Thirunavai – NavaiMukundha Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri NavaiMukundhan Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 Years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Navai Mukundan

Thayar: Malar Mangai Naachiyar

Pushkarani: Sengamala saras

Vimanam: Veda Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumangai Azhvaar and NamAzhvaar

Sthalapuranam:

This is the place were Nava yogis (Sathuvanathar, Saaloga nathar, Aadhinathar, Arulithanathar, Madhanga Nathar, Macchendira Nathar, Kadayanthira Nathar, Korakkanathar and Kukkudanathar) worshipped Vishnu. Vishnu gave darsan for Nava yogi. Hence this place is called Thirunavayogi and later changed in to Thirunaavaya. In due course, 8 yogis attained moksha and the vigrahams worshipped by them also disappeared and as a result of this, the ninth yogi got dejected and stopped offering worship to Vishnu. When questioned by Perumal, he said that he was missing his companions and Perumal with his maya showed the 8 yogis. The 8 yogis agreed to stay there but said that they would be invisible to human eyes and the 9th yogi could feel their presence. In due course, the 9th yogi requested Perumal to make him also invisible. But Perumal insisted that the vigraham worshipped by the 9 th yogi must be kept there itself and Perumal blessed the 9 yogis saying that they could offer worship to Him at that place forever. Hence, what we see now is the vigraham worshipped by the 9th yogi.

This temple of Lakshmi Narayana which is situated on the banks of Bharatha Puzha (Also called Neela Nadhi) is one of the most ancient temples of Kerala replete with history and several stories about it, This temple is situated 8 km away from Tirur town on the way from Shoranur to Kozhikode. On the opposite shore of the temple of Vishnu, there are temples of Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma. There is also a celebrated school of Vedas to the Namboodiris adjacent to the Brahma temple , which it is believed was consecrated by Lord Parasurama. So the devotes consider this place as equivalent to Varanasi (Benares) , The river near the temple also is considered extremely important to do Pithru Karmas(Worship of manes) especially in the months of Thulam(October-november) and Karkidagam( July-august) It is not clear whether the idol of the temple is made of metal or stone even to those who touch and worship it.

Both Goddess Lakshmi and Gajendran wanted to adorn Lord Narayana with Lotus flowers. However, Gajendran could not locate the flowers and undertook prayers here to Narayana, who asked Goddess to stop plucking the Lotus flowers, thus providing an opportunity to Gajendran to adorn the lord with flowers. Goddess Lakshmi is said to have asked the Lord to provide her with an equal status at this temple. Hence, there is a separate sannidhi for the Goddess here, the only Divya Desam in Kerala.

It seems there is a bottomless pit behind the present idol and once upon a time a priest wanted to measure its depth. He tied his ring to a very, very long thread and slowly introduced it inside the pit. But in spite of keeping on adding fresh threads, the ring seemed not to touch the bottom. Hurriedly he withdrew the thread and was surprised to find that the ring was missing. The Great yogis and Thanthris do not stand on their foot in this temple but kneel down before the deity in the belief that underneath the entire floor several God’s idol (which was lost) lay buried.

Another story is about the connection of sage Markandeya to this temple. It seems when Markandeya attained the age of 16, Yama, the God of death started chasing him. Markandeya ran inside the Nava Mukunda temple. It seems then the God gave him one handful of mud and instructed him to rush through the west door to the Shiva temple at Thirprangode, make a shiva linga out of the mud given to him and worship it. As soon as Markandeya crossed the west entrance, Lord Vishnu closed it by putting a big stone there.(Even to this day, that door is blocked). Markandeya did as instructed and was saved by Lord Shiva, who killed, Yama, the God of death.

Route:

Thiru Navaya is about 30kms West of Thiru Vithuvakodu Divya Desam(near Pattambi) and is about 140kms South West of Coimbatore.

Temple Timings:

5am-11am (till 1130am on Sundays) and 5pm-8pm

Temple Telephone Number:

0494 2603747

Temple Address:

Arulmigu NavaiMukundhan

Thirukkoil,

Thirunavai – 676301,

Malappuram District.

