Mannarasala

Mannarasala is located about three kilometers to the north-east of the bus station in N.H.47 at Haripad, in Alappuzha district of Kerala. Mannarasala Snake Temple is a very ancient and internationally-known centre of pilgrimage for the devotees of serpent gods. One of the rarest temples in the world where serpent deities are worshipped, particularly by woman priests. A fine example of eco-friendly existence.

The Mannarasala temple is located about three kilometers to the south-east of the bus station in N.H.47 at Haripad, in Alleppey district of Kerala. Haripad, a culturally renowned ancient town with prominent role in the history of Central Travancore, is rich with its exquisite green paddy fields, towering coconut palms and serene atmosphere of the adjacent hamlets. Now Haripad is a well-developed town with enough civic infrastructures like shopping complexes, hotels & lodges, educational institutions and hospitals. Sree Nagaraja Temple is one of the most important and ancient centers of snake worship in Kerala, located at Mannarasala about 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Alleppey near Haripad on NH 47 on the Alleppey-Kollam route.

Interestingly and probably one of the rarest in the world - the temple has women priests to worship the serpent deities and conduct the rituals. Its thatched hut structure is typical of Kerala, and is also a fine example of an eco-friendly existence. The temple is about 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) to the south-east of the bus station in NH 47 at Haripad. Haripad is an ancient town with a rich cultural lineage, and has played a prominent role in the history of Central Travancore. Its a beautifully green area with verdant paddy fields, swaying coconut groves and sleepy hamlets on its outskirts. Today Haripad is a well-developed town,without having compromised on its green spaces.

 
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