Thrikodithanam Mahavishnu Temple is one of the 108 divya desam temples situated in Kerala, in the outskirts of the town Changanassery,Kottayam district. This is beleived to be one of the five temples in Kerala built by Panacha Pandavas.Thiruchittatt Maha Vishnu Temple by Yudhishthira, Thirupuliyur Mahavishnu Temple by Bheema, Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple by Arjuna, Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple by Nakula. This Thrikodithanam Mahavishnu Temple by Sahadeva.
As per legend, the Panchapandavas got Mahavishnu idols except Sahadeva. Sahadeva went on a long search and performed tapas,but could not get an idol for his temple. The depressed Sahadeva decided to end his life jumping to a fire pyre. Suddenly an idol of Maha Vishnu idol with Chaturpujam (four arms) emerged from the fire. The idol being a great surprise, it came to be known as Atbhuta Narayana (wonder idol).
The temple is built in Kerala Temple Architecture style, with wooden pillars, doors and roofs.The roof of the temple and some of the pillars have intricate wood and stucco carvings depicting various stories from Ramayana and Mahabharatha.The outer walls around the sanctum have a series of lamps, which are lit during festive occasions. The temples has mural paintings on its walls dating back to early 18 century. Some of them have been restored very recently.
The temple is spread over a sprawling space. The Dwajasthambam and the Deepastamba (Flagpost) is tall and beautiful infront of the sanctum.
The temple pond in front of the temple entrance is called Bhoomi theertham and is very beautiful.
Infront of the eastern entrance, there is a strange granite statue. It is a man flat on his back, on a stone pillar about six feet high. He holds a sangu (conch shell) in his left hand. The idol is a stern reminder that bribery and dishonesty will not be tolerated.
According to folklore,the ruler of Chembakaserry kingdom was a renowned Nambuthiri Brahmin who took pride in the prosperity of his own kingdom and Sri Krishna temple. The King decided to embarrass the rulers of Nanrulainattu by making an untimely visit to the Vishnu Temple. He arrived in Thrikodithanam after the last puja of the day and after the temple was closed. It is considered very inauspicious to open and enter a temple when the Gods are put to rest and resting, but yet, the King forced an entry by bribing the caretaker or the watchman. When the rulers of Nanrulainattu discovered this indiscretion, they became furious and the caretaker was beheaded.The Chambakaserry king too fell ill and died. As a reminder to the offenders ,a stone figure was installed near the temple entrance to show the consequences of disturbing the Gods.
The Moolavar Athpudha Narayanan, also named as "Amirutha Narayanan" in nindra thirukolam (standing posture) facing east. Prathyaksham for King Rukmangathan.
Mangalaasasanam The temple is revered by the verses of Nammalwar
Temple location The temple is around 6 km from Marthandam and 30 km from Nagercoil (in Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu),46 kms from Thiruvanathapuram.
Temple Timings The temple is open from 4:00 AM till 11:00 am noon and from 5:00 pm till 8:30 pm
How to reach?
It is on the outskirts of the Changanacherry town.Autorickshaws or cab can take you there from the railway station.
Famous for: Pilgrimage
Best Season: Throughout the year.
Weather: Summer 33-39°C, Winter 16-28°C . Heavy seasonl rains from June till August
Altitude: Sea level