|Thottuva Dhanwanthari temple|
തോട്ടുവ ധന്വന്തരി ക്ഷേത്രം
Thottuva Dhanwanthari temple is a Hindu temple located in Thottuva, Kerala, India.
Thottuva is a village in Ernakulam District, Kerala, India. It lies on the banks of Periyar River near Kalady. The name Thottuva in Malayalam means "Mouth of the stream".
Kerala is a state on the southwestern Malabar Coast of India. It was formed on 1 November 1956, following passage of the States Reorganisation Act, by combining Malayalam-speaking regions. Spread over 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi), Kerala is the twenty-third largest Indian state by area. It is bordered by Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea to the west. With 33,387,677 inhabitants as per the 2011 Census, Kerala is the thirteenth-largest Indian state by population. It is divided into 14 districts with the capital being Thiruvananthapuram. Malayalam is the most widely spoken language and is also the official language of the state.
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Thottuva temple is situated on the Perumbavoor- Kodanad route one kilometer away from Thottuva junction in Koovapady panchayat at Ernakulam district. Devotees can also reach the temple via Kalady - Malayattoor route from the Thottuva junction boat jetty. The presiding deity is Dhanwanthiri and the idol is almost six feet tall and facing east. On the right hand the lord holds Amrith and with the left hand the lord holds Atta, Shanku and Chakra. Sub deities are Ayyappan, Ganapathy, Bhadrakali and Rakshasas. Fresh un-boiled milk is offered here, the important offering is butter. Festivals are conducted on Ekadashi during the Malayalam month of Vrischikam, and on the Pooyam star day during the month of Medam, which is the consecration day. The temple belongs to Koramboor Mana family. The temple is run by Sree Dhanwanthari Moorthi Seva Trust. On the southern side of the temple there is a small stream which flows towards the east. The practice is to have bath in this stream and then enter the temple for Darshan. It is believed that problems due to Vatha, Pitha and Kafa get cured if the devotees stay here and meditate. Doctors practicing Ayurveda also come to the temple for Bhajana (Pooja, meditation). 'Krishna Tulasi' is the favourite of Dhanwanthari. From 'Dhanu' 1st to 11th the Lord is decorated in the Dasavatara forms. There is a legend regarding this 'Dasavataram chartal'. A member of the Korampur Mana Namboothiri did not have any children. He prayed to Lord Dhanwanthiri that he would decorate the Lord in ten different forms if he gets a child. Within a year he was blessed with a child. From that time onwards this practice of decorating the Lord every year in ten different forms, from Dhanu 1st to 11th has been continuing. Many devotees have been performing this offering in the temple for begetting progeny.
Ernakulam refers to the central, mainland portion of the city of Kochi in central Kerala, India and has lent its name to the Ernakulam district. The Kerala High Court, the office of the Kochi Municipal Corporation and the Cochin Stock Exchange are situated here. The Ernakulam Junction is a major railway station of the Indian Railways. Initially, Ernakulam was the headquarters of the Ernakulam District but was later shifted to Kakkanad. Ernakulam was once the capital of the Kingdom of Cochin. It is located 220 kilometres (137 mi) north-west of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. The city has served as an incubator for many Malayali entrepreneurs and is a major financial and commercial hub of Kerala.
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The main deity is Adi Dhanwanthari, and this is the only temple in Kerala where it is so.[ citation needed ] It is declared that this temple is more than 1000 years ancient. The legend is that several years ago three Namboodiri families living in the hills of Malayatoor were closely related to this temple. These families has Shiva, Bhagawathy and Vishnu as their family deities. In those days Sankaracharya happened to visit these Namboodiri families. He was not offered food or alms. This made him unhappy and so there was a curse on these families. The family was ruined and so they left the place and traveled to a place called 'Kodanad'. When they felt hungry, they prepared food in three different pots. They used bamboo as firewood for cooking. Two of them lighted the bamboo turning upwards and one turned it downwards. The two Brahmins who had lighted the bamboo by keeping it upwards were able to cook the food very quickly and they continued their journey. All the places through which they travailed became their own. The other Brahmin was unable to cook the food soon because he had lighted the bamboo turning it downwards. Since he was late, he started his journey slowly therefore he did not get any property. Feeling very unhappy he reached the place where at present the temple is situated. Keeping his umbrella (Olakuda) on the ground he began preparing 'Nivedyam' for the evening Pooja. After having food, feeling mentally upset, he went to sleep and the Namboodiri heard the Divine voice of Lord Dhanwanthari telling him not to worry and that he will be able to manage with His Devotees. The place where the Namboodiri had kept his palm leaf umbrella came to be known as 'Kudappadom'.
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