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Niram Kaitha Kotta Temple – Facts – Story - Festival

Niramkaitha Kotta temple, also known as Niram Kaitha Kotta Sastha temple, is located in Vallikkunnu village in Malappuram district, Kerala. The main murti worshipped here is of Bala Sastha. The murti is swayambhu or divine origin. At noon or for uccha puja the deity is worshipped as Bhagavan Sri Rama.

The temple is located atop a small hill. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Shiva and Ganapathi. The murti of Ganapathi is consecrated inside the Sastha temple. The Shivling worshipped in the temple was brought from Kashi.

Water dripping from a rock inside the temple is used to cook naivedya. The holy water from this well which never dry or overflow is believed that the water is from holy Ganga River. The water in the well never get sunlight. There is a way to this underground well from inside the temple.

The temple is famous for its sculptures in wood. Pattukottil is unique structure here and its roof is covered with copper. Scenes from Ramayana are carved in wood here.

Kalamezhuthu pattu is held in Makaram month (January – February). The festival is famous as Pattuthsavam. The general practice of Kodiyettu is not performed in this festival. Instead Homam is performed to commence the festival. Each day the Kshethra Komaram Kurup draws the image of Ayyappa in the Kalam using various powders.

As per history, the temple was one of the important shrines of Parappanad kings.

Legend has it that Vilwamangalam Swamiyar who was an ardent devotee of Bhagwan Sri Ram once performed puja in the temple at noon in the sankalpam of Sri Rama. From that day onwards, the uccha puja is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ram. There are thousands of monkeys residing here and they are believed to be the descendants of the Vanarasena in the Ramayana.