Kerala State.

Tirumoozhikalam – Lakshmana Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Lakshmana Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 Years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Thiru Moozhikalathan

Thayar: Mathuraveni Thaayaar

Pushkarani: Sanga Pushkarani

Vimanam: Sowndraya  Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: ThirumangaiAzhvaar and NamAzhvaar

Sthalapuranam:

The mythology behind the name of this place goes like this. Hareetha Maharshi did penance and meditation on the banks of river Poorna (Periyar). Lord Mahavishnu got impressed by the dedication of the Maharshi and appeared before him on the beginning of the Kali yuga. Lord Vishnu gave some advices to Hareetha Maharshi to overcome the difficulties in Kali yuga. These advices are called “thiru mozhi” meaning sacred words. And there after this place got its name as “thirumozhi kalam” – kalam means place. Later Thirumozhikkalam became Thirumoozhikkulam.

Baratha, who came in search of Raama, was suspected by Lakshmana to have come to battle with Raama. Lakshmana is said to have prepared himself to taking on Baratha only to be cooled down by Raama. Having wrongly suspected his brother Baratha, Lakshmana is believed to have come here to repent for his wrong doing.  Baratha is also believed to have come here and met with Lakshmana. Much later and in course of time, it became a tradition here to worship Lakshmana as the Moolavar deity.

Vakkay Kaimal, had a dream one night in which some mysterious person appeared before him and told him that four idols have been washed ashore and that these idols are to be consecrated at such and such places. The Kaimal being an ardent devotee hastened to the sea shore there lay four idols as indicated in the dream. They were duly installed in four temples as directed in the dream. Rama at Thriprayar. Bharata at Irinjalakuda, Lakshmana at Moozhikkulam and Shathrughna at Payammal. It is believed that worship at all these four temples on the same day is especially meritorious.

Route:

This Temple is about 32kms from Ernakulam Junction.Will take about 1 hour by car/auto.
There are buses from Alwaye(Aluva) to this temple.

Temple Timings:

5am-11am, 5pm-8pm

Temple Telephone Number:

0484 – 247 3996

Temple Address:

Sri Lakshmana Perumal Temple,
Tirumoozhikalam,
Ernakulam district,
Kerala.

Thiruppuliyur – Mayapriya Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Mayapriyan Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 Years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Maya Piran

Thayar: Por Kodi Nachiyar

Pushkarani:  Pragnya saras, Poonsunai Pushkarani

Vimanam: Purusothama Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: NamAzhvaa

Sthalapuranam:

Virukshadharbi, who was the son of Sibhi Chakravarthy, ruled an empire where there was flood and there was no proper vegetation and the wealth and the beauty of the entire empire seems to be decreasing. At that time, the king thought, if any Offerings is given to Sapta Rishis, it might increase the wealth and beauty of the Empire. As a result of this, he thought of giving the Offerings to Saptha rishis. But, Sapta Rishis did not accept his offerings, since if any flood (or) decrease in the wealth and health in the entire empire is due to some reasons of the ruling king. So, they found some problem might by with virukshadherbi and did not accept the offerings. But, he wants them to accept his Dhaanam, and as a result of this, he asks his palace officials to keep some gold inside the fruits and give them that, so that they will accept that and simultaneously his offerings is also accepted. But, knowing the truth that some gold are placed inside the fruit through their Gnana Dhirusti, they did not accept the fruits also. After the fruits which are given as offerings is being rejected by the Sapta Rishis, Virukshadharbi got angry on all 7 Rishis and tried them to kill and as a result of this cruel mind, he started an Yaagm in which a lady demony named “Kiruthyai” arise and he ordered the demon to kill all the sapta Rishis. But, knowing this, the Sriman Narayanan send Indiran to destroy the Kiruthyai demon and thereby protecting Sapta Rishis. Likewise, Indran killed the demon and all the Sapta Rishis got the seva of the Narayanan and got their Mukthi.

