Kumaranalloor Devi Temple

Kumaranalloor Devi temple is one of the most important Devi temples among the 108 Durgalayas ( Devi temples ) in Kerala. Having more than 2400 years of age, as per historical and mythological evidence as well as other sources of information. This temple attracts devotees from all over the world keeping its sacredness. Moreover, it is a cynosure of worshippers by diffusing its vigour and vital force of Devi. The complete architecture of the temple is exemplary in its characteristics. The unique structure of the Naalambalam and Sreekovil in the ‘Sree chakra' style (ring-like object with a handle, placed in the right hand of the Devi) is important and found rare in temple architecture. The temple is altogether a combination of Bhakti and Art.

Mahatmyam

Cheraman Perumal was the ruling emperor of Kerala at that time, i.e., before 2400 years. He began the construction of a temple at Udayanapuram to install the idol of goddess Durga; while commenced the construction of another temple at a place (which is later known as Kumaranalloor) to install the idol of lord kumara or Subramanian. Meanwhile, there was an incident at Madurai Meenakshi temple at Madurai in Tamil Nadu. The gem-studded nose ring of Devi was stolen or found missing. This shocking news came to the palace. The king ordered an enquiry. At the same time, he ordered to kill the priest of the temple unless he could solve this problem within 41 days. Because the nose ring would not be lost without his consent & intimation or knowingness. However, the priest was innocent. He was confused and perplexed in this dilemma. He took refuge at the feet of Devi.

Days and weeks passed. At last, the 40 th night came. The grief-stricken priest was crying and praying. Mentally affective he slept at the doorsteps of the temple, meditating and contemplating his fate that his life would reach an end the next day. However, he had a dream at the night. Devi appeared before him and ordered him to quit the place at once. The perplexed and bewildered priest winked his eyes. He had seen Tejas (Divine Light) moving forward. He followed it without awareness of where he was going. The Tejas led him a long distance and finally reached the place later known as Kumaranalloor. At Kumaranalloor, the temple was under construction to install the idol of lord Subramanyan or Kumaran.

Later Perumal returned to Kumaranalloor with Devi's idol and began the preparation of installing it there. Yet another thought originated in his mind that the idol has to be changed. There was an idol lying in the water at Vedagiri a nearby place. Perumal brought the idol from Vedagiri. Maharshi Parasurama made and worshipped the idol in past. At the time of installation, a Brahmin Sage with matted hair, came and entered the Sreekovil and installed the idol in a second. Soon he vanished. Still, people believe that the brahmin sage was Maharshi Parashurama. The brahmin priest, who followed the Tejas from Madurai, became the priest of the temple. His residence is known as Madurai Illam. His successors worship Devi even today.

History

Kumaranalloor is an ancient cultural centre. This place was known as ‘Thingalkkadu', before the temple. Over time the name ‘Thingalkkadu' changed and was later known as ‘Indu Kaananam'. In some ancient scripts, this temple is described and known as Mahishari Kovil (temple). Period of Perumal

As per historical evidence, the temple was built by the great Kerala King Cheraman Perumal. During this period, the temple was installed and the assets for this temple were given by the king Perumal. He formed the Ooranma and other Nattukoottams (groups of villages) for the day-to-day activities of the temple and for the villages surrounding the temple.

During this period Kumaranalloor became one of the Malayala Gramam(village). King Perumal built the necessary activity centres belonging to the temple. This temple was the epic centre of social, cultural and political activities. During his generations in power, Kumaranalloor temple and village had all the privileges and his keen interest and faith in Kumaranalloor Devi made the temple famous.