perumal.
When we visited the temple, it was raining rather heavily. I have shot the photos using my mobile phone.
The sreekovil has two tiers (dwi-thala) and the roof is clad with copper sheets. The Sreekovil and adjoining areas are fine examples of Kerala temple architecture. The temple structure is full of traditional wood works and murals.
The temple idol is believed to have been consecrated and installed by Lord Parashuraman who is one of the incarnations of Vishnu. Another version is that the temple was built by Swetha Muni, the disciple of Agasthya Muni.
The outer walls of the temple are decorated with beautiful murals. The paintings depict scenes from Ramayana.
Vadakkedam and Kizhakkedam are the two Shiva temples in the temple premises. Vadakkedam temple faces east and Kizhakkedam faces west. Vadakkedam was the original temple. The intense gaze (drishti) of Shiva led to severe drought in eastern rice fields of Kodiyeri and Vayalalam. Therefore, considering astrological advice, a second temple was built directly opposite at Kizhakkedam to remedy the combative drishti of Vadakkedath Shiva.
The principal deity at Thiruvangad Temple is made of Krishna Shila (black granite) and is about 3 feet tall. Sub deities are Hanuman, Porkali Devi, Ganapathy, Subrahmanya, Dakshinamurthy, Guruvayoorappan, Maha Vishnu, Vana Shastha and Thevaara Moorthi.
The temple is open daily from 5 am to 12 noon and from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm. The principal offerings or vazhipadu include Kalabham Charthal, Niramala and Valiya Vattala Payasam.
Vishu Mahotsavam, the main annual festival, starts on the day of Meta Samkramam (last day of the Malayalam month of Meenam) with a ceremonial flag-hoisting. The festival lasts eight days.
We visited the temple during Onam festival. There was a big pookkalam laid out in the temple premises. It can be seen in my photo shown above.