This sthalam is constructed and perumal is done the pradhistai by Bhima. When seeing from out, this temple is situated slightly above the surface. The temple is square in shape and has to climb some steps and after climbing the steps, we can enter into the temple.

According to the hymns of Nammazhwar, it appears there was big city in the region. Also according to the ancient Tamil Grammar text Tholkappiam, there were 12 divisions in Tamilnadu. Kuttanadu is one among them which people now call Kuttanadu Tirupuliyur. Perumal in the temple graces in a standing form facing east. The vimana – tower above the sanctum sanctorum is known as Purusha Sukta Vimana.

The Pandavas are said to have visited the Divya Desams in Kerala and each of the five Pandava brothers are believed to have built one temple in this region (around Chengannur). Bheema undertook penance at this place and created the Puliyur Divya Desam. Hence, this place is referred to as Bheema Kshetram.

Makara Atham Nakshatram – Brahmotsavam, Thiruvonam Makara Sankara Nakshatram- Kavadi Aattam are the festivals celebrated here.

Route:

This sthalam is situated 3 1/2 miles away from Sengannoor in west. We can reach this Kshetram by getting down in Sengannoor railway station

Temple Timings:

5am-11am and 5pm-8pm

Temple Telephone Number:

0479-246 4825

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Mayappiran Thirukkoil,
Thiruppuliyur (Kuttanad) – 689510,
Alappuzha District.
Kerala State.

Thiruvalla – Vallaba Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Thiruvazhmarban Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 Years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Thiru Vazhmarban, Srivallapan Kolapiran

Thayar: Selva Thirukozhunthu Nachiyar, Vaathsalya Devi

Pushkarani: Kandhakarna Pushkarani

Vimanam: Sadhuranga kola vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: NamAzhvaar and Thirumangai Azhvaar

Sthalapuranam:

Kanda Karan, who is the chief leader of Siva Perumaan’s Siva Ganangal had a vulgour actions towards everything. He had a ugly structure and that fears all person who sees him. He gave Narabali for Siva, But, on seeing this, Siva ordered him not to give Narabali and asked him to worship the Narayanan, Sriman Narayanan, by worshipping him, he can get the Mukthi and can attain Paramapadham. On hearing this, Kanda Karnan, who was a great Veera saivan, changed to Vaishnavan and started to tell the Ashtakshara Mantram, “Om Namo Narayanaya”. At the same time he left worshipped Siva and tied two small bells on his ears to avoid hearing Siva’s name. Inspite of not wanting to hear the mantram of Siva, he was really thinking about him and at the same time he was having the bhakti towards Sriman Narayanan by expressing the Ashtakshara mantram. “Om Namo Narayana”. By devoting both the Gods, Lord Shivan and Sriman Narayanan, he forgeot all of his previous actions and started completly to make penance towards the perumals. By doing so, he got his mukthi and attained paramapadham. Thus by getting the mukthi through Kanda Karnan, the perumal explains about the relation and unity of both the Saivam and Vaishnavam gods and explains that there should be no racism among the religion. To explain more about this, in this sthalam the thiru Neeru or called as Vibhoodi is given as the “Prasadham” to the devotees. But, generally Vibhoodhi is given in Saivam temples only. This is one of the unique features about the unity and explains that both the Gods should be treated as one.

