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Thrikkakara Municipality
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Thrikkakkara temple
Coordinates: 10°02′06″N76°19′44″E / 10.035°N 76.329°E / 10.035; 76.329 Coordinates: 10°02′06″N76°19′44″E / 10.035°N 76.329°E / 10.035; 76.329
CountryFlag of India.svg  India
State Kerala
District Ernakulam
  TypeLocal self government
  Total28.01 km2 (10.81 sq mi)
  Density2,800/km2 (7,100/sq mi)
  Official Malayalam, English
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registration KL-07
Nearest cityErnakulam
Kakkanad in Thrikkakara Municipality is one of the fast growing area in Kerala. Cityscape view from Kakkanad.jpg
Kakkanad in Thrikkakara Municipality is one of the fast growing area in Kerala.

Thrikkakkara is a region in the city of Kochi, as well as a municipality in Ernakulam District in the Indian state of Kerala, India. [1] The municipality comprises 43 wards, including Marottichuvadu. [2] It is especially notable for its significance in the festival of Onam, and in the tale associated with it linked to the famous Thrikkakara temple. Thrikkakara is home to the Cochin University of Science and Technology. The state owned Model Engineering College is also situated here. It is also home to many well known schools like Bhavans Varuna Vidyalaya, Cardinal Higher Secondary School, Cochin Public School and colleges like Bharat Mata College.


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Kakkanad skyline in 2011

Etymology and Onam festival

The name Thrikkakkara is an evolved pronunciation of the word Thiru Kaal Kara, meaning the place of the holy foot. This connects to the tale behind the festival of Onam, by which, this is the place on which Lord Vamana set his foot to push down Mahabali to the 'lower world' Pathalam (also referred to as Suthalam). There is a place named Pathalam about 7 km from this place in the same district.

Following from the legend of Onam, Thrikkakkara is home for the associated shrine, the Thrikkakara Temple, where the deity enshrined is Vamana. It is one of the very few Vamana temples in India. Thrikkakara temple is considered to be the center of Onam celebrations worldwide. [3] [4] The festival is largely attended by thousands of people from all religions. [3] [5] The Onam festival is celebrated here in a colourful manner as a festival spanning over ten days. Devotees contribute money for public feasts. A large number of mobile shops make it a trade fair. A notable fireworks show is held towards the end of the celebration. Thrukkakkara was in Travancore state, 61 naduvazhis jointly organise the Onam festival under the leadership of the Maharaja of Travancore. Ananthapadmanabhan, the title holder is Chempil Arayan Ananthapadmanabhan Valiya Arayan, participated the festival with the Maharaja of Travancore.

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Info Park, Kochi

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