Sunday, April 12, 2015

Thrichittatt Mahavishnu Temple

Thrichittatt Mahavishnu Temple is situated in the Mundancavu ward of Chengannur Municipality of Alleppey District.
It is an ancient temple believed to be established by the eldest of the 'Pandavas' Yudhishtira (Dharmaputra).All the Pandava brothers established Mahavishnu temples in and around Chengannur and the second brother Bheema established a temple at Puliyoor in Chengannur Taluk, while Arjuna originally established his temple at Nilakkal which was shifted to Aranmula later and well famed as the 'Parthasarathy temple at Aranmula'.Nakula consecrated Mahavishnu temple at Thiruvanvandoor in Chengannur Taluk and Sahadeva at Thrikkodithanam near Changanacherry.
These five temples along with six other temples including Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple of Thiruvananthapuram are among the most important 108 Mahavishnu temples in India which are known as the abodes of Lord Vishnu.
All the five Pandava Mahavishnu temples have five feet tall idols which has four hands holding 'Conch(Sanghu),Disc (Chakra),Mace (Gada) and Lotus  Flower(padmam).At Puliyoor temple the deity is not holding mace,but since Bheema who established that temple was an expert in 'Gada fight' a big mace is displayed in the temple compound there.
The deity at Thrichittattu Mahavishnu temple is mentioned in the ancient  texts of Tamil Poets 'Alvars' (Azhvars) and they have praised all these five Mahavishnu temples in their poems.The deity at this temple is called as 'Imayavarayappan' in the old Tamil texts.
Even though Mahalakshmi shrine is not there, the concept is that Lakshmi Devi is also residing at these abodes with Mahavishnu.The Mahavishnu of this temple is also called as 'Devathi Deva Perumal'  and Mahalakshmi is existing here as 'Raktapankaja Vally'.
The temple pond at this temple is very large and known as 'Sanghu Theertham'.
After the Kurukshetra war Yudhishtira visited this temple, washed his sword in the temple pond and prayed before the deity of Thrichittatt  Mahavishnu for relieving him from the sins of Killing innocent people and relatives in the war.Yudhishtira who moved along the path of peace,justice,truth and loyalty was sad about all that what had happened and he repented a lot.

The belief about the deity of Thrichittatt  Mahavishnu is that one who repents about his past mistakes and actions which were happened not intentionally would be excused by the Mahavishnu of Thrichittatt temple.Every one has to suffer punishments for their bad actions(Karma) and if prayed at Thrichittatt Mahavishnu temple if those  were not done deliberately,  the punishments would be relaxed or relieved is the belief.It is said that the deity at this temple like his devotees to stick to the qualities like  'Peace,Loyalty,Justice  Truth' etc.

Thursdays and Sundays are very auspicious in this temple.'Palpayasam' is an important offering and the other usual offerings are also there.
There is sub deities of 'Gosala Krishna' and 'Dharma Sastha' in this temple.
The annual festival is for ten days and starts on Atham star day by flag hoisting and finishes on 'Thiruvonam' star day by 'Aarattu' in the Malayalam month of Meenam.(March 15-April 15).

'Dasavathara Charthu Maholsavam' is also another celebration for  ten days during which the deity is everyday decorated as the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu such as 'Matsya,Koorma.Varaha' etc with sandalwood paste.There would be special 'Poojas' and rituals on these days.This event starts on the 'Ashtami Rohini' day in the month of 'Chingam' (Aug-Sept) and performed as offering by the devotees.
'Bhagavatha Sapthaha Yanjam' is also held auspiciously every year in this temple which lasts for seven days.
Mandala-Makaravilakku season from November 15 to mid January is also very important at Thrichittattu Mahavishnu temple.
The temple administration is by Travancore Devaswom Board.
The distance from Chengannur Bus Stand and Railway Station to this temple is only 1.5 km.From Thiruvananthapuram,

Chengannur is 125 km and Main Central Road (M.C.Road)  passes through  Chengannur.The other nearby towns are Thiruvalla,Pandalam,Mavelikkara and Aranmula.

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