The idol of Maha Vishnu or Sree Vallabha was sculpted by Viswakarma at the behest of Lord Krishna and was given to Satyaki at the end of Dwapara Yuga. Towards the end of Dwapara Yuga, Lord asked Garuda to keep the idol in safe custody and accordingly Garuda kept it in Netravati river which flows from Karnataka to Kerala. Later, the royal consort of Cheraman Perumal – the emperor of Kerala had a dream that the idol of Krishna was lying on the bed of Netravati river. All efforts were taken to search the idol. At last the idol was discovered from the Bhadra Hrada of Netravati river in B. C 59 with the joint effort of the Tulu Brahmins and the local potties. Women are not allowed near the sanctum sanctorum – except on the Vishu and Thiruvathira days. Elephants are not permitted inside the temple compound. The ten day long annual festival is in Kumbham with kodiyettu on Pooyam day. Arattu is performed in Manimala river at Thukalassery Kadalimangalam Kadavu. On arattu day Sree Vallabha visits Lord Mahadeva of Thukalassery Temple. The Uthraseeveli festival is celebrated for one day on the Makayiram asterism in Meenam (March – April). The north gopuram will be opened only for the uthraseeveli. On that day Goddess Durga of Alamthuruthy Padappadu Temple and Bhagavthy of Kariyanattukavu Temple will visit Lord Sree Vallabha. These Goddesses are the protectors of Thiruvalla Gramam. The auspicious `Pantheerayiram vazhipadu,’ offering of 12,001 plantains of a special variety to the presiding deity is very famous. The ceremonial procession starts from the nearby Mahadevar Temple at Thukalassery. Twice in a year, the Lord is dressed like a hunter on Thiruvathira in Dhanu and Vishu in Medam.

Route:

Thiruvalla is about 15 minutes by an express train from Kottayam. Get down at Thiruvalla Railway station. The temple is about 4kms from the railway station. An auto from the station to the Divya Desam will cost Rs.40-50/. Buses every 5-10minutes from Kottayam

Temple Timings:

5am-1145am and 5pm-8pm

Temple Telephone Number:

0469 2700191

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Thiruvazhmarban Thirukkoil

Sri Vallaba Shetram,

Thiruvallavazh – 689101,

Pathanam Thitta District.

Kerala State.

Thiruvanvandur – Pambanaiappa Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Pambanaiappan Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Paambanai Appan, Kamalanathan

Thayar:  Kamalavalli Nachiyar

Pushkarani: Pamba River

Vimanam: Vadalaya Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: NamAzhvaar

Sthalapuranam:

A debate arose between Lord Brahmma and Maharshi Narada. Brahma spelt a curse on Narada who came down to this place and performed penance on Lord Vishnu seeking his grace to teach him all the philosophies covering creation and related principles. Pleased with his penance, Lord taught him the lessons based on which Maharshi Narada wrote the treatise on the supremacy of Lord Vishnu and the codes to worship Him, titled Naradeeya Puranam, according to scriptures. Narada is said to have created the ‘Naradiya Purana’, an extensive document comprising of 25000 verses. While digging the land in this place, new Perumal-Vishnu idols were found. They were brought to this temple and new shrines built to install the new idols. It is significant that the sanctum sanctorum is circular in shape and Perumal in a standing form is facing west hold his conch and discus. The sculpture depicting the dance of Child Krishna on the hoods of snake Kalinga (Kalinga Nardanam) is very attractive. The two pillars bearing this Naradana Kanna has also carvings of all Dasavatara (10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu) scenes. The Vimana – tower above the sanctum sanctorum is called Sakala Veda Vimanam. Maharishi Narada and Markandeya had visited the temple to worship Perumal Pamabanaiappan.

it is said that Pandavas came to this place during their exile life. Found dilapidated, Nakula the last brother of the Pandavas renovated the temple. People believe that this was built by Nakula. The temple region is situated on the north of the holy Pampa River of Kerala. This is mentioned in the hymns of Nammazhwar. Of the temples installed by Pandavas, this is the temple that celebrates more festival events.

Ashtami-Rohini Krishna Festival,11day Festival in Dhanur, Uthiratadhi 10day festival in Kumbham are the festivals celebrated here.

Route:

Located about 7kms North of Chengannur and about 5kms South West of Thiruvalla on the Erimala route, on the banks of the Pamba River

Temple Timings:

5am-1130am and 5pm-8pm

Temple Telephone Number:

0479 2427808

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Pambanaiappan Thirukkoil,
Thiruvanvandur – 686109,
Alapuzha District,
Kerala State.

