Mulakkulam Sree Lakshmana Temple
Mulakkulam Lakshmana Swami Temple is situated at Mulakkulam in Kottayam district. Devotees can reach here through Piravam – Peruva road. Kottayam district is the only district in India having three Lakshmana Temples. The other two Lakshmana Temples in Kottayam are Vennimala Rama-Lakshmana Perumal Temple and Koodappulam Lakshmana Temple.
Mulakkulam temple is closely associated with Thirumarayoor Sree Rama Swami temple. The main specialty of this temple is that the Lakshmana Prathishta is in the form of a Sheeveli Thidambu. This west facing temple has a copper dwaja prathishta and Manayathattu Nampoothiri is the Tantri. Mulakkulam temple is a major temple under Travancore Devaswom Board having five poojas and three sheevelees daily. The nine day long annual festival is in the moth of Medam in whioch the Thriuaarattu is held in the ninth day (Thiruvonam)
The main deity Lakshmna is positioned on the Sheeveli Thidambu. The history behind this temple is as follows. The Brahmin Kings of Edappalli and Paravoor had a vigorous argument in the case of Daasiyattom at the famous Thirumoozhikkulam Lakshmana Temple in Ernakulam District. The Edappalli King failed and it is said that the King himself took the Sheeveli Thidambu of Thirumoozhikkulam Lakshmana Perumal and later he constructed a temple in Mulakkulam and installed the Thidambu there. He named the place as Mulakkulam to remember the connection with Moozhikkulam.
Another story says that the Ooralar families (owners of temple) of Thirumoozhikkulam quarreled with each other and with the Paravoor King and brought the Thidambu of Lakshmana to this place. The quarrel was held between the “Akakkoyma and Purakkoyma” families of Thirumoozhikkulam.
There is also a history which says that the Lakshmana Thidambu belongs to the Thirumarayoor Rama Temple. Originally the Thirumarayoor Temple had Rama and Lakshmana Prathishtas. Due to the revolt between Brahmins of Thirumarayoor some Brahmins took the Lakshmana Thidambu which was ought to move for Para Ezhunnallathu ritual, to Moozhikkulam. The Thirumarayoor and Mulakkulam temples which are situated on the opposite banks of Moovattupuzha river points to this fact.
Ganapathi, Shiva in the form of Kirathamoorthy and Shastha are the upa devatas of this temple.
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