Truchattukulam Mahadeva Temple
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Chittukulam in Shivalayanama stothram points to Thrichattukulam in Panavally panchayat. The Thrichattukulam Mahadeva Temple is situated near the NSS Higher Secondary School at Trichattukulam junction in Cherthala-Arookkutty Road. The place is 21 kilometers away from Cherthala and 4.5 kilometers away from Arookkutty. Once this temple was under the governence of Nampoothiris. Then a varrier family manged the temple for a long time. Later it came under the rulership of Venad kingdom. Now this is a major Mahadeva temple under Travancore Devaswom Board with five poojas and three sheevelis daily. Lord Thrichattukulathappan is locally known as Vaduthalayesan.
The temple faces east. The eastern gopuram is small and simple. There is a big anakkottil in front of the copper dwaja. The balikkalppura and namaskaramandapam are decorated with wooden sculptures. Usually the Shiva lingam will be covered with a Thirumukham and devotees can feel the presence of Lord Mahadeva while standing infront of the sreekovil. There are shrines for Ganapathy and Bhagavathy inside the nalambalam. The Bhagavathy idol was installed in 1978. All the three deities faces east. The two storied sreekovil of Shiva is rectangular in shape with a copper covered roof. There is a Naga Yakshi prathishta at the nort-east corner of valiyambalam.
The temple pond is situated to the north side of eastern gopuram.Vedi vazhipadu especially the Gopurathinkal vedi is the main offering. Ksheera Dhara, Pinvilakku and Rudrabhishekam are the other important offerings. Ksheera dhara is specially done for curing mental problems and Pinvilakku for getting good marriage life. The annual utsavam is in Makaram (January-February) and is called makara bharani utsavam. Shivarathry, Thiruvathira, Mondays and Pradosha days are the other important days here.
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