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Avanangattil Kalari Vishnumaya Temple – Kuttichathan Temple - Story - Rituals

Avanangattil Kalari Vishnumaya temple is located at Peringottukara in Thrissur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Vishnumaya and is also known as Chathan or Kuttichathan. The darshanam of Avanangattil Kalari Kuttichathan is towards east.

The deity worshipped here is in ferocious form. The deity rides a water buffalo and holds kuruvadi (magic wand) and amruta kumbham (elixir).

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Valiyachanmar.

Avanangattil Kalari Vishnumaya Temple Story

Legend has it that famous tantric and manthrikan, Punjanellor Bhattathiri had 400 chathans under his control. He gave 390 chatans to Unnitthamani Panicker and Kellu Unni Panicker – twin brothers of Avanangattil Kalari. It is said that in exchange, the twin brothers gave their Upasana Murti Ganapathy to Punjanellor Bhattathiri.

The 10-day main festival known as Vellattu is held in Kumbham month (February – March). As per tradition, those performing the Vellattu pooja have to perform the puja jumping in standing position. Special rituals are performed during the festival to get the blessings of Bhuta Ganas and Gurus.

No elephant is allowed during the festival as there is a Prathishta of Narasimha in the Kalari.

Another belief is that when Triprayar Thevar goes for Arattupuzha Pooram, Avanangattil Chathan accompanies him as his bodyguard. There is also a belief that Avanangattil Chathan is the son of Triprayar Thevar.

Daily ritual in the temple includes Niyogam by Velichapad. Important pujas and rituals are held on Velutha Vavu (full moon day) and Karutha Vavu (No moon day). The rituals in the temple are based on Saktheya tradition. The pujas are performed by the family of Kellunni Panicker.