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.

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.

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.