Thirunavaya – Archaeological Destination
Thirunavaya located on the banks of Bharathapuzha, also known as Nila, is known as South’s Kashi too.
Thirunavaya in Malappuram district is lately famed as Archaeological Tourism Destination to which Special Interest Tourism (SIT), a wing of Tourism Department, conducts visits round the year.
Thirunavaya located on the banks of Bharathapuzha, also known as Nila, is known as South’s Kashi too. The Amavasi day of Karkidakam (full-moon day of July-August) is an epoch day in Thiruvanaya where thousands assemble to render Pithru Tharpanam (an appeasing ritual to departed souls).
The destination is under the control and protection of Archeological Survey of India (ASI) as it has immense historical and archaeological wealth.
The famed 6000 years of standing Nava Mukunda temple is nearby in the right bank of Nila. Its sanctum sanctorum is adored by invaluable sculptures.
The remains of Mamankam (a contest for selection of new king) can be seen here. There are legends that Parasurama invited Brahmin scholars to settle down here.
Valiyaparapoor lake in Thirunavaya has a spectacular sight where lotus is cultivated in over 10 acres which is the largest lotus cultivation single spot in the State.