Thiru Kodithanam – Arputha Narayana Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Arputha Narayanan temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Arputha Narayanan

Thayar: Karpagavalli

Pushkarani: Boomi Pushkarani

Vimanam: Puniyakodi Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: NamAzhvaar

Sthalapuranam:

The region was under the rule of one Rukmangathan.  Flowers of many varieties grew in his garden.  Devas picked these flowers and offered it to Perumal.  He came to know that the flowers are stolen from the garden.  He ordered that these thieves should be arrested and brought before him.  His men, not knowing that the flower pickers were Devas, caught them and produced before the king. Knowing the truth, the king apologized to them and released them immediately. Yet, as they were arrested by humans, Devas lost the power of returning back to their place.  When the king asked them what he could do to help them, they told him that if he parted with the benefits of his Ekadasi fasting of years, they would regain the power to go back.  The king happily agreed, took them to the Perumal temple and donated the huge benefits he had accrued through years. All these happened within a fraction of second (kadigai), hence the name of the place Tirukadithanam.

It is said that Sahadevan, the last brother of the Pandavas installed Perumal in this place.  He was searching for an idol but could not succeed.  Out of frustration, he decided to immolate himself.  An idol of Lord Narayana appeared instantly before Sahadeva and saved from his self-sacrifice.  Hence, the Lord is named Arputha Narayana (Arputha-miracle). The temple is popularly known as Sahadevan Temple.

There are idols of Lords Sastha, Muruga and serpent deities around the prakara. It is said that the tall compound wall of the temple was built by Bhoodas described as colossal creatures with huge body and extraordinary strength with a threatening appearance. Bhoodas are generally shown as a helping group to Gods in our scriptures. There is a human body placed on a stone in front of the temple. The story goes that the king of the region came to the temple for darshan but found the doors closed. But the security received a bribe from the king and opened the doors. As a punishment, his body is placed on a stone.

Route:

This Divya Desam is located about 4kms East of Chenganacheri in Thiru Kadithanam. Chenganancheri is about 2 hour drive from Ernakulam. Buses every 5 minutes on the Kottayam- Chenganacheri route.

Temple Timings:

5am-11am and 5pm-8pm

Temple Telephone Number:

0481 2435711

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Arputha Narayanan Thirukkoil,
Thirukkadithalam – 686105,
Kottayam District.

Thiruvattaru – Adi Kesava Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Adi Kesava Perumal

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Adi Kesava Perumal

Thayar: Maragada Valli Thaayar

Pushkarani:  Kadalvai Pushkarani, Vattaru

Vimanam: Ashtakshara vimanam,Ashtanga Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: NammAzhvaar

Sthalapuranam:

Lord Brahma performed a Yaga without Saraswathi Devi and as a result of Saraswathi’s angry, two asuras by name Kesan and Kesi emerged out of the Yagagni (sacrificial fire). They were troubling the three worlds. The Devas approached Vishnu and requested him to find a solution. Lord Mahavishnu in the form of Kesava Perumal fought with Kesan. Perumal threw Kesan who fell on top of Mahendragiri and Perumal blew His conch Instantaneously, Adisesha wound himself around Kesan thus disabling the asura to move and immediately Perumal laid on Adisesha thus putting His weight. When the asura tried to get out of Adisesha’s coils, Perumal made 12 Shivalingams to stand as guard around the asura and Perumal. These famous Shiva Temples are Thirumala, Thikkurussi, Thrupparappu, Thirunandhikkara, Ponmana, Pannippakam, Kalkkulam, Melankodu, Thiruvidaikkodu, Thiruvithamkode, Thiruppanrikkode and Thirunattalam. Even today, the worship to Lord Shiva on Sivarathiri day,.The famous Shivalaya ottam is said to be complete only when the devotee after visiting the 12 Shiva shrines ends his trip in the Perumal Temple.

