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Welcome To Irunilamkode Temple

Irunilamkode is a small village situated in the middle of Mullurkara Panchayath sharply two kilometers from Mullurkara Railway station in Trichur District, Kerala State. There is an ancient temple, very close to the main road. It is under the protection of the archaeological department of Kerala government. This temple is famous for every aspects.The idol is carved on rock at the bottom edge of a small hillock; inside a cave. This hillock lays spread in an area of more than 100 acres with solid rock.

The structure of the deity is very peculiar and rare, perhaps, seen nowhere else. Lord Dhakshinamurthi, the master of all masters, sitting on a pedestal, one leg mounted on the other, head a little lifted up, body leaning towards back and with a charming look at his devotees. All the four hands are bearing the traditional symbols. A shining silver crown, on the head, augments the Lord’s beauty in appearance. The idols of ‘Vishnu’, ‘Sivalinga’, and Devi are also sculptured in the same shrine.

For, thousands of years, this temple was unkonwn and unseen to the public. About 300 years ago some villagers located it accidentally. One day, when it was raining a lady worker went inside the cave. There she started sharpening her sickle. Meanwhile she found a red liquid on her finger tip and feared, it was cut, she checked it. But she could find no mark of any injury.With anxiety and curiosity she observed the rock part where she sharpened her sickle. To her great surprise, she saw the same liquid slowly coming out drop by drop. Her anxiety grew up. She ran to the villagers and told them about the incidence with a choking voice and sobs. They immediately rushed to the spot with thrilling hearts. They found the rock site, watched keenly and carefully.They saw the same liquid coming out.They started removing the bushes grass and creepers slowly and carefully. They convinced the presence of some super human power there. They were stunned when they saw the complete shape of the deity. Some of them went into ecstasy. With folded hands they paid their respects and ‘Pranams’to the Lord.

This temple is renowned for religious harmony. Regardless of caste or creed persons could enter the temple and perform the worship themselves. They were free to touch the lord’s feet. Even before Kerala temple entry promulgation, perhaps, Irunilamkode temple stood first in the history of religious harmony. A number of devotees, not only from Kerala but from Tamilnadu and Karnataka also visited the temple. There is small Devi temple very close to the main temple. The Goddess here worshiped is called Kandankali. The vazhipads held here are also very popular among devotees. ‘POOMOODAL‘ (covering the deity with flowers) is one among them. It is to safeguard a person from all the problems of daily life. The main festival celebrated here is ‘SKANTHA SHASHTY‘. It falls in October or November every year. A number of ‘KAVADI‘s in sets come to the temple yard with singing, dancing and beating on drums with a competitive spirit. The participants are given a small amount as a token to their efforts.”THAIPOOYAM” is another festival observed here. “MAHASHIVARATHRI” is also celebrated here.

The Temple is kept open from 5 am to 12 noon and 5 pm to 7 pm. The offering (Vazhipads) conducted here are very strange and rare. More than 30 items of vazhipads are held here. PAPPADAM CHAVITTAL (Stamping on fried pappadams) is one among the popular vazhipad. This is done for the healing of diseases on the feet. CHOOL VAZHIPAD is another popular one (brooming over the head and neck). This is done for the abnormal falling of hairs found in ladies.
ANNADANAM (Serving of free food) is the main activity of temple. Near about 300-400 devotees are given free food daily. Devotees from all over the country and aboard sponsors found to this purpose. Every year june 1st is observed as a annual day of annadannam. Thousands of people are given sumptuous feast, this day.

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