Very few temples are seen in Kerala where Vamanamoorthy is worshipped as the presiding deity. Vamana is the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the form of a dwarf Brahmin boy. In Kerala, Vamanamoorthy is closely associated with the legend of Onam festival.
What is the legend behind Onam ?
Mahabali was considered to be benevolent king and Kerala witnessed one of the golden era under his rule. Mahabali was the grandson of great Prahlad as per the Puranas. Gods were threatened by the growing popularity of this Asura King and Lord Vishnu came for the help of Gods.
Mahabali was very generous and charitable. Whenever anybody approached him for help or requested for anything he always granted. To test the King, Lord Vishnu disguised himself as a poor Brahmin called Vamanan and requested for a piece of land covered by his three steps. Generous king granted his wish. Then Vamana expanded to enormous figure, with his first step covered the earth, with second step covered sky and for the third step there was no place. Mahabali folded his hands and bowed his head, asked the lord to put his third step on his head. Vishnu pushed him to Pathala or nether world and granted Mahabali to visit his kingdom once in a year on Thiruonam day.
Let us find the Vamana temples in Kerala
Thrikkakarappan or Vamanmoorthy is the presiding deity of this temple. The temple festival of Thrikkakara heralds the Onam celebrations in Kerala. The place believed to have the Lord Vishnu placed his foot. It is situated in Thrikkakara, 2 kilometers east of Edapally near Kochi.
Mithranandapuram Vamana Temple
This 1500 year old temple is situated at Peruvanam Gramam on Thrissur-Thriprayar route. The temple is open from 5.30 am to 10.30 am and 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm on all days
Thiruvamanapuram Vamana Temple
The temple is at Vamanapuram in Thiruvananthapuram district. The 8 day long temple festival held here concludes with arattu.
Chelamattam Vamana Narasimha Sreekrishna Temple
The temple is situated near Perumbavoor on the banks of the Periyar river in Ernakulam district. The main three deities are Lord Krishna, Vamana and Narashimha.
Kalattu Vamana Moorthy Temple
This temple is at Niramruthoor near Tanur in Malappuram district as Vamana as the presiding deity.
Thelakkad Vamana Moorthy Temple
Temple is located at beautiful village, Thelakkad in Malappuram district. The owners of the temple are Paruthi, Kulapram, Thevarkad and Kunnam.
Mevelloor Vamana Moorthy Temple
The temple is located near Thalayolaparambu in Kottayam district. The peculiarity of the temple is that elephants are not allowed to enter the temple compound.