Thirucchenkundroor, is one of the 108 divya desam temples situated in Kerala. This place is also locally known as Thiruchittatu. It is very near Chengannur railway station.
According to legends, there was a demon called Padmasuran. He did a severe penance towards Lord Shiva and got a boon that if he (Padmasuran) touches any one's head, they will turn to ash. Lord Shiva pleased with Padmasuran's penance, granted him the boon. As soon as he got the boon, he wanted to test it on Lord Shiva Himself, and he came running to touch Shiva's head. Shiva had no other option but to retreat himself and hide from Padmasuran.
With such a powerful boon, Padmasuran wreaked terror and people were afraid to come near him.
Lord Shiva approached Sri Narayana for His help. Sri Narayana took the avatar of Mohini and went before Padmasuran. Padmasuran who fell for Mohini's beauty wanted to court her. Mohini asked padmasuran to have an oil bath first before touching her. A very happy Padmasuran went towards a pond and started applying oil on his body. As soon as he touched his head, he turned into ashes and died. Sri Narayana saved Lord Shiva and gave prathyaksham for Shiva at this place.
Another legend according to local people here is that Dharmaputran (Yudishtran) , during the Mahabharth war, he uttered 'Aswathama hatha' loudly and 'kunjara' feebly, meaning Ashwathma has been killed ( kunjara meaning an elephant). On hearing this word from Dharmar,and knowing that Dharmar will never lie, Dhronacharya, father of Ashwatma was shocked and laid down his arms,beleiving his son Ashwatma was killed. Seeing this opportunity, Pandavas slained him. Dharmar repented very much and considered himself responsible for Dhronacharya's death. To wash away this sin, he constructed a temple for Sri Narayana at this place and prayed to absolve his sins. Because of his sincere prayers and heartfelt repentence, Sri Narayana absolved him of his sins.
It is beleived that any one who comes and prays Lord Imayavarappan here will be absolved of their sins.
The temple is situated in a serene place among lush greenery. As you walk past the arch, you can see a beautiful pond called 'Sangu theertham' towards your right. The temple is a typical Kerala style. As you walk past the copper plate covered flagpost (Kodi maram) into the sanctum, you can see a small mandap. The main sanctum is designed as a circular structure. Beyond the mandap is the sanctum where the main deity Imayavarappan appears majestically in a standing posture with Sri Chakra in his right hand and a lotus on his left hand and on the other left hand he is seen holding a mace ( Kadhayutham).
In the outer prharam , you can see Lord Iyappan sannithis and a sannithi for 'Kosala' Krishna
Moolavar is known as Imayavarappan in a standing posture facing the east.
Thaayar of the temple is Sengkamalavalli.
The temple is revered by the verses of Nammalvar
Temple location In the heart of the Chengannur town around 6 kms from Chenganur railway station
Temple Timings The temple is open from 5:30 AM till 10:00 AM and from 5:00 pm till 7:30 pm
Chengannur is well connected by Rail,Road and Air. The nearest airport is Cochin. Chenganur railway station is a major hub in the Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram),Ernakulam line.
Thirucchenkundroor locally known as Thiruchittatu is 6 kms away from Chenganur railway station. Autorickshaws or cab can take you there. If you are undertaking a pilgrimage to Sabarimala and happen to get down at Chenganur station, you can ask a cab driver to take you to Pancha pandava temples. There are four Divya desams around Chengannur and one near Changancherry all said to have been built and worshipped by the Pandavas
Where to Stay? There are many semi deluxe hotels in Chenganur
Other interesting places around Chengannur There are four Divya desams around Chenganur, Thirupuliyur,Thiruvaranmula, Thiruvanvandoor, and Thrikodithanam near Changancherry all said to have been built and worshipped by the Pandavas. Sri Mahadeva temple and Bhagavathy temple are very famous and must visit. River Pamba flows near the Mahadevan temple and also near Thiruvaranmula where you can have bath before proceeding to Sabarimala.