Mithranandapuram Vamana Temple
Mithranandapuram Temple is an ancient Vamana temple situated in Peruvanam Gramam (Thrissur District). Mithranandapuram is about 10 Kms from Thrissur city on Thrissur-Thriprayar route. One can get down at Perumbillissery Centre (near Cherpu) from the bus and walk less than 0.50 km towards west to reach the temple. Thrissur-Triprayar road and Thrissur-Irinjalakkuda-Kodungalloor road meets at Perumbillissery junction.
Lord Vamana is the principal deity of this temple. According to the legends, the idol worshipped here is more than 1500 years old. This age is calculated on the basis of the Malayalam recital “Ayathu Sivalokam” depicted in the nearby Arattupuzha temple where the famous Arattupuzha pooram called Deva Mela is celebrated.
The temple is owned by three ooranma namboothiri illams namely Alakkattu Mana, Pattachomarayath Mana and Akkarachittur Mana. The Chief Priest or Thanthri of the Temple is Nedumpilly Tharananellur Mana, Irinjalakuda.
Ganesha (positioned on the south – west side facing east inside the chuttamablam), Swamiyar (seated south east of the temple outside the chuttambalam and facing east) and Annapoorneswari (seated in the north east pillar inside the Chuttambalam and facing west) are the upadevathas of this temple. It is a custom that every devotee has to worship Swamiyar first before entering in to Chuttambalam. Swamiyar is believed to be the Othikkan (Priest) of the Temple, who got ‘Samadhi’ in the temple.
Pushpanjali using veda mantras, Thulasimala, Thirumadhuram, Kadalipazham, Niramala, Payasam etc are the main offerings to Lord Vamana. Pushpanjali, Neyyuvilakku, Neypayasam, Ottayappam, Appam moodal, Mukha-charthu, Karukamala, Naranga(lemon) maala, Breaking of Coconut are the chief offerings to Lord Ganesha. Main offerings for Swamiyar are Vellanivedyam and Palpayasam. The main offerings to Annapoorneswari include Pushpanjali, Manjal, Neyyuvilakku, Chethimala, Bhagawathy Puja, Dwadasaksharimantra Pushpanjali and Kadum Payasam.
The temple will be opened from 5.30 AM to 10.30AM and 5.30 PM to 7.30 PM all days. The above timings are subject to change on special days like Thiruvonam, Prathishta Dinam, Othukottu, lunar and solar eclipse days.
The main festival of the temple is Sampoorna Yajurveda Yajna or Othu Kottu. Yajurveda Samhitha recital is one of the special prayers offered in the temple. Othu means Veda and Kottu means recitals. The whole text of Yajurveda is being recited once in every three years by Yajurveda Scholars from various parts of Kerala. The Yajna is conducted by 10 Namboodiri families of the locality with co-operation of devotees. Last othukottu festival was conducted in 2009 July-November as Panchasandha and the next othukottu will be in 2012. Prathishta Dinam or the Birth Day of Mithranandapurathappan is celebrated on the Makayiram day in the month (Malayalam) of Edavam. Special Poojas, Annadanam, Niramala, Bhajans are the important activities of Prathishta Dinam.
Thiruvonam in Chingam (Bhadrapada) is the birthday of Lord Vamana. In memory of the same, the temple has arranged Thiruvona Oottu on Thiruvonam day in every month. On the day, Kalkazhukichu Oottu to Brahmin children is performed in the morning followed by Akhanda Nama Japam, Prasada oottu and Niramala in the evening. Large number of devotees is coming to sponsor the expenses of Thiruvona Oottu. Bhoomi Pooja and Bhoomi Danam are the special vazhipadu of the temple. This is done in the memory of the three feet Bhoomi donated by Mahabali to Lord Vamana. This vazhipadu is offered for solving problems in connection with purchase and sales of landed properties and any other problems connected with the land.
Nakshathra Vriksha Kshethram which contains 27 different trees that are linked with 27 Nakshatras and Devathas is a speciality of this temple. People used to perform poojas to the concerned Devathas and do pradakshinas around the trees connected with their stars. Temple has made arrangements to perform poojas in each star. The devotees believe that they get immunity from all fears, mental retardation, accidents, early death etc. by worshipping Trees.
Mithranadapuram Sree Vamanamoorthy Temple, Perumbillissery, Pootharakkal P.O, Cherpu – 680561, Thrissur District, Kerala, India.
Telephone : 0487-3206693
Email : email@example.com
Website: http://www.mithranandapuramtemple.com or http://www.othukottu.org/
The renovation works of the temple are in progress. Kindly contribute for the same. (visit the website of Mithranandapuram temple for more details)
There is another Mithranandapuram Temple in Thiruvananthapuram but it is a Thrimoorthy Temple where Lords Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara are worshipped with equal importance. (For details Mithranandapuram Thrimoorthy Temple Thiruvananthapuram.