Kodumbu Kalyana Subramanya Temple Festival – History – Story

Kodumbu Kalyana Subramanya Temple is located at Kodumbu
village and is around 5 kilometers from Palakkad in Kerala. Kodumbu Kalyana Subramanya
Temple Thaipooyam festival 2022 date is January 12 to January 18. Kodumbu
Kalyana Subramanya temple Skanda Sashti – Soorasamharam date is November 10.

The temple is locally known as Pazhani of Kerala. Thiruppugazh
Arunagirinathar has stated that Kodumbu is half of Pazhani.

Kodumbu Kalyana Subramanya Temple Festivals 

The annual festival in the temple is known as Kodumbu
Ratholsavam and is observed 10 days starting on the Bharani Nakshatra on
Makaram month. The last three day of the festival is famous for chariot procession.
The deities sit on beautiful carved chariots with elaborate decorations and they
are pulled through the streets by devotees.  The festival concludes on the Thaipooyam day.

Another popular festival observed in the temple is the Soorasamharam
on Shukla Paksha Sashti in Malayalam month of Thulam (October-November). The
festival starts on the day after Amavasya and ends on the famous Skanda Sashti
day. On the day, the ritual enacting the fight between Lord Subrahmanian with
the demons starts in the evening and lasts for three hours. Huge effigies of
the demons Aana Mahaa Sooran, Singa Mughan, Banu Gopan and Soorapadman are
carried by devotees. Murtis of Lord Veera Bahu and Lord Bala Subramanya and
Lord Kalyana Subrahmanian are carried in separate chariots.

The main murti worshipped in the temple is Subramanya or
Murugan along with his spouses Valli and Devayani.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are 4 Ganapathis,
Shiva, Parvati, Veerabahu, Ayyappan, Nagarajavu, Chandikeshwara, Nandi,
Mooshikan, Bhairavan and Mayil Vahanam.

Shiva has great importance in the temple and his puja is performed by Kerala Namboothiris.

The Sreekovil of the temple faces east. The pujaris of the
temple are Tamil Gurukkal.

The main offering to the deity is Panchamrutha Abhishekam.

Mahamaham is observed once in twelve years on the Makam
Nakshatra in Kumbham month and it is dedicated to Shiva.

Navratri is another important festival here.

The temple belonged to Muthaliyal village earlier.

Story Of Kodumbu Kalyana Subramanya Temple

The murti of Subramanya worshipped in the temple was
miraculously discovered by a group of Tamil merchants who had settled in
Kodumbu. Once when the merchants were going to sell clothes in a nearby town
they heard a voice from a bush near Kozhi Mampatti village. The voice told the merchants
that I too want to come. The merchants were not able to locate the source of the
voice.

After a few days when they were passing through the same
spot, they heard the voice again. This time they found the voice emanating from
the murti of Subrahmanya along with Valli and Devayani in a ditch.

The merchants piously took the murti and kept it on the back
of their bullock. But suddenly bullock disappeared. Perplexed and confused, the
merchants returned back to their home only to find the bullock standing with the
murti in front of their house.

They started worshipping the murti and soon the merchants
got peace and prosperity.

After few years they decided to built a temple for the
murti. The local ruler of the place Kuroor Mana Namboodiripad gave them a spot
inside a Shiva temple and the temple was built.

Tamil Agama Puja And Kerala Temple Puja

When the Subramanya temple was built there was a confusion regarding
the kind of puja to be performed. The priests of the already existing Shiva
temple insisted the puja should be performed as per Agama followed in Kerala
but the Tamil merchants did not accept this.

Kuroor Mana Namboodiripad asked the priests and merchants
each to keep a kumbha on the northern gate of the temple. He then asked the priests
to lift up the kumbha kept by the merchants and the asked the merchants to lift
up the kumbha pot kept by the priests.

The priests were unable to lift up the kumbha. But Manikka
Vachakar, the great Shiva devotee, who represented the merchants easily lifted the
pot kept by the priests.

So it was decided the puja in Subramanya Temple would be
according to Tamil Agama and that of the Shiva temple will be as per Kerala
tradition.

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