Sabarimala Trip and Visit to Kerala Divya Desams – 2

Continued from the previous post

Our next temple was Thiru Vanvandur Pambanai Appan temple

3. Pambanai Appan temple at Thiru Vanvandur 

The temple is located at about 5 kms South West of Thiruvalla on the Erimala route, on the banks of the Pamba River.

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  • One of the 108 Divya desams
  • One of the five Pancha Pandava temples (Anjambalams) created by Nakula

Quick Facts

Moolavar  : Paambanai Appan, Kamalanathan West Facing Standing Posture
Goddess   : Kamalavalli Nachiyar
Azhvaar   : NamAzhvaar- 11 Paasurams
Time        : 5am-1130am and 5pm-8pm
Contact   : Parameswaran @ 0479 2427808


  • The Lord is called Pambanai appan (Pamba – anai – appan) since the river Pamba encircles the temple.
  • Narada Purana: Cursed by Brahmma in the course of a heated argument, Sage Narada undertook penance invoking Lord Vishnu to relieve him from the curse. Narada is said to have got the boon, from Vishnu, of being the one to disperse and spread ‘Tatvagnana (truthful wisdom)’ to the mankind. Delighted at having had darshan of Lord Vishnu in his full form, Narada is said to have created the ‘Naradiya Purana’, formulating the various ways of worshipping the Lord in an extensive document comprising of 25000 verses.
  • One of the younger Pandava brothers, Nakula, renovated the Thiruvanvandur temple. Lord is seen here with Conch, Chakra, Spear and Mace.


At the Western entrance, one finds sculptures relating to Kalinga Narthana and also Dasavathara.
Nam Azhvaar praises Vanvandur Lord as the one who has a dark face with red lips, lotus eyes, lotus feet and has Discus and Conch as his identification marks

We then proceeded to Thiruchittaru Imayavarappan temple at Chengannur

4. Thiruchittaru Imayavarappan temple at Chengannur

Located at about 1km West of the Chengannur Railway Station is the East facing Imayavarappan Divya Desam in Chengannur. This Chengannur Divya Desam is better known as the Dharma Raja temple or Thiru Chitraru Vishnu temple in Thiru Chenkundroor.



  • One of the 108 Divya desams
  • One of the five Pancha Pandava temples (Anjambalams) created by Dharmar

Quick Facts:

Deity : Imayavarappan East Facing Standing Posture
Goddess : Shengamalavalli
Azhvaar : NamAzhvaar- 11 Paasurams (3480-90)

Temple Time : 5:30 am – 10 am and 5 pm-7:30 pm
Priest : Mohan Rao @ 94976 74799 / 0479 2456672


  •  An asura, who had obtained lofty boons from Lord Shiva troubled the Devas at this place. Lord Subramanya is said to have come here and killed the asura.
  • Unhappy at being the cause of the death of his Guru Drona (by announcing the death of Aswathama, ‘the elephant’), Dharma Raja, the eldest of the Pandava brothers, came to this place and undertook penance to get peace of mind. He is said to have created the idol and built this temple. This is believed to be the first of the Vishnu temples built by the Pandavas in this region.
  • Another story goes that Imayavars (Devas) undertook penance at this place invoking the blessing of Lord Vishnu. Hence, the Lord here is referred to as ‘Imayavar Appan’.

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View from inside

Chengannur Divyadesam

Our next stop was Puliyur (Kutta naadu) Divya Desam near Chengannur.

5. Mayapiran temple at Puliyur (Kutta naadu)

Located 6 kms West of Chengannur Railway Station on the Mavelikera State Highway is the Maya Piran Divya Desam in Thiru Puliyur.


  • One of the 108 Divya desams
  • One of the five Pancha Pandava temples (Anjambalams) created by Beema

Quick Facts

Moolavar : Mayapiran East Facing Standing Posture
Goddess   : Por Kodi Nachiyar
Azhvaar   : NamAzhvaar- 11, Thirumangai Siriya Thiru Madal
Temple Time : 5am-11am and 5pm-8pm
Priest : Unni Krishnan Namboodari @  99478 31069, 0479-246 4825


  • Bheema Kshetram: Bheema undertook penance at this place and created the Puliyur Divya Desam. Hence, this place is referred to as Bheema Kshetram.
  • This is one of the two ‘Puliyur’ Divya Desams, the other one being Sirupuliyur in Kollumangudi near Mayavaram. Nam Azhvaar refers to this Divya Desam as ‘Kutta Naatu Siru Puliyur’ in his Tiruvoimozhi Verse.
  • King Sibhi’s son Vrishadarbi faced personal illness and his kingdom experienced drought. He wanted the Saptha Rishis to help him out of his troubles, in return for which he promised to fill their coffers. Unhappy with this move to tempt them with money, the Rishis not only refused the money but also decided against helping him out. Not to be outdone, and angry with their refusal to relieve him of his problems, he undertook a yagna out of which appeared demon whose task it was to kill these Rishis. Fearing for their lives, the Rishis invoked the blessings of Vishnu, who directed Indra to protect them. Indra came on a Tiger and killed the demon. Hence, this place is called ‘Puli’yur.
  • Lord Vishnu provided darshan as well as moksham to the Saptha Rishis.
  • Lord took the name ‘Mayapiran’ at this kshetram


The temple is located at an elevated ground level.
Since this is the Bheema kshetram, there is a peculiar offering of food prepared of 400 measures of rice to the Lord.

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Then we passing through the outskirsts of Chengannur and proceeded towards Aranmula where the famous boat race takes place.

To be continued….


  1. I want a list of parasuraman created or worshipped temples in kerala – easy to take print and for marking – as I already visited more than 100 temples in kerala for past 10 yrs with the help of books published in tamil by – Uma Hariharan Alleppy & old author Bharanitharan (kerala kovilgal)

  2. It is great to see the photos and read the history. I doubt very much I could visit any of the temples and pray. I am 75 yrs and with medical problems At least I sseeing on the Internet. Thanks again Devraj

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