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Ochira Temple

Also known as Dakshina Kashi, Ochira is a unique pilgrim centre, situated 34 km north of Kollam town on the way to Alappuzha. There are many versions about the origin of the name Ochira. One of them is that, 'Om' the representation of Parambrahmam, the god of all gods and the word 'Chira' (piece of land) combine together to form 'Om Chira' meaning the 'land of Parambrahmam'. During the course of time Om chira became Ochira.

Attracting thousands of devotees, Parabrahma temple in Ochira is uniquely different from other temples in Kerala. The peculiarity of the temple complex, spread across 36 acres of open land is that it does not contain a sanctum sanctorum nor is there an idol or deity for worship. This pilgrim center believes in the existence of universal consciousness or one supreme power known as Parabrahma. One can only find 'Aal thara's' (a peepal tree with a base foundation) where pujas are performed. There are no official pujaris.

The 50 feet high twin gopuram (tower) in front of the complex is carved with many ancient sculptures. These Gopurams, East Nada, West Nada, Theerthakkulam (sacred pond), Ondikkavu, Ayyappa Temple, Mahalakshmi Temple and Ganapathi temple are the points of worship at Ochira temple. Another interesting feature of the temple is connected with its offerings. Bulls are considered to be sacred in this temple and believed to be the vehicle of Parabrahmam. Hence offerings are made in the form of well decorated bulls named 'Ochirakkaala' (Sacred Bull). Devotees can also donate calves as an offering.

Ochira Kali (held in mid-June), Panthrandu Vilakku ('twelve lamps festival', held in November-December) and Irupathettam Onam are the famous festivals celebrated here. For the last 60 years, the temple administration manages a social organisation named 'Annadana Mandhiram' and this organisation serves daily free lunch for about 500 people

  Nearby Attractions
›› Craft Festival
›› Chamayavilakku
›› Kollam Pooram
›› Ochirakkali
›› Mahatma Gandhi Beach
›› Thangasseri Beach
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  By :  pradeep kumar smiley
  Dec 7, 2010 10:14:36 AM | kuthirapanthy Reply to this Comment/ Review
in vrishika masa, peoples of different stage come to the temple and staying in the hut and praying in front of the parabrahma and hears the prabhashana(lectureatte) conducted by the acharyas which will get a rejuvailation and motivating factors to do for for the kind people and to know about ourself, our life. so pl attend the prabhashana when ever get a chance, dont forget it will make you a perfect man and removes your worry.

  By :  SMINU smiley
  May 4, 2010 12:25:52 PM | KOTTAYAM Reply to this Comment/ Review
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