you enter through the main gate, you come to Balikapura, where you see an
unusually large size Valivilakku - a celebrated lamp burning bright with five
wicks. Normally every devotee offers prayers first to this, as it is associated
with divine connections. And it came to this spot under circumstances that impel
instant genuflexions. It is, as the word goes round was installed in 1545 A.D.
and is burning since then without a minute's break. Of the many kinds of
offerings to the temple, pouring of oil with rituals is one and it is given top
importance. And it is so big that it contains nearly 3 liters of oil. As every
visitor invariably worships it with oil offering, it is seen always overflowing!
The excess is collected in vessels. Miraculously the quantity that is preserved
is quite adequate for burning all the lamps on festive occasions, requiring
scores and scores of tons, in addition to daily use. How
grand! It springs another surprise. The soot collected on the cover of this lamp
cures eye diseases. Hence the craze for collection. It is believed that the
worshipping this lamp with vows releases the victims of the evil spirits from
their grip. That is the power of the holy lamp and its awe-some background. Now