Prathishta / Presiding Deity : Poornathrayeesa
Upadevatha / Sub Deities : xx
The presiding deity is Lord Krishna. Deity is in the form of Santhana Gopalakrishna. It is believed that this temple is installed by Arjuna. The deity is seated on Adi Sesha A peculiarity of this temple is that the panchaloha idol does not appear to touch the ground.
Sree Poornathrayesa temple is situated in Tripunithura, Kochi, the capital of the former Kingdom of Cochin. This temple is the family temple of Cochin Royal Family The deity in this temple is Lord Vishnu who is in the form of Santhanagopala Murthy. It is well believed that childless couples will be blessed with children on praying Poornathrayesan.
Traditions say that Lord Vishnu offered the idol of Sree Poornathrayeesa to Arjuna (the third of the five Pandava brothers), when he sought the help of the Lord to give rebirth to the ten children of a Brahmin. The ten children and the sacred idol were taken by Arjuna in his chariot and he handed over the children to the Brahmin. In memory of this event, a temple was built with a sanctum-sanctorum in the form of a chariot. Lord Ganesh was sent by Arjuna to search a holy place for the installation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Ganesh, who was attracted by the holiness of the ancient Vedic Village, Poornavedapuram (now Tripunithura), tried to occupy the place for himself. However, Arjuna pushed him away to the southern side of the sanctum and installed his idol there. This is different from the usual custom, where Lord Ganesh has a separate shrine at the south-western side of the inner prakaram
The temple celebrates three festivals annually. Many festivals are celebrated here and the main festivals are Vrichikolsawam ( During Malayalam month Vrishigam), Para Utsavam (Malayalam month Kumbham) etc. The descendants of the royal dynasty can seen in the surroundings of the temple.
The main among them lasts for eight days. The festival highlights are Seeveli and a ritual called Koottiyezhunnallippu on the fourth day. Various cultural programs are also organized which include many dance forms like Kathakali, Chakyarkoothu and Ottanthullal.
The other festivals are Ombatham Utsavam on the ninth day of Thulam month (October) and the birthday of the deity on the day of Uthram in the month of Kumbham (February–March). Both festivals are highlighted by processions of decorated elephants.
Offering of gingelly oil to the lamp is considered special here.
Tripunithura Shri Ram Temple is nearby