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Palan Pulayan Temple, Dedicated To a Dalit Farm Worker, Breaks the Barriers of Caste in Kerala

Palan Pulayan was a dalit farm worker who lived in the eighteenth century in Kanjeettukara, near Kozhencherry in Kerala. The shrine is maintained by an upper caste nair family. He is lovingly known as Palan Appooppan and hundreds of people visit the  Palan Pulayan Temple to seek his blessings.
The Hindu reports 
The myth of Palan Pulayan, a Dalit farm worker who lived in the eighteenth century, and a temple dedicated to him by the Chittedathu Nair family in Kanjeettukara, near Kozhencherry, has broken the barriers of caste and religion. 
The wayside shrine at Kanjeettukara in the foothills of Ponmala houses an idol of Palan Pulayan wielding a sickle in his right hand. 
The shrine, now, is a place of worship drawing people from all castes and religions. Palan Pulayan is believed to have been the head farm worker of the Chittedathu family having a lineage of 700 years. 
Myth has it that Palan, while tilling the farm, once got a treasure box of gold coins and a golden pumpkin. He handed over the treasure to the head of the Chittedathu family. 
Palan was later attacked by a tiger and in the tussle both he and the animal were killed. 
The Nair family head had a vision that Palan was a man of saintly qualities. He then constructed a shrine dedicated to the worker. 
People express their gratitude to Palan Appooppan in various forms. They light candles and offer farm produces such as coconuts, ghee, lamp, and so on.