Kollam - Oachira Temple


Kollam - Oachira Temple is an interesting and exciting trip from the city of Kollam. Oachira Temple is situated at a distance of 34 kilometers from the center of Kollam city. Dedicated to universal consciousness, the temple is marked for the absence of any idol within the premises of the temple.

The concept of 'Parabrahmam' (Cosmic Consciousness) is considered to be the presiding deity of the temple. Prayers are offered by people from all castes and classes in the temple. The festivals in Oachira Temple are celebrated with of pomp and grandeur. The temple is visited by thousands of devotees in the month of June when the annual festival of Oachirakkali is held. The play or Kali is performed in the festival, where the battle between the two feudal kings, Kayamkulam and Ambalapuzha are enacted. Two groups participate in the artificial fight with swords in the right hand and shields on the left. The fight is presented on both the days of festivities. The players enacting the battle are dressed as warriors. The movements of the players represent their physical strength and skill.

The festival of Panthrandu Vilakku in Kollam - Oachira Temple is held in the months November and December. Along with the festival, a fair is conducted in the premises of the temple, which continues for twelve days. Thousands of pilgrims throng the region during the festive days. The region is also popular for the handicrafts exhibition, known as the Dekshina Kasi that is held in the premises of Oachira Temple.

Tourists can travel in hired vehicles like taxis and auto rickshaws from Kollam to Oachira Temple. Regular KSRTC buses are another means of transport that can be availed by the visitors of the Oachira Temple.

Last Updated on 9/15/2011