Friday, 18 August 2017

Lord Subramanya Is Worshipped Here In Brahmachari Bhava - Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple - Kidangoor, Kottayam

Kidangoor Subramanya Swamy Temple is one of the biggest and ancient Subrahmanya temple in Kerala. It stands on the bank of Meenachil river by the Kidangoor – Manarcad road, one kilometer south of Kidangoor Junction in the Ettumanoor – Poonjar highway in Kottayam District of Kerala. Kidangoor is historically one of the 64 villages of the Namboodiris established by Parasurama. It was the boundary of the Thekkumkur-Vadakkumkur Kingdoms. The 14 Brahmin families of Kidangur were the owners of this temple. Out of the 14 Brahmin families some did not have male descendants, so those who had male members became the sole owners of this temple even to the present day.

Kidangoor Subramanya Swamy Temple Main Entrance
Kidangoor Subramanya Swamy Temple Main Entrance
Lord Subrahmanya in this temple is famous as Thrukkidangoorappan. Parighapuresan is another name for the Lord because Kidangoor is also alled Parighapuram. Subrahmanya is worshipped in Brahmachari Bhava. Lord considers all women who enters in the temple as His mother (Goddess Sree Parvathy). When mother comes to see her son he has to bow and worship her by leaving the Sreekovil. In order to avoid this difficulty, women are not permitted to enter inside the nalambalam. They can worship the lord by entering into the Valiyambalam through Balikkalppura. When Lord Muruka comes out of the temple nalambalam during Utsavam for ezhunnallathu, pallivetta,sheeveli etc there is no restriction for women to worship Him.

Kidangoor Subramanya Swamy Temple Kodimaram
Kidangoor Subramanya Swamy Temple Kodimaram
It is believed that the idol of Subramanya Swami came out of the ‘Kamandulu’ or pot carried by maharsi Gauna when it tiled and the water lowed out. According to the legends the Gauna Nadi (Meenachil river) starts from the Kamandalu of Gauna Maharshi like the river Kaveri from Agasthya Maharshi's Kamandalu. Hence this river got the name Gauna Nadi. Gauna Maharshi filled his Kamandalu with Sapthanadi Theertham (water from the 7 holy rivers - Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswathy, Sindhu, Narmmada, Godavari and Kaveri). A beautiful idol of Lord Subrahmanya was also kept in his kamandalu. He was eagerly waiting for the Darshan of Lord Sree Rama in his return journey to Ayodhya after killing Ravana. Sree Rama was accompanied by large number of devotees like Vibhishana, Sugreeva, Hanuman and Angada in the Pushpaka Vimana. So Maharshi Gauna could not see Lord Sri Rama and Sita Devi properly. So the angry Gauna threw the kamandalu away and the idol of Subrahmanya Swami came out. These incidents occurred on a hill and since then the hill is known as Kudamuruttimala. This flow of water became a river and thus the present Gauna nadi was formed. Along with the flow of the water, the idol was carried away to the Vishnu temple in Kidangoor and was later installed in a new sreekovil. This is the present Kidangoor Subrahmanya Swami Temple. So the water in Gauna river is as holy as the Sapthanadi Teertham.

Other Entrance Of Kidangoor Subramanya Swamy Temple
Other Entrance Of Kidangoor Subramanya Swamy Temple
Bharata Muni’s concept of Natya Shastra is evident in the sculptural work inside the Kuthambalam. So this is different from all other Kuthambalams of various temples of Kerala. It is believed that Peunthachan designed this koothambalam. The scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharatha are beautifully sculptured on the Ragamandapam of the Kuthambalam. There is a huge pillar curved out of the wood of “Kurumthotti”-a medicinal plant. Inside the hall there is a vigraha of Devi Bhuvaneswari. Woman are not allowed to enter the Kuthambalam and the ‘Nalambalam’ ’Koothu ‘ and ‘Koodiyattom’ are performed inside the Koothambalam. A special performance of ‘Brahmachari Koothu’ is conducted only in this temple and this temple and this is for the benefit of those who have no children. Mahamaya Devi, enshrined in the Kuthambalam facing south is well inside by devotees for the removal of all their problems and for the destruction of enemies. During the Annual Festival Chakiyar Koothu is conducted regularly.

View Of Kidangoor Subramanya Swamy Temple Complex
View Of Kidangoor Subramanya Swamy Temple Complex
Lord Mahavishnu, locally known as Vadakkumthevar, is worshipped with equal importance in the temple. The sreekovil of Lord Vishnu is to the north of the Subrahmanya sreekovil within the same nalambalam. The idol of Mahavishnu is in Chathurbahu form wearing Sankha, Chakra, Gada and Padma. Vishnu temple has ashtadikpalakadi parivaraprathishta and namaskara mandapam. The Vishnu temple is more ancient than the Subrahmanya temple. Pushpanjaly, Bhagya sooktha Archana, Nei vilakku, Paalppayasam, Thrikkai Venna, Vella nivedyam, Vishnu Pooja, Thrimadhuram, Thulassi Maala, Muzhukkappu and Thirumugam charthal are the main offerings for Vadakkumthevar.

Kidangoor Subramanya Swamy Temple Prakaram
Kidangoor Subramanya Swamy Temple Prakaram
Sri Dharma Sastha is also worshipped in the temple. Sastha's sreekovil(shrine) is located to the south-west corner of the main temple. Pushpanjaly, Nei Vilakku, Neeranjanam, Vella nivedyam, Ellu Payasam, Muzhukkappu(Chandanam Charth) and Thirumugam(Chandanam Charth) are the main offerings for Sastha. There is a Bhagavathi(Bhuvaneswari) Prathishta (facing south) on a pillar inside the Koothambalam. Pushpanjaly, Raktha pushpanjaly, Guruthi, Vara nivedyam, Kadumpayasam and Vella nivedyam are the main offerings for Bhuvaneswari.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 04:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Evening Timings : 05:00 PM To 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Kidangoor Subramanya Swami Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located in Kidangoor near Ayarkkunnam in Kottayam district in the Indian state of Kerala. It is one of the renowned Subramanya temples in Kerala which is estimated to be at least 1500 years old. The temple is located on Manarcaud - Kidangoor state highway, near the banks of Meenachil river. It is about 2 km from Kidangoor and 5 km from Ayarkunnam.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Kidangoor Subramanya Temple,
Near Ayarkkunnam,
Pin Code : 686 583,
Phone : 04822 254478 ; 04822 257978

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