- Imaiyavarappan Ambalam
Vaishnava kshetra of immense prominence recalls to memory the disastrous
over-credulousness of Lord Maheswar, who was about to be converted into ashes,
if the timely succor was not extended by Sri Mahavishnu. The enormously popular
episode of granting the boon by Lord Siva to converting into ashes anything to
Bhasmasura - the ash demon was enacted here and a temple for Mahavishnu was
built later to perpetuate the propriety of His attribute - Aapadbhandava -
Protector of kinsman in times of insurmountable peril. The Lord assuming the tantalizing
beauteous form of Jaganmohini descended at this spot and by his inimitable
craftiness put an end to the ingrate Bhasinasura by his own boon. This temple is
an ancient one built in the Kerala architectural style and the garbhagriha is
adorned with Jagatjyoti Vimana. The icon of the Lord is facing west and gives
darsan with his consort Sengamalavalli Natchiar. There are two Pushkarinis -
Sankha thirtha, Tirusittar thirtha supplying water to the visitors for bathing
and to the temple for holy abhisheka purposes. Regular worship is offered
according to Vaishnava sampradaya and the annual festivals are celebrated with
great eclat. This Chera desa Vaishnava kshetra is popular as Malai Nadu Tirupati.
Among the Alwars, Nammalwar offered his worship with immortal flowery verses of
inexplicable sweetness. This kshetra is known by other names such as
Tiruchitravar and Tiruchenganur.
is 40 km off Kotrakaram and a mile off Chenganur, a famous temple town of
Kerala, accessible by bus or auto etc.