Thirumittakkod Anchumoorthy Mangalam Temple
In pasurams of Kulasekhara Alvar, Thirumittakkod is refered as Thiruvithuvakkodu, Lord Vishnu as Sree Uyyavantha Perumal or Abhayapirathan, and Thayar (Mahalakshmi) as Vithuvakkottu Valli or Padmapaani Naachiyaar.
Thirumittakkod Anchumoorthy Mangalam Temple is located in Palakkad district on the banks of Bharathapuzha and positioned at 3 kms away from the Kunnamkulam-Pattambi main road. Five deities of equal importance are there in this temple. This is why this place of worship is called Anchumoorthy temple. This temple is one among the 108 Shivalayams created by Lord Parasurama. Hence this is the only temple in Kerala listed in both 108 Shivalayams and 108 Vaishnavalayams. This temple explains about the unity of Vaishnavisam and Shaivisam. Shiva temple is in front of the Vishnu temple.
Ambarisha Maharaja did severe penance to the Lord Vishnu and as desired by the king, the Lord appeared in 4 Forms - as Vasudeva, Aniruddha, Pradyumna and Sankharshana. This temple is said to be the Mukthisthalam of Ambarisha. When Pandavas set on theertha yatra to atone for the sin committed by killing their relatives during Mahabharatha war, they visited this place. Hearing about the holiness of this place, they stayed here and worshipped Perumal in all the 4 forms. One idol was worshipped by Yudhistira, one by Bhima, one by Arjuna and one by Nakula and Sahadeva.
A brahmin who was a staunch Saivite stayed at Kasi and offered worship to Lord Visweswara. He was forced to leave Kashi and come to his native place as he heard that his mother was in her last stages and as he was reluctant to leave his Ishtadevata, he prayed to Lord Shiva for help. Lord Shiva entered into the Olakkuda (umbrella) which the brahmin used to have with him always. When the brahmin reached this place, it was evening. As he had to perform his evening rites, he left the umbrella in the temple premises and went to have bath. When he returned, he found that he could not lift the umbrella and when he exerted force, the umbrella broke and a Shiva ling emerged out of it. Lord Shiva told the brahmin that henceforth He would stay there and all the devotees could worship Him in that place. Hence, we can find a Siva Linga in the temple premises which is a Swayambhu.It is believed that the temple has the presence of Holy Ganga.
Each Shrine is architecturally exquisite. The temple complex is the perfect specimen of traditional temple architecture and its walls are complete with sculptures and mural paintings that depict the stories from Hindu mythology. Ashtamirohini and Shivaratri are the sepcial puja days here.
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