Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Kerala Culture

Varkala Arattu

Date:07-04-2020 to 07-04-2020

The ancient temple with Janardhana Swamy (Lord Vishnu) as the main deity celebrates the annual ten-day Arattu festival on Uthram asterism (Painkuni Uthram) in the Malayalam month of Meenam (March - April).  The elephant procession on the final day of the festival is the major highlight.  

Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple, located at Varkala, is the only temple in south India dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the name of Janardhana Swamy.  

The temple is also famous for Bali (Vavu Bali), a religious ritual in which the devotees pay homage to the departed souls of forefathers, which falls during the Malayalam month of Karkidakam (July - August). Besides the Malayalam month of Karkidakam, every New moon day (Amavasi), the temple witness bali tharpanam, as noon moon day is considered to be auspicious. 

Main Attraction

Bali Tharpanam Ritual

Other Information

Temple timings: 0400 - 1200 hrs & 1700 - 2000 hrs




Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple

Varkala, Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala 695141
Phone: +91 470 260 7575


Festival date
March- April (Uthram asterism in the Malayalam month of Meenam)

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