About the Temple
The full name of Kalpathy Temple is Kalpathy Vishwanatha Swami Temple. It is the oldest Shiva temple in Malabar, situated 3 kilometers from Palakkad in the South Indian state of Kerala. Kalpathy temple is totally dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva. It was constructed by the then ruler of Palakkad, Kombi Achan around 1425 A.D. Inside the main sanctum of the Kalpathy temple there are the main deities of Lord Vishwanath (Lord Shiva) and his consort Vishalakshi (Goddess Parvati).
According to a legend, once a Brahmin widow of name Lakshmiammal went to Banaras, from where she brought a Lingam and installed that at the bank of river Neela Bhagirathi, in the present site. Now the steps of this temple leads to the river, that exactly resembles to the Banaras Temple on the bank of holy Ganga river. This is why the Kalpathy temple is also known as ''Kasiyil Pakuthy Kalpathy'' or ''Half Banaras''
Events of the Temple
Chariot Festival is the most famous as well as remarkable event of the Kalpathy temple. It is an annual festival, which is celebrated for seven days, during the month of November. It is believed that this custom festival has been celebrated here for the last 700 years. On first four days several cultural programs and Vedic recitals are held. On the last three days of the festival thousands of devotees draw the beautifully decorated temple chariot through the streets. Amazingly decorated three sacred chariots, with magnificent flowers and flags are the center of attraction of the fest, which signify the presence of the God. During the whole festival the heaven sounds of Vedic chants create a devotional atmosphere.
Some Important Information
Nearest Railway Station
Palakkad Railway Station- 3kms
Coimbatore and Cochin International Airport.
Via Palakkad-Ponnani road, or from Coimbatore, one can easily reach Palakkad by bus and also Palakkad is well connected to all the major cities of Kerala and neighboring state of Tamil Nadu.
Best Time to Visit
Between September to February.
So come to this fascinating temple, which enhances the glimpse of rich cultural heritage of around thousands year old.