Name of the Temple
Sri Kuralappa Perumal Temple
Period of origin
Before 2000 Years
Name of deity
Moolavar: Parthasarathy (Tirukkuralappan)
Pushkarani: Vedavyasa Saras, Pampa
Vimanam: Vaamana Vimanam
Located about 10kms East of Chengannur Divya Desam on the Southern banks of the Pamba river is the Thirukuralappan Divya Desam in Aranmula. This Divya Desam is referred to as Thiru Vaaran Vilai and symbolises Arjuna’s thanks giving gesture to his sarathy (charioteer) Krishna who guided him through the Mahabaratha war.
Legend has it that the Pandava princes, after crowning Parikshit left on a pilgrimage of India, and in Kerala, each of these brothers installed Vishnu on the banks of the Pampa and nearby places and offered worship. (Chengannur – Yuddhishtra, Tiruppuliyur – Bheema, Aranmula – Arjuna, Tiruvamundur – Nakula and Tirukkadittaanam – Sahadeva). It is said that Arjuna built this temple at Nilackal near Sabarimalai. and the image was brought here in a raft made of six pieces of bamboo to this site, and hence the name Aranmula (six pieces of bamboo).
During the 18 day Kurukshetra Bharata battle, the wheel of Karna’s chariot was stuck in the ground. While Karna was engaged to lift the wheel leaving his weapons in the chariot, Arjuna took the opportunity and killed him. Though Arjuna acted successfully, the guilt of killing one when unarmed troubled his mind and he could not excuse himself. What more troubled him was the thought that he, noted for his law abiding nature should not have committed a disgraceful sin. He came here at the end of the Mahabaratha war to undertake penance repenting for the killings of his relatives, especially his brother Karna, It is here he hid his weapons in the Vanni tree, according to scriptures. Arjuna thus got himself cleansed of his sins with the grace of Lord Perumal.
The specialty of this sthalam is the precious ornaments of Sabharimalai Ayyappan is protected only in this sthalam. During Makara Jothi, it is taken from here and dedicated to Ayyappan
The Onam festival is celebrated in a grand way in this temple. Another festival celebrated here is the “Khandavanadahanam” celebrated in the malayalam month of Dhanus. For this festival, a replica of a forest is created in front of the temple with dried plants, leaves and twigs. This bonfire is lit, symbolic of the Khandavana forest fire of the Mahabharata. The malayala month of Meenam witnesses a festival where Aranmula Parthasarathy is taken in a grand procession on the garuda mount to the Pampa river bank, where an image of the Bhagawati from the nearby Punnamthode temple is brought in procession for the arattu festival.
Boat Race (Vallam Kali) is another major attraction in the Pampa river of Aranmula. Every year during Onam festival participants come from all parts of Kerala to participate in the Race. Snake shaped boats (about 100 ft length with 100 rowers 25 singers), well decorated and ready for racing are present here during Onam days.
Aranmula is also famous for its metal mirrors made of a kind of bell metal, popularly known as “Aranmula Kannadi”. Invented during 18th Century, these unique mirrors are not found anywhere else in the world. Made by a mysterious blend of bronze waxed into crystal clear mirrors is a producer of a few families in Aranmula where the production details are held secret and passed down only to their family generations. Metal mirrors are not made with any form of glass but using bell metal alloy.
10kms East of Chengannur. There are state transport buses to this Divya Desam from the Chengannur bus stand, opposite the railway station. One can reach the temple in about 30minutes by bus.
5am-11am and 5pm-8pm
Temple Telephone Number:
0468 – 2212170
Address : Arulmigu Thirukkuralappan Thirukkoil,
Thiruvaranvilai (Aramula) – 689533,
Pathanam Thitta District.