ThiruVithuvakodu – Uyavantha Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Uyavantha Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 Years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Uyavantha Perumal

Thayar: Vithuvakottu Valli, Padmaasini Thaayar

Pushkarani: Chakra Pushkarani

Vimanam:  Thatvakanchana

Mangalaashaasanam:  Kulasekara Azhvaar

Sthalapuranam:

Pandavas in their exile are said to have stayed here and undertake penance. Arjuna, Dharmaputra, Bheemasena, Nakula and Sahadeva created an archa Vigraham each for their daily poojas at this temple. The main Moolavar deity was installed by Arjuna.
Dharma Raja installed the the vigraham to the right of the main deity as did Nakula and Sahadeva. Bheema installed the archa moorty of Vishnu to the left of Uyyavantha Perumal.

Once, Ambhareeshan did fasting towards Srimannarayanan on all Ekadasi. He gave 60 cows and after Ekaadasi, he finishes the fasting by doing Paarayanam on Dvadasi.  Once he did this fasting and was waiting for some Narayana Bhaktas, so that he can give them the food and after that he can consume. Waiting for several hours, he found Duruvaasa passing, he invited sage Duruvaasa fell on his feet and asked to accept the food from him sage said he will take it after bath. So, he went to Kalathi river. Duruvaasa muni went to the river for bathing but didn’t come up till the end of Dvadasi. But, Ambhareeshan had to finish the fasting by taking some food (or) water. At the end time of Dvadesi, Ambhareeshan could not wait for Duruvaasa Muni and took some water and finished the Viradham. At the same time the sage arrived,On seeing this, Duruvaasa muni got angry on him and sent an demon to kill. But, Lord came for help with Vishnu chakkaram and killed the Demon. Duruvaasa muni felt bad for his act and plead before the lord. After getting dharsan of Lord Ambhareesanal asked perumalthat he should get the dharshan of the perumal in Viyugha Avathaar (perumal should be seen in all the directions), Uyyavantha perumal gives his seva in all the 4 directions. The perumal in the center is worshipped by Dharma, the west directional perumal is worshipped by Arjuna, the left side perumal is worshipped by Bheema and the perumal in the right side is worshipped by Nakula and Sahadeva. So, this perumal is worshipped by all the Panja Pandavas and it is one of the historical issues that are explained. And this sthalam is said to be the Mukthisthalam of Ambhareesh.

Once, a brahmin who was a staunch Saivite stayed at Kasi and offered worship to Lord Visweswara. He was forced to leave Kashi and come to his native place as he heard that his mother was in her last stages and as he was reluctant to leave his Ishtadevata, he prayed to Lord Shiva for help. Lord Shiva entered into the Olakkuda (umbrella) which the brahmin used to have with him always. When the brahmin reached this place, it was evening. As he had to perform his evening rites, he left the umbrella in the temple premises and went to have bath. When he returned, he found that he could not lift the umbrella and when he exerted force, the umbrella broke and a Shiva ling emerged out of it. Lord Shiva told the brahmin that henceforth He would stay there and all the devotees could worship Him in that place. Hence, we can find a Siva Linga in the temple premises which is a Swayambhu.It is believed that the temple has the presence of Holy Ganga.

Route:

Pattambi Railway Station to this Divya Desam (about 7kms)

Temple Timings:

5 am-1030am and 5pm-8pm

Temple Telephone Number:

98954 03524

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Uyya Vandha Perumal Thirukkoil,
ThiruVithuvakodu – 679303,
Palakkad District,
Kerala State.

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