Alappuzha sightseeing is not all about tourist locations but divine sites as well. Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple is one of the blessed shrines renowned internationally. The temple located 32km away from Alappuzha is dedicated to Nagaraja, the serpent God. The head of the temple is a priestess who belongs to the Brahmin family. Devotees also seek blessings from Sarpa Yakshi and Naga Yakshi, who serve the Nagaraja. The belief is that the Nagaraja is blessed with the presence of Lord Vishnu and Shiva. Adherent followers visit the temple to seek blessings to overcome infertility and other health diseases including leprosy. According to mythology, the first-ever priestess of the shrine delivered five-headed-snake. It is believed that since then the ancestral house is blessed and is looked after by this snake.
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