Sree Mukundakrishna swamy temple, Mala
The temple has the Sila Vigraha of Mukundakrishna swamy (Charturbahu) and a Utsav vigraha made of Pachaloha. The Arattu festival is for 3 days ending on the Rohini nakshatra in Falguna month.The population of GSBs in Mala is limited. The temple faces the east, and the entry is from the back gate, which is approachable by a narrow road.
The temple was established in 1900 and the 80th anniversary of the pratishta took place in 1980. The temple is managed by the Shree Prasadapureswara Devaswom, Mala, Trichur 680732
Temple in Pictures
Main view of the temple (Dec 2008)
Temple view - An old pic
Sign board at entrance of the approach road
The Garuda Vahana shed
South side view of temple
North side view from back side (The hall seen on the left)
Back (West) side view (The Srikovil seen rise above the outer building and the Al-Maram at the background)
The western gate from the approach road
Mala is a small town about 30 km north of Ernakulam near Kodungallur and about 35 km south of Trichur. Mala is one of the Assembly contituencies of Trichur district. This town shot into fame due to Mr. K. Karunakaran, former Chief Minister of Kerala who represented it continuously for more than 30 years. Another well known personality from Mala is the famous Malayalam film actor and comedian Mr. Mala Aravindan.
In the early times, Mala was a colony of Jews and Jewish Synagogue in Mala is more than 420 years old. There is currently no Jewish community left in Mala and the synagogue and cemetery was handed over to the Mala Panchayat on April 1, 1955.
Ambalakad convent, one of the largest monastries in the district is situated near Mala close to the monastry are seen the remains of the one famous seminary of Chemballor (St.Paul's William) founded by Jesuit priests in the 16th century. One of the first printing press in the country was established in this seminary and the first Malayalam book was printed here by about 1957. The Pambummekkattu mana which houses a large serpent grove, is situated a mile away from Mala.