Trimurti Sangama at Nila River
Tirunnavaya Nava Mukunda Temple on the banks of the Nila river (also known as Bharathappuzha) is famous for the ancestral ritual offerings (bali tarpana). However, this place is also significant for the Trimurti Sangama with the temples of Brahma and Siva across the river.
The picture below shows a ferry to easily cross the river from the Navamukuda temple in Tirunnavaya to the Siva temple in Tavanur. Brahma temple is also near by in walkable distance from Siva temple.
Brahma Kshethram, Tavanur
Brahma temples are rare in India. As far as I know there is only one more Brahma temple in Kerala, in Mitranandapuram near to Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. This temple was under renovation when I went there. The administrators of this temple mentioned about an interesting story. The Brahma idol in this temple is resting on a lotus which is/was rooted to a huge statue of Vishnu in the Anantha Sayana pose beneath the river. Myth or not, that sounded quite interesting.
Navamukunda Kshethram, Tirunnavaya
This temple is also part of 108 Divya Desams revered by Alwars in Divya Prabandham. The place name Tirunnavaya gets it from Navamukunda temple. The name Navamukunda is supposedly because this deity is the 9th installation after the first 8 idols sank into earth. The ninth one apparenly sank till its knee and the idol of Navamukunda is portrayed only from above the knee. The idol is 6 ft tall in standing posture with Chathurbahu.
Siva Kshethram, Cheruthirunnavaya, Tavanur
This temple is clearly visible due to it’s red-white stripes on the wall from the Navamukunda Temple. From the small gate near the backside of the Navamukunda temple, directing to the Nila river, people often look at this temple and pray. I was always curious to visit this beautiful temple. As expected this temple was very beautiful, old, calm and peaceful. We can get here via the ferry service or through road, via Kuttipuram Bridge. However, the road way will take quite longer due to the round trip.
This temple is part of the 108 Sivalayas worshipped by Lord Parasurama.