Kesi who saw her brother defeated wanted to avenge and hence she along with her friend, Kothai took the form of rivers and encircled the temple with the intention of submerging the temple. At that time, it is believed that Bhoomi devi raised the temple . Hence, the temple is situated at a height of 55 feet from the ground level. The image of the Gopuram clearly indicates this. The rivers joined with Arabian Sea at a place known as Moovaatru mukham. The rivers were cursed by Perumal and they repented for their action. Perumal forgave them and had a dip in Moovaatru mukham. Even today, during Painguni utsavam, Perumal comes on golden Garuda and has dip in the river thus enacting the saapa vimochana incident.

As the Lord killed the Asura Kesan, he came to be called ‘Adi Kesavan’. This Divya Desam is surrounded and circled by rivers (River Parali) from all sides. Hence, this place came to called Thiru ‘Vatta-aaru’.

The idol of Perumal is made of a mixture of materials called Kadu Sarkarai Yogam with 16,008 Salagrama stones (stones with Narayana forms). The devotee has to worship Perumal through three entrances. The procession deity in a standing form graces with Mothers Sridevi and Bhoodevi. There is no Lotus or Brahma on the naval of Perumal. It is believed that the devotee worshipping Perumal here would have no further births. Garuda, Sun, deities of the five weapons (Panchayudha), demons Madhu and Kaidaba are in the sanctum sanctorum. Maharshi Hadhaleya is near the head of the Lord. Between the 3rd and 9th day of Puratasi and Panguni, during dusk, Sun’s rays directly falls on the Lord inside the sanctum, almost as a mark of respect from the Sun God to Adi Kesava Perumal. The temple is older than Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple in Trivandrum (about 50kms from here). Adi Kesava Perumal is said to be the elder brother of Anantha Padmanabhan and hence, this place is referred to as Aadhi Ananthapuram. This temple is also known as Chera Naatu Srirangam.

Panguni, Aipasi 10 day festival,Avani Thiruvonam 12 day, Kalapa Pooja festival in Thai are the festivals celebrated here.

Route:

one can reach Thiruvattaru in half hour from Nagercoil (about 30kms)- by taking a right just after Padmanabhapuram at Azhagiya Mandapam (23kms).

Temple Timings:

5am-12noon , 5pm-7.30pm

Temple Telephone Number:

043651 283320

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Aadhi Kesava Perumal Thirukkoil,
Thiruvattaru – 629177,
Kanyakumari District,
Tamil Nadu.

ThiruKatkarai – Sri Katkaraiappa Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Katkarai Appan Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Katkraiappan

Thayar: Peruchelva or vathsalya valli

Pushkarani: Kapila Pushkarani

Vimanam: Pushkala Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: NamAzhvaar

Sthalapuranam:

The legend is closely linked with the story of Mahabali and Lord Vishnu’s Vamana or Trivikrama incarnation. Mahabali was an efficient and popular Asura king. His kingdom stretched the earth, the patala (the underground), and was threatening the skies. The gods (suras) grew worried of Mahabali’s rule and popularity. Vishnu, in his avatar as Vamana, asked Mahabali for a piece of land only three paces wide. Bali, ever the generous king, granted this wish, whereupon Vamana grew to an immense size and covered the heavens with one step and the earth with another. There was no space left for Vamana to measure his third pace. “Where is my third foot of space?” asked Vamana. Tricked by this deceit, but as one who would never go back on his promises. Mahabali offered his own head for Vamana to place his third step. These events were happened at this place. As he was pushed down into Suthala, King Bali made a last request. He requested that he be allowed to visit Kerala once in a year to ensure that his people were still happy, well fed and content. Lord Vishnu was pleased to grant Mahabali his wish. Mahabali comes to visit his people and his land during Onam. This is the legend behind the Onam festival. Another legend associated with this temple is that Kapila maharshi did penance here and Vishnu pleased with the rishi’s penance appeared before the rishi. At the behest of the rishi, Vishnu decided to stay in this place.

