Moreover, it is haunted throughout the year, except on Ekadasi
falling in the Malayalam month of Kumbham, corresponding to Feb,
when thousands of devotees pass through this cave with great
enthusiasm. After coming out, they take bath in several adjoining
thirthas such as Patala, Papanasami, kombu which are equally reputed
for purging off sins. Tradition records that Pancha Pandavas passed
through this on their visit.
Another reverential belief current in these parts is the
famous river Bharatapuzha supposed to have been brought by
Parasurama. It has many holy kshetras built on its banks, and it is
as holy as the Gangas, and so called Dakshina Ganga. Among the five
vaishnavate pilgrimage centres, Tiruvilwamala, Tiruchikkuzhi,
Tirituala Tirunavayi and Tirumittakudu Tiruvilwamila is famous. And compared to Manikarnika on the banks, of Ganges.