Vazhappully Sree Rajarajeswary Temple is the fIrst and foremost among the family temples in Kerala. In Guruvayoor Kodungalloor route of N .R. 17, 1 Ian west to Edamuttam Centre situates this famous temple. This is the only temple in Kerala where the remedial religious rites for 'Gandharva Doshas' are done. Regarding the origin of the temple, there is a story. 700 years ago there lived a mother and son who were the disciples of a goddess in a village under the territory of Cochin King. One day a monk came to their house. To entertain the guest the family quickly took one tender coconut from the nearest coconut tree and gave it to the monk to drink. Later they found the coconut tree was not in their eligible land. They feared if the king knows about this they will be severely punished. Goddess they worship came in their dream on that night and told the son to go to Kodungalloor or he will be beheaded by the King. During the same night itself the mother and son started journey to north as per the goddess' command through dream. After a long journey they reached Kodungalloor Temple when the Kodungalloor Devi was trembling in a possessed person. When they told their sad 'story to the Devi, She advised them to go further north. They walked as per the command of Kodungalloor Devi and reached the place called Vazhappully and installed an idol and started worshiping and gradually known as Vazhappully Tharavadu. Guru Muthappan who constructed the temple was a priest, celibate and great sagcl With a long period of prayer and poojas he strengthened the Devi. The Goddess in the temple was adored by the Aadi Muthappan and other old age persons who came from Cochin. In spite of Savarna Medhavithwam (privileges for the upper cast),. the Vazhappully Rajarajeswary temple was the only temple where all casts, especially casts below ezhavas, were allowed to worship the Goddess. After 300 years temple was renovated and the Bhadrakali with'S!i Raja Rajeswary Devi is reinstalled by Sri. Narasimha Swamikal the first disciple of Sri Narayana Guru. The Kalyana mandapa attached to this temple constructed by Vazhapully family members functions aiming only the social service. Vimana Gandharva Pooja - At 12:30 a.m. on 10th of Makaram month every year, ther-e is a Vimana Gandarva pooja. Years ago Vazhappully Kunjavunni Muthappan prayed and meditated the King of Gandharvas and brought before his eyes the Vimana Gandharva, the King of Gandharvas and gave him a place in this temple. Vazhappully Sri Raja Rajeswary temple is the only one temple where Gandharva is given a place and adored. Lot of ladies suffering from Gandharva dosha attains permanent relief from this temple. Since the King of Gandharvas is placed here there is no Gandharva Dosha is exempted from relief. Irrespective of caste and creed, all can take part in Vimana Gandharva pooja with seven days prior abstinence (Vrithanushtanam) to get cure from Gandharva Dosha. Rs. 1011- for Gandharva Pooja. All can take part in pooja on 10th of Makaram month of every year. Rs. 250/- for special arrangement in any other days. Vazhappully Sree Rajarajeswary Temple, Edamuttam, Thrissur, Kerala - 680 568., Ph: 00 91 480 2839249.
Viswanathapuram Subramanya Swami Temple This temple is situated at Irinjalakuda on the Irinjalakuda Chalakkudi route in Trichur district. With an image of a guru, Sree Subramanya Swami, who is advising "Pranavasaramsham" to his father Sree Parameshwaran, facing east is the presiding deity. Subdeities are Ganapathi, Sashtavu, Durgadevi, Idumban swami, Nagarajavu and Yakshi. Abhishekams with milk, tender coconut, rose water, Bhasn'la etc, are the main offerings. This temple was basically built for the suffering low caste Hindus like the ezhavas, at a time when they were not allowed admission into Hindu adoration centres. This temple was constructed under the supervision of the Sree Narayana Bhakta Samudhayodharani Samajam (SNBS) which started to function on the 16th day of the month of Dhanu in 1093. On 20th day of the month Vrishchika 1100 in the malayalam calendar the foundation stone was laid for the temple construction and it was completed on 1103. On the same year, as per orders from Sree. Narayana Guru, Srimadh Bodanandha Swamigal, who was the successor of Guru and the fIrst Madathipathy installed the deities at the temple., and allowed everybody irrespective of religion, caste or creed to enter the temple for adoration. Every year in Shashti day during the month of Makaram the temple festival is observed in a very massive manner. Four groups from different.territories, such as Pullur, Thuravankadu, Kombara and Town Padinjattumuri join the festival with their beautiful flowery kavadies, high-rise gopura kavadies, tabloids.and band accompanied by caparisoned elephants. On Sree Narayana Guru Jayanthi day also, there are festivities. Sree Viswanathapuram Temple, SNBS Samajam, Irinjalakuda, Thrissur - 680 121, Ph : 04802820666
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