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Tripunithura

Tripunithura is a small satellite town in the South East of Kochi or Cochin. In ancient days, the Royal Family of Cochin set up base here and administered from the city. The Atha Chamayam, a ritual started by the royal family still continues to be followed and national and international tourists.

The Athachamayam of Tripunithura was initiated by the king of Cochin as a royal pageant. There are many stories that describe the origin of the word Thripunithura. Some latter day Sanskrit enthusiasts ascribe the origin of the name to "Poorna Veda Puri" - the town of Vedas in its entirety. Another possible origin to name comes from the meaning "the land on the shores of Poorna river".

The Hill Palace Museum is located near Tripunithura and is a famous tourist attraction. The famous Tripunithura Temple or the Sree Poornathrayesa temple is a shrine in the city that attracts hundreds of devotees every year. The temple is dedicated to Sree Poornathrayeesa, Santhana Goopala Moorthy. Santhana means child or progeny.

Those who are desirous of begetting progeny and those deprived of the pleasures of parenthood visit the temple and pray. It is believed that a visit to this divine shrine blesses the childless couples with an offspring. Thamaramkulangara Sree Dharma Sastha temple near Tripunithura is very famous.

The deity here is Dharmasastha (the lord of righteousness), in his incarnation as Lord Dhanwanthari Moorthy (the healer deity). Other noted temples in the vicinity are the Pishari Kovil and the Aameda Temple. The city is home to one of the three Ayurveda colleges in the state of Kerala.

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