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Indic Renaissance In Kerala – 1500-Year-Old Temple Reclaims Its Glory

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In the bustling heart of Kozhikode, Kerala Indic renaissance unviels its beauty. The 1500-year-old Shri Thrikkaipatta Mahakshetram went through a remarkable resurrection to reclaim its former glory. This temple, steeped in history and culture, stands once more as a beacon of ancient architectural splendor and spiritual rejuvenation. Let’s talk!

Kerala – Rediscovery Traditions and Sacred Grounds

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The ambitious resurrection project of the Shri Thrikkaipatta Mahakshetram commenced on 18th January 2009. The project was not a simple restoration venture, it was a profound commitment to honoring ancient traditions and architectural principles of Sanatana Dharma. Eschewing modern concrete materials, the temple was meticulously recrafted using traditional materials. The team used red laterite bricks, lime, high-quality timber, and copper for the temple. The result is a breathtaking three-tiered structure.

The cherry on the cake is the largest Sreekovil in Kerala dedicated to Lord Subrahmanya which measures 51.12 meters in circumference with a towering height of 18 meters.

Archaeological Revelations and Marvels 

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Nestled atop Ponnamkodekunnu hill, the Shri Thrikkaipatta Mahashetram‘s location holds deep historical significance where centuries of worship of Sanatana deities were conducted. Unfortunately, the temple fell into obscurity until a group of passionate Dharma enthusiasts embarked on a journey of rediscovery.

Through excavations and meticulous research, they unearthed remnants of ancient temple structures estimated to be over 750 years old.

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This discovery supports oral histories that affirm the presence of a shrine destroyed or fallen into ruin in the 13th century. The rediscovery ignited interest and led to extensive research and analysis under the guidance of eminent historians and archaeologists, including Dr. MGS Narayanan and K K Muhammed. Their efforts revealed that the primary deity enshrined here was indeed Lord Subrahmanya.

Revival of Sanatana Heritage and Pride in Kerala

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The reconstruction of Shri Thrikkaipatta Mahakshetram represents more than a physical restoration—it signifies a spiritual and cultural revival. , the general secretary of the temple committee, says that the temple is pivotal to the spiritual and cultural heritage of Malabar.

He hopes that its resurrection will rekindle the deep-rooted ethos of Sanatana Dharma in the region.

Architect A K Prasanth lauds the temple’s design. The seamless integration of traditional architectural features and ancient methods of construction celebrates Kerala’s rich Sanatani craftsmanship. Intricate wood carvings and carved roofing adorn the new structure. The temple is preparing for the grand installation ceremony from 11th – 23rd of Maya 2024. Thereafter, the presiding deity – Lord Subrahmanya shall take his seat inside the temple premises to bless the land and its people.

The entire exercise from discovery to reconstruction serves as a poignant reminder of the illustrious Sanatani past of Kerala. The resurrection of Shri Thrikkaipatta Mahakshetram not only honors the architectural marvel of the past but also heralds a new era of Indic renaissance in the region. It represents Kerala’s pride in its Hindu roots and cultural heritage. And finally, it shows Sanatanis to stake a claim in the modern world by honoring their ancient traditions.

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