Kerala is famous for Bananas and especially for a particular typed by named “Nenthiram”. This banana has a closer relationship with this sthala perumal. Once, a bhaktar (devotee) of the perumal, had a big land where the banana trees are planted. But, it doesn’t give him any yield and doesn’t give him any bananas. The devotee at that felt, that it might be some wrong thing he might have done and as a result of this only, the trees are not giving him the proper yield. So, he decided, the sight of the perumal fell on banana trees and from that time, it gave him lots of yield. Seen by the Kaatkarai appan’s Nethira eyes, the yield was very high and because of this, the bananas are named as “Nethiram Pazham”.

The Golden bananas which are dedicated towards Kaatkarai appan lost one day and the king on hearing this, blamed for the lost on a Yogi, who doesn’t know anything about it. He punished the yogi and treated him badly. But, the golden bananas were found inside the Garbhagriham of Moolavar sannadhi. On knowing this, the Yogi got angry and gave the sabham for the time, since he was caught as the thief only because of the time and after giving the sabham, he suicided and dead. But, his soul doesnt leave the world but it turned into a Brahma Raatshasan and roamed in the world. To get out of the Sabham, as suggested by himself (the Yogi who is in the form of the Raatshasan), constructed a bamboo roof and destroyed it using the fire in this sthalam and thereby from the bright fire that comes out from the bamboo would ride away the sabham of the Yogi. After this, they all did the same thing suggested by the Yogi to rid away the curse known as sabham. As a result of this, a small temple was constructed for the Yogi and daily poojas are done to make him cool. This is one of the purana (older) history told about this sthalam.

The traditional festival of Kerala – Onam historically too related with this temple. The 10 day long annual festival in this temple is held in the month of Chingam (Augest – September). The utsavam begins with kodiyettu on Atham day and ends with arattu on Thiruvonam day. Thiruvonam is the birth day of Lord Vamanamoorthy. Those who could not attend this utsavam celebrated it in their own home by making beatuiful Pookkalams and by offering special nivedyams to Thrikkakkarayappan. This was strictly follwed in every home because it was an order given by the then ruling Cheraman Perumal, the king of Kerala. These celebrations and special offerings to Lord Vamana is now commonly known as Onam. The famous Athachamayam at Tripunithura was a triumphant march of the Maharaja of Kochi, with or without military intent from Tripunithura, the then capital of the Cochin state, to the Vamana Temple at Thrikkakara to attend the kodiyettu ceremony. It is merely a celebration to herald Onam, the festival of peace and equity, remembering the days when everything was in abundance. The Onasadya or the Onam feast will be held on Thiruvonam day in a grand manner in the temple with a large number of people cutting across religious barriers participating in it.

In this temple there are two seperate sreekovils for Lord Vamana and Lord Shiva. Five poojas – Ushapooja, Ethruthapooja, Pantheeradypooja, Uchapooja and Athazhapooja – and three Sheevelis- Ethrutha Sheeveli, Ucha Sheeveli and Athazha Sheeveli are conducted daily. The sub-deities of Vamana temple are Sree Bhagavathi, Sastha, Gopalakrishna, Nagam, Rakshass and Yakshi. The Shivalinga in this temple is believed to be worshiped by Mahabali himself and is situated on the southern side of Vamana shrine. Devotees must visit the Shiva shrine before visiting Vamana shrine. The Shiva temple or Thekkumkara Thevar temple has shrines of Parvathi, Durga, Bhagavathi, Subramanian and Ganapathy. It is interesting to note in this context that though Thrikkakkara Appan or Vamana is worshipped during Onam celebrations, Mathevar or Mahadevar is also worshipped with equal fervour and the reason remains unexplained. The temple pond in the northern side is called Kapila Theertham and is considered holy. Only the temple priests are allowed to enter into this pond compound. The seat of King Mahabali is located infront of the Mahadeva sreekovil.

Route:

Located 10kms North East of Ernakulam, close to the Science and Technology University near Edapalli

Temple Timings:

5am-11am and 5pm-8pm

Temple Telephone Number:

99952 16368 or 97475 36161

Temple Address:

Sri Katkarai Appan Perumal Temple,
ThiruKatkarai,
Kerala.

