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Kanadikavu Shree Vishnumaya- Myths and Facts

Apr 02, 2020

Human life is nothing but a medley of aspirations, fears and afflictions. We look for fulfillment and solace in temples and other places of worship. Kanadikavu Sree Vishnumaya Kuttichathan Swamy temple is one such abode where the most benevolent deity of Sree Vishnumaya Kuttichathan showers his blessings abundantly on devotees for gratification of their desires and relief from fears and afflictions. The little Lord Sree Vishumaya Kuttichathan, is ever benign and magnanimous, as he bestows his divine grace on one and all who visits his abode, regardless of gender, religion or cast. It is believed that the legend of Chathan or Sashtha as he became to be known later, goes back hundreds of years when the tribes and Dravidian communities existed in Kerala.

Kanadikavu Sree Vishnumaya Kuttichathan Temple is located at Peringottukkara in Thrissur district with easy access, both by road and rail. It is located just 3 kms from Thriprayar Sree Ramaswami temple and about 23 kms from Thrissur railway station. Legend has it that Konnamuthappan, a great seer and sage, realized that a powerful deity’s presence and blessings was required for the well being of humanity. He prayed to his family deity who appeared before him and advised him to please Lord Vishumaya Kuttichathan swamy, the son of Sree Parameswaran and Adiparashakthi. The Goddess advised him the moola manthra to pray and appease Lord Vishnumaya Kuttichathan. The sage then went to the Himalayas and performed severe penance, which pleased the Kuttichathan Swamy and he accompanied the sage to Peringottukara. Sree Vishnumaya Kuttichathan was invoked and installed at Kanadi.

The members of Kanadi family have since been dutifully carrying out the sacred responsibility of veneration and adulation of Lord Vishnumaya Chathan Swamy, for more than ten generations. The present chief priest of Kanadikavu Sree Vishumaya Kuttichathan Swamy temple, who is also the oldest male member of the Kanadi family, Brahmasree Vishnubharatheeya Swami, along with his four sons, are the custodians of this temple. The chief priest with his immense knowledge on Chathan worship, gained from years of intense spiritual discipline and oblations, guides the devotees and those seeking the blessings of Sree Vishnumaya Chathan, through the right means to attain his benevolence.

Devotees of Lord Ayyappa Swami, who visit Sabarimala with their `irumudikettu’ often pays a visit to Sree Vishumaya Chathan temple on their way to Sabarimala, to seek Chathan’s blessings, as it is believed that Sree Chathan Swami protects them on their journey to Sabarimala. Sree Vishnumaya Chathan being the son of Lord Siva and Goddess Parvathi, is himself all powerful. In addition to his own powers, he has been blessed abundantly by his parents who bestowed on him the powers to protect people from all kinds of afflictions and evil influence and also to grant the wishes and desires of his ardent devotees, those come to him for solace.

It is believed that Chathan Swamy and Hanuman Swamy guards the deity of Sree Ramaswamy at Triprayar even though there are no idols of either built there. During the annual festival of Thriprayar Sreeramaswamy temple, when the deity of Lord Sri Rama is taken in a procession to the Arrattupuzha pooram, the< procession stops at Kanadikavu for the traditional offering of ‘para’. There are no poojas offered at Kanadikavu Sree Vishnumaya Chathan temple after the para till the Lord of Thriprayar returns to his temple the next day. It is believed that Chathan accompanies the Lord of Thriprayar on his journey.

There are other temples by this name at Peringottukara, but the Vishnumaya temple of Kanadikavu is famous for the worship of Sree Vishnumaya Chathan, as the Kanadi family have been involved in the worship and `seva’ of Sree Vishnumaya Chathan for generations in the service of humanity. Konnamuthappan invoked and installed Chathan’s entity at Kanadi where a temple was built to worship Sree Vishnumaya Kuttichathan alongwith 390 other kuttichathans who emerged from Sree Vishumaya Chathan during a fierce battle with the evil Brungasuran. This is a long story, which shall be narrated in another blog here. The sole purpose of Sree Vishnumaya Chathan’s birth was to destroy the evil Brungasuran, who posed a grave threat to humans and the Devas alike. After obliterating Brungasuran, Chathan took upon himself the responsibility of serving humanity and protecting humankind forever. He achieves this through Brahmasree Vishnubaratheeya Swami and his sons who carry out the rigorous and stringent practices of Chathan seva on behalf of the devotees, for the fulfillment of their desires and to alleviate them from afflictions.