Attributing this to Devi's act, the King consecreled her image in the
temple, appointing 1000 persons, besides 28 Nambudri Illoms to conduct prayer
services under the guidance of the runaway priest. He remodeled certain parts
making the shrine resemble Madurai Meenakshi temple. The image of Mother was
made of Anjalakal - antimony sulphate instead of stone as found in all temples.
temple celebrated TriKarthika festival in the month of Vrischikam falling in
Nov-Dec on an unprecedented scale. It was on this holy day, the Devi took her
Karthika bath and performed several rituals on the bank in the pond with great
ardour. The principal deities of Vadakkunathan and Udayanapuram temples standing
on the compound wall watched the myriad splendours of the Devi engaged in
worshipping and returning with her retinue to the temple. Her austerity pleased
them most and hence their observation with unbounded zeal. So the priests then
placed the Naivedyam on the walls of the respective temples. And since then this
practice is continued. Has strangeness any limit? Are gods exonerated from its
famous shrine dedicated to Lord Subrahmanya and Devi Parvati is about 3 km off
Kottayam in Kerala.