Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Thiru Vithuvakkodu Divya Desam Pattambi

Five Idols temple near Pattambi
Located about 5kms South of Pattambi off the Palghat- Shoranur- Kozhikode rail route is the Uyyavantha Perumal divya desam in Thiru Vithuvakkodu (Thirumittacode in Malayalam), right on the western banks of Baratha Puzha River.

The story
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.



On the Vaikasi Mrigaseesham day- Kalababhishekam

Azhvaar Praise

In his verse, the Kerala born Kulasekara Azhvaar praises the Vithuvakodu Lord thus:

வெங்கண்தின்களிறு அடர்த்தாய் 

எங்குப் போய் உய்கேன்..
உன் இணையடியே அடைய அல்லால் 

எங்கும் போய்க் கரை காணாது 
எறிகடல்வாய் மீண்டு ஏயும் 
வங்கத்தின் கூம்பு ஏறும் மாப் பறவை போன்றேனே - Perumal Thirumozhi

Quick Facts

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)


workhard said...
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dollarsairam said...

I just visited this temple 1 week back... I went in was quite tough to locate this temple....From pattambi railway station you have to go towards guruvayoor direction, and you need to take a left in betwen....That left is very very small and only one car can go in that path...GPS helped me to locate that left....I

nAradA said...

Correct version of the pAsuram is
வெங்கண்திண் களிறடர்த்தாய் விற்றுவக்கோட் டம்மானே எங்குபோ யுய்கேனுன் னிணையடியே யடையலல்லால் எங்கும்போய்க் கரைகாணா தெறிகடல்வாய் மீண்டேயும் வங்கத்தின் கூம்பேறும் மாப்பறவை போன்றேனே -PerumAL tirumozhi 5—5 (NDP 692)

PRabhu S said...

Thank You, Sir.