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Sri Kaatkarai Appa Perumal Temple



Sri Kaatkarai Appa Perumal Temple is one of the Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu Believed to have been visited by the 1 poet saints or Alwars.

This Temple is located at Thirukkaatkarai, Kerala.Sri Kaatkarai Appa Perumal Temple is vast an inspiring edifice.The main Deity of Sri Kaatkarai Appa Perumal Temple is Kaatkarai Appan and Perunselva Naayaki

This sthala Emperumaan, Kaatkarai Appan is worshipped by the people treating him as the Amsam of Vaamanar. They take a very big utsavam for this perumal during the Onam festival.

Kerala is famous for Bananas and especially for a particular typed by named "Nenthiram. This banana has a closer relationship with this sthala perumal. Once, a bhaktar (devotee) of the perumal, had a big land where the banana trees are planted.

But, it doesn't give him any yield and doesn't give him any bananas. The devotee at that felt, that it might be some wrong thing he might have done and as a result of this only, the trees are not giving him the proper yield.

So, he decided, the sight of the perumal fell on banana trees and from that time, it gave him lots of yield. Seen by the Kaatkarai appan's Nethira eyes, the yield was very high and because of this, the bananas are named as "Nethiram Pazham.

The Golden bananas which are dedicated towards Kaatkarai appan lost one day and the king on hearing this, blamed for the lost on a Yogi, who doesn't know anything about it. He punished the yogi and treated him badly. But, the golden bananas were found inside the Garbhagriham of Moolavar sannadhi.



Sri Kaatkarai Appa Perumal Temple is Located at Thirukkaatkarai, Kerala.Sri Kaatkarai Appa Perumal Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

The Presiding deity of this Temple is Kaatkarai Appan. Moolavar is in Nindra Kolam facing his thirumugham along the south direction. Prathyaksham for Kapila munivar.The Thaayar found in this sthalam is Perunselva Naayaki. Also called as "Vaathsalya valli'.
Sri Sri Kaatkarai Appa Perumal Temple vimanam is Pushkala Vimanam,The Theertham provided by this Temple is Kapila Theertham.

Kaatkarai Appan gave his prathyaksham for Kapila munivar. Kapila munivar was born as as the son for Karthama Prasapathi and Devabhoothi and he is said to be the amsam of Vishnu.

He explained the Gnana thathuvam for his mother itself. He was given space to do his daily Tapas by the Sea Lord known as Samuthira rajan.

The celebration of the Onam festival is the main religious event in the temple. The festival is celebrated over a period of ten days in the Malayalam month of Chingam. The temple is considered to be the centre of Onam celebrations over the world, as Thrikkakara is considered to have been the abode of the King Mahabali.

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.

Don't s:

  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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