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Sri Arputha Narayanan temple

Moolavar : Arputha Narayanan
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Karpagavalli Nachiar
Thala Virutcham : NA
Theertham : Karpagavalli Nachiar
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 2000-3000 years old
Historical Name : NA
City : Tirukadithanam
District : Kottayam
State : Kerala


   The Lord of the temple is praised by Nammazhwar in his prabandham hymn as Lord of Lords (God of Gods).


   Tirukarthikai in November-December is grandly celebrated for 10 days. Deeps (lamps) are lit on the ninth day. This event is called Sangetham. All the lights will be burning till the next day. Devotee crowd will be huge this day. The festival is attributed to the story that Lord Shiva was here in the form of a fire ball threatening to burn the whole region. Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahmma appealed to Lord Shiva to cool down. Responding to their prayer, Shiva reduced the form into into a small deep (lamp) and saved the region on a Tirukarthikai day. Other festivals celebrated in the temple are Gokhulashtami in Aavani month (August-September) and days related to Vishnu worship.

Temple's Speciality:

   The word ?Kadi? is derived from the word ?Kadigai?. Of the 108 celebrated Vaishnavite shrines belonging to Lord Vishnu, three has the suffix Kadigai 1) Sholingapuram known as Tirukadigai, 2) Kandam as Kadinagar in the North, and the one in Kerala as Tirukadithanam. It is firmly believed by the devotees that a prayer just for a second with a pure and dedicated mind on Lord in this place would benefit him/her with success in all efforts and total salvation. It is also said that Perumal in the temple acquires fresh energies once in 60 years and would merge in the space as a lightning towards the end of Kaliyuga.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 5.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


   Sri Arputha Narayana Temple, Tirukadithanam, Kottayam district, Kerala.


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General Information:

   There are idols of Lords Sastha, Muruga and serpent deities around the prakara. It is said that the tall compound wall of the temple was built by Bhoodas described as colossal creatures with huge body and extraordinary strength with a threatening appearance. The word fiend may not be correct English version as Bhoodas are generally shown as a helping group to Gods in our scriptures. There is a human body placed on a stone in front of the temple. The story goes that the king of the region came to the temple for darshan but found the doors closed. But the security received a bribe from the king and opened the doors. As a punishment, his body is placed on a stone, it is said.


   People pray for success in their endeavours and salvation.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform Tirumanjanam to Perumal and Mother.

Greatness Of Temple:

   In a single sanctum sanctorum circular in shape, Lord Arputha Narayana is facing east and Lord Narasimha is facing west. Therefore, there are two flag post individually for both Perumals. It is said Lord Narasimha was installed in later days. On the south side of the sanctum Lord Dakshinamurthy and Lord Vinayaka grace facing south. There are no doors for their shrines. Holes are provided on a wooden plank to see the deities and have the darshan.

Temple History:

   The region was under the rule of one Rukmangathan. Flowers of many varieties grew in his garden. Devas picked these flowers and offered it to Perumal. He came to know that the flowers are stolen from the garden. He ordered that these thieves should be arrested and brought before him. His men, not knowing that the flower pickers were Devas, caught them and produced before the king. Knowing the truth, the king apologized to them and released them immediately. Yet, as they were arrested by humans, Devas lost the power of returning back to their place. When the king asked them what he could do to help them, they told him that if he parted with the benefits of his Ekadasi fasting of years, they would regain the power to go back. The king happily agreed, took them to the Perumal temple and donated the huge benefits he had accrued through years. All these happened within a fraction of second (kadigai), hence the name of the place Tirukadithanam.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based: Perumal in the temple acquires fresh energies once in 60 years and would merge in the space as a lightning towards the end of Kaliyuga.

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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