famous ancient Siva Ambalam enshrines one of the very three
Sivalingas given to the demon bhakta Khara by Bhaktavasankar. Its
legends are as awe-inspiring as the sports of the Lord imbued with
inexplicable mystery. The awe-inspiring history of the ambalam dates
back to the Treta yuga; and its glory originates from the
inexhaustible devotional springs of Khara - a great demon, though
served that indomitable and wicked Ravanabrahma, he is a Sivabhakta
of an exceptional type. Being a domineering military general with
unprecedented commandership, he was entrusted with the rulership of
a large territory in Dandakaranya and was related to Ravana through
his father. His ardent devotion reached the point of consummation
with obtaining several boons from Lord Siva, propitiated at
Chidambaram at the instance of his Preceptor Malayavan.
the boons blessed with, three Sivalingas take precedence over
others. They were big in size and grand in appearance. For taking
them home, he adopted an odd method - carried one in each hand and
the third in the mouth. When felt tired on the way, he alighted at
the spot, where the Vaikatappan Ambalam stands now. He placed the
linga, he was carrying in mouth here and after a while, he lifted
it, but failed. He found Vyagrapada Maharshi passing that way, while
repenting over the predicament. Realising his spiritual wealth, he
entrusted to him the holy work of installing the sacred Sivalinga.
Comprehending the divinity of the soil and its environs, he decided
to instal one Sivalinga at Ettamanur and the other at Kaduthuruthi.
As planned, he did, and made the three places great Siva kshetras of
eternal spiritual significance. It has many legends and they raised
the eminence of the 'temple to the pinnacle of glory.
lies about 15 km of Kottayam, one of the premier cultural centres of
Kerala enjoying all transport facilities.