Mannarasala Ayilyam

Type :Traditional
Months : October / November
Location : Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja temple, Alappuzha, Kerala

A temple in a forest glade with over 30,000 images of snakes along the paths and among the trees! This is the unique Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja temple in Alappuzha District. The temple, dedicated to serpent gods is also unique in that a Brahmin woman is the priestess of this temple. The major festival here is the Ayilyam festival that falls on the Ayilyam asterism in the Malayalam month of Thulam, which roughly corresponds to the months of October / November.

One of the major highlights of the festival is the procession in which all the serpent idols in the temple and the sacred grove are taken to the illam (the Brahmin ancestral home) that manages the temple. The priestess will carry the idol of Nagaraja, which is the presiding deity of the temple. Special prayers and offerings are performed at the illam.

How to Get Alleppey

By Air

Nearest airport Cochin International Airport, about 85 km from Alappuzha town

By Train

Alappuzha nearest railway station, about 5 km from the beach

By Road

It is connected by all the major cities of Kerala distances are given below-

  • Kottayam-50 Kms
  • Cochin-64 kms
  • Guruvayoor-173 kms
  • Munnar-192 kms