Five Idols temple near Pattambi
Pandavas in their exile are said to have stayed here and undertaken penance. Arjuna, Dharmaputra, Bheemasena and Nakula/Sahadeva created an idol each for their daily poojas at this temple. The main Moolavar deity was installed by Arjuna.
Yudishtra ( Dharmaraja Installed Idol)
Dharma Raja installed the idol to the right of the main deity as did Nakula and Sahadeva. Bheema installed the idol of Vishnu to the left of Uyyavantha Perumal.
Another story goes that Kasi Viswanathar who was impressed with a rishi’s penance accompanied the rishi to this temple, finding a small place for himself in the umbrella taken by the rishi. On arriving here, the rishi went for a bath at the river. After his bath, he found the umbrella broken and found a swayambu idol of Lord Shiva at this place. Later, a separate temple was built for Shiva. Hence, this place is referred to as the ‘5 idols’ temple.
BHEEMA INSTALLED TEMPLE
On the Vaikasi Mrigaseesham day- Kalababhishekam
In his verse, the Kerala born Kulasekara Azhvaar praises the Vithuvakodu Lord thus:
எங்குப் போய் உய்கேன்..
உன் இணையடியே அடைய அல்லால்
எங்கும் போய்க் கரை காணாது
எறிகடல்வாய் மீண்டு ஏயும்
வங்கத்தின் கூம்பு ஏறும் மாப் பறவை போன்றேனே - Perumal Thirumozhi
Moolavar: Uyavantha Perumal South Facing Standing Posture
Thaayar : Vithuvakottu Valli, Padmaasini Thaayar
Azhvaar : Kulasekara Azhvaar-10verses in Perumal Thirumozhi
Time : 5am-1030am and 5pm-8pm
Contact : Ravichandran and Ramachandran Embranthari @ 98460 92853
Address : Thirumittacode PO, Kootanad Via, Palakkad Dist 679 533
How to reach:
On the Chennai-Palghat-Kozhikode rail route, get down at Pattambi station (about 10kms West of Shoranur Junction). An auto from Pattambi Railway Station to this Divya Desam (about 7kms) and back will cost Rs.80-100/-.
From Coimbatore, one can reach this place by driving(about 110kms) via Palghat, Ottapalam, Shoranur and Pattambi. Very Good road
One can combine the visit here with Thiru Navai (about 25kms from here)