famous for Vettakkorumakan Temple and the
Siva temple with murals of Malabar.
Thirunavaya, located in Malappuram, in
Kerala, South India, are home to the historic get together of all the
ancient kings of Kerala, and this royal conference is called as "Mamangam".
A travel tour to the Thirunavaya temple located in Malappuram, Kerala, South
India, would inform a discerning tourist that the temple is dedicated to
Lord Vishnu, who is referred to as Navamkunda in the Malyali language.
Kadampuzha Bhagavathy Temple
Kadampuzha Bhagavathy Temple is situated
at Kadampuzha, 30 km from Malappuram on Thrissur-Kozhikkode highway 3 km
north of Vettichira attracts hundreds of devotees far and near. Dry coconut
is the main offering before the deity. Bhagavathy temple is said to have
been set up by Sree Sankaracharya, the philosopher.
Located at Thirunavaya. This 6000-year old
temple is known as Kashi of the South. The deity of the temple, on the banks
of Bharatapuzha, is Lord Vishnu. It is very famous and popular for the
performance of last rites for the departed. The temple became ideal for the
rites as Bharatapuzha flows over the temple steps, making it very convenient
to flow the rites’ remains in the water. The exquisite sculptures carved
around sanctum sanctorum are splendid. Ten avatars of Lord Vishnu are carved
on the top row against the wall as below the slopped roof. Just below the
row sculptures depicting Lord Shiva, in his kirata (tribal) avatar, blessing
Arjuna with Pashupati Astra neatly placed.
There is a structure left side of the gate which was built for the Samuthiri
(Zamorin) kings to watch the cultural mega event called Mamankam once in
every 12-year on the sprawling banks of Bharatapuzha. The Mamankam was
originally initiated at Ponnani port as a trade fair. The event used to
witness by all the rulers under Samuthiri. The people of Malappuram insist
that the Mamankam was originated by a Valluvanad king who ruled that region
and the Samuthiri was in fact wresting the right to conduct it. The rivalry
between the two was a historical fact. There is a stage called Nilapadu
Thara where the Samuthiri used to sit. His soldiers used to position around
him. Valluvanadu king on his part will send his soldiers to challenge
Samuthiri. The fight always was a losing one to the king. To humiliate the
king, bodies of the soldiers were dumped into a well nearby. When the well
overfilled with corpses an elephant was ordered to foot them down. Today
this notorious well is known as Mani Kinar (Kinar in Malayalam means Well).
The remains of Nilapadu Thara is reduced to a slab of stone which too is not
noticeable as the weeds rest on it.
Located at the coastal town of Tanur. The
3000-year odd old tile-roofed temple was once visited in1546 by St Francis
Xavier, the Apostle of the East who is resting in the Basilica of Bom Jesu
in Old Goa. The deity in the temple is Krishna. Tipu Sultan’s army ravaged
idol was replaced recently.
Located at Taripangode in Chamravattom
Road. This is the only temple in India dedicated to Garuda, the carrier of
Vishnu. The temple set in picturesque surroundings also accommodates a rare
shrine in which Vishnu is worshipped in his Koorma (tortoise) avatar
positure. The temple is ornated by golden snakes around it, presenting an
Kadampuzha Bhagavathi Temple
Kadampuzha literally should mean Kadam
river. The fact is otherwise; there is no river at all. The deity here is
goddess Durga, who, it is believed possesses immense curative and rewarding
powers. Besides thousands of pilgrims coming daily to seek blessings,
hundreds of new vehicles too come here to seek blessings to ward off mishaps
during their life in the roads. The idol placed in the sanctum santorum,
below several stairs, is small and always flower covered.
The temple has a guest house for the convenience of devotees coming from far
away places. There is a dormitory for which the charge is very nominal, Rs
20. There are ten double rooms (Rs 200), 6 deluxe rooms (Rs 350) and 2
suites (Rs 500).
Though the temple is very famous all over Kerala, there is no major
festival. The only festival, if it is a festival, is on Karthika day of
Malayalam month Vrichikam (November-December). During this day there is
Annadhanam (food gifting) to over 10000 devotees.
Situated at Chamravattom, 15-km to the
west of Tirur. The temple sculptured by legendary sculptor, Perunthanchan,
beholds Ayyappa deity. The beauty of the temple is unparallel. The temple is
fronted by vast rice fields and the Bharatapuzha flows behind. The idol,
positioned in equal level to the river, is below the sanctum sanctorum,
quite unusual. During monsoon the flood-water inundates the temple and the
same is considered as arattu (auspicious bathing of the idol).
