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Pazhavangadi Ganapathi Temple in Trivandrum, Kerala

GanapathiPazhavangadi Maha Ganapathi Temple is one of the most famous Lord Ganesh temples in Kerala, situated at East Fort, Thiruvananthapuram. Located in the heart of Trivandrum city, the original idol of the Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple is a small idol of Lord Ganesh, with the right leg in the folded posture.

Other deities worshiped at Pazhavangadi Maha Ganapati Kovil are Lord Ayyappa, Goddess Durga, Nagaraja, and Brahmarakshas. Devotees can see beautiful paintings of the 32 forms of Lord Ganesh inside the temple complex.

Temple History

The original Ganesha idol installed in the temple was worshiped by a soldier of Travancore Army stationed at Padmanabhapuram. In 1795 A.D, when the capital of Travancore was changed to Thiruvananthapuram, the garrison was also shifted and the idol was installed at its present place at Pazhavangati.

Offerings to Lord Ganesh

The main vazhipadu (offering) of Pazhavangadi Maha Ganapati is the breaking of coconut for removing obstacles and fulfillment of any desire. Ganapathi Homam, Appam, and Modakam are other main offerings to Lord Ganesh.

Temple Festivals

Vinayaka Chaturthi (Ganesh Chaturthi), Ganesh Jayanthi, Varad Chaturti, and Sankashti Chaturti are the main festivals in Pazhavangadi Maha Ganapathy Temple. Special poojas (pujas) are performed for other Hindu festivals including Thiruvonam, Vijaya Dasami, Ayilyam, Sahasra Kalasam, Thirkkarththika, Thirvathira, Makara Vilakku, Maha Shivaratri, Vishu, Thriveda Laksharcchana, and Nira Puththari.

Temple Dress Code

To enter inside the main complex male devotees need to wear Mundu (Veshti or Dothi or Laacha). Any traditional dress code like Saree, Churidar, Salwar Kameez, or Pavadai Chattai is allowed for ladies.

How to Reach

Sree Pazhavangadi Mahaganapathy Temple is just 1.5 kms from Trivandrum Central Railway Station and Thiruvananthapuram Central Bus Station. The nearest City Bus Stand is East Fort (Kizhakkekottah). Trivandrum International Airport is about 8 km from the temple.

Temple Address

Sree Maha Ganapathy Temple,
East Fort
Kerala, India Pin- 695 023

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Anonymous Temple 19 Jan 8 2011, 9:19 PM EST by charu_01
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In this temple, all deities face east. No body can wear any dress. Om Gam Ganapathaye Namah!
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Anonymous Ganesha 5 Nov 29 2010, 7:07 PM EST by mallika_00
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It is the smallest Ganesha Idol, even smaller than that in Kottarakkara. Pazhavangadi Temple is a real Ganesha Temple and also known as Ganesha Temple. But Kottarakkara Temple is not of him, but of his father, Shiva. Shiva resides with his wife Parvati and eldest son Ganesha in the same sreekovil, but the three deities face in three directions: Shiva facing east to the front pond, Parvati in the back of Shiva facing west to Padinjattinkara and Ganesh facing south, the death side.

Also, Ayyappan, Murugan and Nagas are also found. In Pazhavangadi, Ayyappan, Durga, Nagas and Rakshas are found.

I am so sad to say that at Sulthan Batheri Ganesh Temple, Shiva, the highest god (Mahadeva) and father of the main deity, is seen as a sub-deitiy. We must remove it and built another temple for Shiva.
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Anonymous request for a solo veena kutcherry during next ganesha festival 3 Jul 25 2010, 11:05 PM EDT by Sarnath
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I am a Sangitavidwan both vocal & veena giving regular solo veena concerts and AIR Artist, Tirupathi ASTANA vIDWAN..I wish to perform a solo veena concert at the templeduring next ganesha festival. PL help me
my contact No 0491/2500485 Mob.9388987028, Awaiting ur reply. pl reply Padma rajamani
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