History of Temple

Adi Sankara Nilayam is a hallowed place, the maternal home of the great saint, savant and philosopher Adi Sankara —the very abode where he was born. The centuries old Mana houses some precious temples from an era gone by, temples ostensibly worshipped at by Adi Sankara and his mother, Äryämba. We have on these premises the ancient shrines of Ayyappa,Räma, Krishna, Ganesha, Vettakkorumakan (the family deity of Melpäzhür Mana),and Goddesses Nägayaksi and Bhagavati. It is indeed amazing to note that all the deities chose the Mana premises to bless it with their divine presence. The pond adjacent to the temple compound adds immense beauty to the serene surroundings and artistic structures.

In the once remote village of Veliyanad, near Ernakulam in Kerala,India, is a Nambütiri Illom or Mana (home of a Kerala Brähmin) called ‘Melpäzhür Mana’. This sacred dwelling is the ancestral, maternal home and birthplace of the world renowned saint and revered Advaita Vedäntin, Ädi Sankara . Local tradition has it that Ädi Sankara’s vidyärambha and upanayana ceremonies were performed at Melpäzhür Mana. Today, this place of pilgrimage is named ‘Adi Sankara Nilayam’, and it is the home of the Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF), the Chinmaya Mission’s accredited institute for Sanskrit and Indology research.

Temple Timings
  • 5.30 to 9 am - morning 
  • 5.30 to 7 pm - evening
  • Aarthi at 6.30 pm 
Chinmaya Swayambhu Ayyappa Temple
Postal Address: Chinmaya Swayambhu Ayyappa Temple, Adi Sankara Marg, Veliyanad, Ernakulam District, Kerala, India – 682 313
Phone: +91-92077-11139
Email: chinmayaayyappa@chinfo.org
Directions to Reach Chinmaya Swayambhu Ayyappa Temple  
  • Adi Sankara Nilayam is 32 kms from both, Ernakulam South Junction Railway Station and Ernakulam North Town Railway Station.
  • Adi Sankara Nilayam is 53 kms from Kochi Airport.

Bus Routes

  • From Ernakulam, go to the Kaloor Private Bus Terminus. Take the Ernakulam–Piravom bus via Arakkunnam. Disembark at Peppathy Junction. Adi Sankara Nilayam is 1 km from here. You may also take the Ernakulam–Piravom bus via Tirumarayur and disembark at the ‘Adi Sankara Nilayam Stop’.
  • If you are coming from the Kottayam side reach Piravom via Ettumanoor–Kaduthuruthy–Peruva. From Piravom reach Peppathy Junction and then Adi Sankara Nilayam.