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


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.


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.

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