Lalam Sree Mahadeva Temple
Lalam Mahadeva Temple is situated at the heart of Pala municipality. (just 150 meters from Pala Municipal private bus stand.) This temple is the oldest temple in Meenachil Taluk and was once the only temple in the 56 karas or villages of Meenachil. Lalam Mahadeva Temple is famous as Dakshina Kasi (Kasi of South). This temple is equivalent to Kasi Viswanatha Temple because of the presence of Lalam river (which flows towards east) and a cremation ground or Smasanam infront of the Temple.
The two tiered sreekovil is in rectangular shape. There is a copper dwaja infront of the Balikkalppura and two small gopurams in east and south sides. Ganapathy, Ayyappa, Yogeeswaran, Rakshass, Yakshi and Nagadevathas are the sub deities. The puna prathishta ceremony was conducted in 2001. The ten day long annual festival or Thiruvathira utsavam is in Dhanu (December - January). Ardra darsanam on Thiruvathira day is considered auspecious and large number of women takes part in it. The Arattu ritual is conducted in Meenachil river at Chethimattam Chettikkadavu. After the arattu Lord Lalathappan rests at Kizhathadiyoor Thrukkayil Temple for some time. Prathishta dinam, Shivarathry, Mandalakalam, Ramayanm month, Karkkidakavavu, Pradoshams and mondays are the other important days. Puliyanoor Mundakkudi Illam Vishnu Nampoothiri is the Tanthri or chief priest. This temple is managed by Travancore devaswom board. Dhara, Rudrabhishekam, Pradosha Pooja, Ashtotharaarchana, Kadumpayasam, Ganapathy homam, Pinvilakku, Neeranjanam and Bhagavathy seva are the main offerings. Devotees must also visit Ambalappurathukavu Devi Temple near to Lalam temple inorder to get full blessings of Lord Lalathappan.
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