pradakshan, begins the darsan of the principal deities. Surprise
greets the devotee first on entering the Vadakkunathan Ambalam. The
Mahalinga obtained by Parasurama is installed here facing west, but
due to offering of constant abhisheka with cow's ghee, it is formed
into a tall 10-foot-high mound. Though it is surrounded by burning
brass oil lamps round the clock and for centuries at it, the mound
neither melted off, nor lost its shape. Is it not due to Sivamahima?
Yes, the Vadakkunathan's eternal miracle!! The temple's unique
blessing too!!! Moreover, one sees neither insect, nor his nose is
assailed by bad odour. This centuries - old ghee is in great demand
for making herbal preparations to cure diseases. The ghee abhisheka
being the Lord's favourite, devotees offer it with due prayers.
Behind this is situated the Mother Parvathi's shrine. The icon is
made of wood and faces east. Its beauty draped in glittering
jewellery and colourful garlands enthrals the devotees. The
twostoreyed t ample for Sri Rama is located to the south end of this
A mbalam. It is facing west, like that of the Lord Siva's shrine.
The icon of Sri Rama is quite majestic with four hands adorned
Sudarsana Chakra, Sankha, Koumodaka and a fully blossomed Tamara.
Abhisheka with oil alone is offered unlike ghee in the Vadakkunathan
shrine. The idol laden with colourful garlands and shining gold
ornaments appears extremely radiant, lit by the flickering oil lamps