Located at Angadipuram, 3-km from
Perinthalmanna. The courtyards of the temple, on a hill, offer excellent
opportunity to have a clear and lovely view of the countryside. The temple
has a story centred on king Mandhatha of Surya dynasty. The king returning
from Shiva’s abode, Kailas, halted at Thirumandhamkunnu, stunned by the
scenic beauty. The king was carrying a Shivalinga given to him by Shiva.
Parvathi came to know later the reward of Linga to the king by his husband
Shiva to her dismay. She decided to take it back for which she had to battle
with the king. In the tussle the Linga was split into two. Even the split
Linga was dearer to the king. Impressed of the devotion to the Linga by the
king, Parvathi felt sympathy towards the king and allowed him to keep it.
The emotional thrust, however, resisted her keeping away from the Linga and
she decided to stay on there.
The sculptures carved on the temples ceiling portray Ramayana and the mural
paintings depict the origin of the temple. There is a Chaver Thara (suicide
stage) at the entrance (below the hill). The suicide soldiers of the king
used to pray from this stage before venturing out on their mission – that is
killing the Samuthiri – a non-accomplished task.
Pulamanthole Sree Rudra Dhanwanthari
The temple is located at Pulamanthole. The
deity is Sree Rudra Dhanvanthari. The temple is ancient to 3500 years.
Initially the temple was known as Pulamanthole Shiva temple when the deity
was Shiva. Later on the deity of Dhanwanthari was added. Thereafter the
temple came to be known in the present name. There is an interesting legend
The temple was constructed by Ashtavaidya Pulamanthole Mooss family as their
family shrine. The Pulamanthole Mooss family was and is very famous in the
Dhanwanthari wing of Ayurveda science. The Maharaja of Travancore was
inflicted by a severe stomach pain. The treatment given by many famed
physicians gave no relief. As an ultimate source for cure the King sent
messengers to Pulmanthole Mana. When the message for treatment received only
a lady and his child were in the Mana. Upanayanam (a hereditary ceremony
before initiating to the ancient science of Ayurveda in ancient families)
was not yet done by the boy. The mother and son were upset as to what to do.
The mother finally told the messengers that his son will come after
completing 12 days Bhajana (prayers) in their family temple and advised the
son to start the prayers. A Sanyasi (monk) appeared before the boy on the
12th night and gave 3 tablets and assured him that these tablets will cure
the King. The Sanyasi further added that he should not accept any of the
gifts offered by the cured happy King. Instead, request the King to allow to
take the idol of Dhanwanthari lying in the Tamarapani River and install the
same at the left side of the idol of Shiva and build a shrine for it, the
Sanyasi added. The Sanyasi was the manifestation of Shiva and disappeared
There are only few Ashtavaidya families in Kerala. Pulamanthole Mana has a
prominent position amongst them. This wing of the Ayurveda science is extant
in Kerala from ancient times. Karnatic Music Emperor, Sree Chembai
Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar was once severally inflicted by paralysis. He tried
many physicians, from different branches of health science, but proved
futile. Ultimately he was cured by Pulamanthole Mooss. The Nadapura
(sheltered pathway) of the temple was built by the Bhagavathar as an
The people believe and testify that all ailments can be cured with the
blessings of Lord Dhanwanthari. Many devotees throng to the temple daily
Alathiyur Perumthrikovil Temple
The temple is situated at Alathiyur, near
Tirur. The temple has a glorious past of 3000 years. It was said to have
been consecrated and raised by Sage Vasishta. The deity is Hanuman.
The main deity however is Sri Rama for which there is a separate shrine
adjacent to the shrine of Hanuman. In almost all temples of Rama, Sita is
also seen, but not here.
Idathupuram Sree Krishna Temple
This temple is located at Idathupuram,
3-km away from Perunthalmanna. The presiding deity is Sree Krishna. The
deity faces east.
Ganapathy and Ayyappan are sub-deities. The temple was consecrated by
spiritual poet Poonthanam. His birthday, Thiruvathira star day in Kumbam
(February/March) is celebrated here as Poonthanam Day. Guruvayur (in
Thrissur district) Ekadashi is also celebrated here in a big way.
The pious poem “Sree Krishna Karnamridham” was penned by the celebrated poet
Poonthanam, sitting in this famous temple.
Located at Kottakkal. The deity is Shiva.
The walls of sanctum sanctorum are beautified with 64 types of mural
paintings. Paintings of birds in garland form and paintings of
flower-garland form divide the murals. The sculptured walls portray Arjuna
praying for the Pashupathi Astra. The annual festival called Venkattathevar
Utsavam during April attracts many.