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Ramamangalam Perumthrikkovil Narasimha Temple – Festival – History

Ramamangalam Perumthrikkovil temple is located at Ramamangalam in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Narasimha Murti – the man-lion incarnation of Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu. The sankalpam in the temple is of Bala Narasimha – peaceful form of Narasimha Avatar. The 10-day annual festival ends on the next day of Vishu in Meda masam (April 15 or 16).

The shrine is believed to have been built by Cheraman Perumal between 8th and 12th century AD. The Brahmins of the region did not allow Cheraman Perumal to watch the kalashamadal ceremony after the pratishta in the temple. Cheraman Perumal was saddened by this act of Brahmins and started to walk away from the temple. Suddenly Sastha appeared holding a stick and drove the Brahmins away from the temple. This deity is worshipped in the temple as Unni Bhootham in the temple.

Ramamangalam Perumthrikkovil is a big temple with a huge temple wall known as Anappalla mathil, two tier praveshana gopuram, Aana panthal, oottupura and koothambalam.

The temple has two flag posts one in front of the Narasimha temple which is around 23 meter and one in front of Unni Bhootham which is around 1 meter in height.

The Balikkapura in the temple is considerably big. There is a vilakkumadam in front of the chuttambalam. There are beautiful sculptures in the mughamandapam. The vatta sreekovil has paintings on its walls. There are daily five pujas and three sheeveli.

The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Koovalathu Mootil Bhagavathi, Sastha, Goddess Durga, Bhadrakali, Rakshas and Sarpam.

The main offering in the temple is Pal Payasam. A part of all the offering to Narasimha murti in the temple is shared with unni bhootham.

The 10-day festival in the temple is known as Anguradi – Mulayittu Kodiyettal. The mulayidal ritual is the growing of 12 kind of different seeds or grains. This is done in a separate area and pujas are performed daily here during the festival period. The significance of this ritual is that the temple festival includes all aspects of nature including plants.

Some of the important rituals and pujas during the 10-day festival includes kodi koora ezhunellippu, shuddhi, Ganapati puja, navakam, panchagavya and utsava bali from 2nd to the 5th day of the festival.

The tallest elephant and big thidambu is reserved for Unni Bhootham. The sword and shield (valum parichayum) of Perumthrikkovil Appan is carried by a member of the Kudumbanattu Kartha family.

The festival is also famous for Ramamangalam Thimila a special method of playing Thimila.

The temple pond or pushkarani is known as kokkarani and has steps to reach the bottom. Kokkarani is smaller than the usual temple pond.