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Sree Iravan Temple Panangattiri – History – Festival

Sree Iravan temple, also known as Koothanda Mantham temple, is located at Panangattiri on the Kollamkode – Elavanchery road in Palakkad district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Iravan, son of Arjuna in the Mahabharata. It is believed that this is the only Iravan temple in Kerala.

As per history, Iravan is the family deity (kula devata) of ten families who took refuge here from Kaveripoompattinam. The families include Moothan, Tarakan, Mannadiyar, Vadhyar, Panickar, Chettiar and Guptan.

Ulupi, mother of Iravan, is also worshipped in the temple.

The Prathishta in the temple is Shila and square platform. The deity faces east. Puja is performed by Tamil Gurukkal.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathi, Mariyamma and Cheerma Bhagavathy.

The annual festival in the temple is held on Amavasya or no moon day in Makaram month. The festival is known as Koothanda Vela or Iravan Pongal Mahotsavam. Few days before the festival a wooden sculpture of Iravan is made using Aramballi Maram (tree). This huge figure is a major attraction of this festival. The effigy of Iravan is decorated with hay and bamboo and the headgear is painted in green.