Mal: തിരുവല്ല tiruvalla

‘Sri Vallabha’  Town,  Kerala

From Sri Vallabha and Mal: tiru ‘eminent’, ’holy’, ‘auspicious’, ‘prosperous’;

Thiruvalla is named after its temple. This ancient temple is dedicated to Sree Vallabha, Lord Vishnu [Skt: vallabha ‘beloved’, ‘husband’ (of Lakshmi)] with a raised idol bearing a lotus, a chakra and a conch shell.

The temple has Kathakali dance performances on most nights as a ritual offering following evening puja.

Thiruvalla has an ageing population as the result of migration: over half of the population is over 60 and it is part of the Kerala NRI belt with 52 bank branches to handle dollar remittances.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Kerala place names.