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          Muthappan Swamy temple (Virar, Mumbai) visit on a lazy Sunday afternoon

The Muthappan Swamy temple in Virar, Mumbai, is practically the only one of its kind this side of the country. The temple is a new addition to the city's increasingly diverse places of worship, and is done in very authentic Kerala style. The God Muthappan is very popular in the North Malabar region, Kannur district, of Kerala.
 

Visiting this temple is a good half day outing from Mumbai, especially if you are looking for a decent drive.

Location:

The temple can be very easily reached from the Western Express Highway. Cross the Dahisar Check Naka and follow the directions to Ahmedabad, and after about 20 kms of drive, you should see the left turn pointing towards Virar.
When you take the left road to Virar, keep your eye on the left side of the road. The temple itself is not more than a couple of feet off that road, so you can't really miss it. By the way, if you miss this, you would go further on the road to a Y-section pointing to Virar east and Virar west - and then you would know that you have missed the temple!


Theyyam and its importance:

Theyyam - The term Theyyam refers to the traditional dance performed in the Muthappan temples regularly. The term sometimes is also used to the traditionally fancily dressed individuals, who perform the Theyyam dance, and who are considered as an incarnation of the Lord while they are in that dress. People will often confide in them their concerns and worries, and while in that state, what they speak is believed to come true. Devotees seek blessings form the Theyyam.


This particular temple in Virar, Mumbai, has been done in complete traditional Kerala style construction, with beautiful wood carvings on the main entrance door, life size and near-perfect statues of the various divine figures, and with a small well in the courtyard of the temple.

 

 

You will find many dogs in and around this temple - dogs serve as the vehicle of choice for Lord Muthappan, and also as His guards.

You can find some pictures of the temple here.

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