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Muttathu Thirumala Temple – Cherthala – History

Muttath Tirumala Temple is located at Cherthala in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Sree Venkatachalapathy with Sridevi and Bhudevi, and the Sree Lakshmi Narasimha Shaligram. The temple is a Gowda Saraswat Brahmin temple (GSB). The Narasimha Shaligram is powerful that the temple is now also referred to as Narasimha Temple.

There is a Goddess Lakshmi vigraham in the sreekovil. Hanuman and Garuda have separate sreekovil here. The upa devatas in the temple are Shiva, Ganapathi, Naga and Yakshi.

Muttathu Tirumala Temple History

As per history, the first temple here was built in 1763 CE. The murtis until then was worshiped by Vilaknari Vadika family, who had arrived here from Konkan. The land were the temple now stands, belonged to a Muttathu Namboothiri who worshiped Shiva in a temple here, gave the temple and the land around it to two GSB families – the Alunkal and Kothakulangara families.

On the 1st of July 1974, the deities of the temple along with valuables were stolen. The thief, who was caught, revealed to the court that he was able to take the murtis but could not take away the Golden Casket in which the Sacred Lakshmi Narasimha Salagramam was kept as he got electric shock when he tried to touch it.

The Puna Prathishta was performed on 24th February 1975. The damaged murti of Bhudevi was replaced with a new one.

The temple has Garuda, Ashwa, Chandra, Surya and Sesha vahanas along with wooden and silver palanquins.

The 8-day annual festival in the temple concludes with arattu on Rohini Nakshatra day in Chaitra month (March – April).