 

Thiruchittaru(Chengannur)-Imayavarappa Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Imayavarappan temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Imayavarappan

Thayar: Sengamalavalli.

Pushkarani: Shanka Theertha, Thiruchittraru

Vimanam: Jagajyothi Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Nammazhwar

Sthalapuranam:

Dharamaraja built this temple to get sabavimochn for killing his Acharya Drona. This Chengannur Divya Desam is better known as the Dharma Raja temple. This temple is also referred to as the Thiru Chitraru Vishnu temple in Thiru Chenkundroor.

It was an embarrassing situation for Dharma the eldest of Pandava brothers in the Kurukshetra battle field. Unless Dronacharya the Guru of Dharma was killed, Pandavas cannot win. Drona was very fond of his son Aswathama and he could not bear his loss in the battle field. It was decided to make Drona believe that Aswathama was killed in the field. Dharma had to do this job. He knows it was sin to speak a lie of this kind. But there was no option left if he has to win the war. He told Drona that an elephant also named Aswathama was killed but toned down his voice while telling the word elephant and raised the voice while telling the name of Aswathama. Drona could not bear the news and stopped fighting. He was instantly killed by Dhrushtadyumna against the Yuddha Darma. Yet, Dharma could not excuse himself for the deed. After war ended, he came to this place, performed penance for peace and cleansing. It is said that Darma renovated this temple. Even before Dharma’s coming to this place, Imayavars (Devas) came to this place and performed penance on Lord Vishnu. Lord granted them Darshan and was celebrated as Imayavar Appan – Lord of Devas.

Once, there lived an Asuran (Demon) by named “Sugan”. He had a son by Padmaasuran. He got many Boons by doing various thavam. Likewise, he got a peculiar boon from Lord Shiva that if anyone head is touched by his hand, he or she should be turned into ash. After getting the boon, he tested his skill over Lord Shiva who gave him the boon and ran from him and to get help from Sriman Narayanan. Even the Deva Loga Kanniyars like Rambai, Oorvasi, Thilothamai tried to change his concentration by showing their presence in front of him. But, they feared to come in front of him because they thought he might put his hand on their heads. At that time, Sriman Narayanan took the most beautiful Mohini Avathaar and came in front of Padmaasuran. On seeing the beauty of the Mohini, he stood without moving and wanted to get the happiness of her beauty. At that time, the Mohini who was actually Sriman Narayanan, said after having the oil bath, he can get the happiness from her.On hearing this, Padmaasuran felt very happy and went towards the tank (Pushkarani) to have the oil bath. As soon as he applied the oil on his head, his hand touched his head and at that second, he was turned to ash. And finally, Sriman Narayanan who took the Mohini Avathaar saved Lord Shiva.

Route:

Chengannur is located about 120kms South of Ernakulam (Kochi) and about 20kms North of Kayankulam on the Kottayam- Kayankulam/ Kollam (Quilon) rail route. It is just 90minutes away from Ernakulam by most of the super fast express trains that ply on the Thrissur-Kottayam-Kayankulam-Trivandrum rail route. The Imayavarappan Divya Desam is at walking distance from the Chengannur Railway Station

Temple Timings:

530am-10am and 5pm-730pm

Temple Telephone Number:

0479 2456672

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Imayavarappan Thirukkoil,
Thiruchittraru – 689121,
Alappuzha District.
Kerala State.

Thiruvaranvilai (Aramula)-Kuralappa Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Kuralappa Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 Years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Parthasarathy (Tirukkuralappan)

Thayar: Padmasini

Pushkarani: Vedavyasa Saras, Pampa

Vimanam: Vaamana Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Nammalwar

Sthalapuranam:

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.

Route:

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.

Temple Timings:

5am-11am and 5pm-8pm

Temple Telephone Number:

0468 – 2212170

Temple Address:

Address : Arulmigu Thirukkuralappan Thirukkoil,
Thiruvaranvilai (Aramula) – 689533,
Pathanam Thitta District.
Kerala State.