108 Divya Desams !! Thirumoozhikkalam Sri Moozhikkalanathan Perumal Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Thirumoozhikkalam/Lakshmana Kshetram is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu located in Eranakulam District, (Nedumbassery Airport) Kerala.

Presiding deity – Sri Moozhikkalanathan/Sri Moozhikkalathan/Sri Sukthanatha Perumal with his consort Goddess Madhuraveni Nachiyar

Mangalasasanam – Nammalvar, Thirumangai Alwar

Theertham – Perunkulam Theertham, Shankha Theertham, Sittaru (Chalakkudi Puzha)

Vimanam – SoundaryaVimanam

Worshipped by – Sage Haritha (son of Sage Vishwamitra), Deva Rishi Brhaspathi, Lakshmana, Bharatha,

Festivals – Thai Festivals, Vaikundha Ekadashi,

Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Krishna, Goddess Bhagavathi, Lord Ayyappa, Lord Rama with Goddess Sita & Lord Anjaneya, Lord Dakshinamurthy,

The legend has that Lord Krishna worshipped the idols of Lord Rama, Lakshman, Bharatha and Shatrugna at his palace in Dwaraka.  The entire Dwaraka was submerged in the ocean; but the idols were safely lingered in the hands of Sage Vakel Kaimal.  On that night Lord Krishna appeared before the Sage and instructed him to sanctify and install these idols on the river banks of Bharathapuzha.  The idols were installed as per the instructions of Lord and these temples were come to known as Lord Rama Temple at Triprayar, Bharatha Temple at Irinjalakuda, Shatrugna Temple at Payamallil and Lakshmana Temple at Eranakulam.

Lord Rama with Goddess Sita and Lakshman lived in Chitrakoodam during their exile from the Kingdom Ayodhya.  Bharatha came to know about the painful incident of Lord Rama’s exile and became inconsolable.  He hurried to Chitrakoodam to meet his loving brother and pleaded him to return to Ayodhya.  Lakshmana who was always vigilant stood beside Lord Rama miscalculated the unexpected arrival of Bharatha and was mentally prepared to fight against him.  Later, Lakshmana felt guilty after witnessing the boundless affection of these two brothers, he lamented at his thought and arrived on this sacred land to get rid of the sin. 

Another legend has that Sage Haritha underwent severe penance praying to Lord Vishnu on this sacred land.  Lord was pleased at the devotion of the Sage and appeared before him.  Sage Haritha earnestly prayed to Lord to suggest an easiest way to attain salvation at this era of Kaliyuga.  The compassionate Lord Vishnu advised Sage that, whoever follows Varnashrama Dharma, performing their duties and responsibilities prescribed in the sacred scriptures, whoever follows righteous life and engages in the self-less worship of Lord would attain Salvation.  Further, Lord Vishnu described the essence of Veda and Vendanga (Sri Suktham) to Sage Haritha on this sacred place.

This temple remains open from 3.00AM to 12.00PM in the morning and 4.00PM to 11.00PM in the evenings.

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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