About Urakam Desham and life around : Global Organisation for Pravasis Urakam (GOPUR)

Published On: Sunday, April 15, 2012

About Urakam Desham and life around

Urakam Desham, is a small village.

This place is situated in Trissur (Trichur), Kerala, India, its geographical coordinates are 10° 26' 0" North, 76° 13' 0" East and its original name (with diacritics) is Urakam.

Urakam and Oorakam are the two spellings used interchangeably for this place. Urakam is surrounded by several small villages. There are several devi temples in these small villages associated with. They all have historic significance.

The place is also surrounded by many natural pools and ponds which are full throughout the year.The famous temple OORAKATHAMMATHIRUVADI TEMPLE is here.The Ancient Peruvanam temple also is just 1 km away from this place.The first among the 108 Durgalayams of Kerala, Urakam Ammathiruvadi Temple is considered as a Mahakshetra having daily 5 Poojas and 3 Sivelis (sreebalis). There are 4 temples on all the four sides of Ammathiruadi temple where Vishnu and Siva are the main deities. Urakathammathiruvadi is considered as Goddess Lakshmi.

Arattupuzha is one such village nearby to Oorakam and is very famous for the Arattupuzha Pooram, which is the one and only “Devamela” on the earth usually celebrated in March/April.

Arattuppuzha temple is about 3000 year old and this festival is the oldest and most extravagant of all the poorams celebrated in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa called as Sasthavu. It is believed that on this day hundred and one gods and goddesses of the neighbouring villages visited lord Ayyappa, the deity of the Arattupuzha Temple.

On the fifth day of the festival, a procession is held in which drummers, and 108 caparisoned elephants accompany the beautiful elephant carrying idols (‘thidambu’) of 23 deities, including Thripayar Thevar, Oorakathamma Thiruvadi, Cherppil Bhagavathy, Chathakudam Sastha, Anthikad Bhagavathy, Thottipal Bhagavathy, Pisharikkal Bhagavathy, Edakkunni Bhagavathy, Ayyunnil Bhagavathy,Thaikkattussery Bhagavathy, Kaduppassery Bhagavathy, Choorakkottu Bhagavathy, Poonilarkkavil Bhagavathy, Kattupisharikkal Bhagavathy, Chakkamkulangara Sastha, Kodannur Sastha, Nankulam Sastha, Sreemattil Sastha, Nettissery Sastha, Kalloli Sastha, Chittichathakkudam Sastha and Medamkulam Sastha.

The gathering is lead by Thriprayar Thevar (Sri Rama) and all the other devas and devis are assembling there at Arattupuzha to offer pranams to him during the early morning hours of this festival day. It is a feast for eyes to watch the impressive line up of several gods at one place, accompanied by beautiful elephants and eminent melam artists and hug crowd in front on the ground set right after harvesting the paddy season just finished.

Between Arattupuzha and Kadalassery, another small village, is Neruvissery, which is yet another small village consisting of about 40 houses. There is a Krishna Temple, called "Nerukkavu Thevar" and "Nerukkavu Bhagavati". Most of these temples are governed by Devaswam Board. There is another small temple of "Swamy Ayyappa" too in this village. There is an ancient Shiva Temple, the deity known as "Kandeswarath Appan" less than 1 km west.

Oorakam and nearby villages have had many famous people associated with the ancient history of Kerala. Vaidikan Kaplingadu is a famous brahmin priest, whose Illam (residence) is located in this Village. Similarly Late N.V. Krishna Warrier's birth place and his variam called "Nerukkav Variyam" is also this village. It is believed that the Kaplingadu Mana (not existing now) was built on the order of Shakthan Thampuran. Music director Vidhyadharan Master, Director Priyanandanan, Artist Komu, are some amongst them. There are many silent and unsung heroes from Urakam and nearby villages who have marked their presence in the scientific and medical field.

Vallachira is another small village closer to Oorakam. Mahanavami festival of the Urakam Bhagavathi Temple, which is being celebrated in October every year; and the Bharani Festival of the Vallachira Bhagavathi Temple are the important festivals though there are other small festivals.

Most of the people of these villages were agriculturists and now a number of people are engaged in various jobs. Vallachira is famous for it’s craftsman who make gold jewelleries. A number of new generation are engaged in gold Jewellery making which changed the overall development of the people. The villages adjacent to each other also have several imitation gold jewellery units which is doing very well these days.

Cherpu is another village which is adjacent to Oorakam. Elephants made here on various types of wood are very famous world-wide. Furniture industry is also another source business interest to the locals.

The temple Thiruvullakkavu Sree Dharmasastha Kshethram is situated nearer to Oorakam and cherpu, is very famous for it’s Ezhuthinurthu festival during Mahanavami and Vidhyarambham days.

Oorakam, Cherpu and other adjacent villages are very famous from the olden days for the number of eminent percussionists, especially in the field of Chenda Melam. Peruvanam Kuttam, Peruvanam Satheeshan, Oorakam Appu, Kombathu Kuttan panicker, Kelath Aravindakshan, Pazhuvil Raghunath, Peruvanam Satheesan, Peruvanam Sivan and Peruvanam Prakasan are some among them.

Driving Direction to Urakam

Distance to airport and railway stations:

Cochin Intl Airport (distanced approximately 37 km)
Calicut Airport (distanced approximately 83 km)
Coimbatore Airport (distanced approximately 110 km)

Post Office Urakam

680562 , Urakam 
Post OfficeName: Urakam 
District Name: Thrissur 
State Name: Kerala 
Near By Taluks: Cherpu , Thrissur , Ollukkara , Irinjalakkuda , 

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