Tiruchittraru, Imayavarappan temple is located in Tiruchittraru, Kerala. The main deity is Imayavarappan and Amman is Sengamalavalli. This temple is a 108 Divya Desam Koil.
About the Temple
The temple is situated in Chengundrur and the river near the temple is Chittraru. The name of the Lord is Imayavar Appan. It is noteworthy that Nammazhwar has used all these three words in his Mangalasasanam hymn.The specialty of this sthalam is that Dharman, one of the Pandavas, worked in raising this temple and did a lot of spiritual work in developing the temple.
About the Deity
The presiding deity is Vishnu. He is called as Imayavarappan. His consort is known as Sengamalavalli.
Legend and Stories
Legend goes that there was an embarrassing situation challenging Dharma, the eldest of Pandava brothers in the Kurukshetra battle field. Unless Dronacharya the Guru of Dharma was killed, Pandavas cannot win. Drona was very fond of his son Aswathama and he could not bear his loss in the battle field. It was decided to make Drona believe that Aswathama was killed in the field. Dharma had to do this job. He knows it was sin to speak a lie of this kind. But there was no option left if he has to win the war. He told Drona that an elephant also named Aswathama was killed but toned down his voice while telling the word elephant and raised the voice while telling the name of Aswathama. Drona could not bear the news and stopped fighting. He was instantly killed by Dhrushtadyumna against the Yuddha Darma. Yet, Darma could not excuse himself for the deed. After war ended, he came to this place, performed penance for peace and cleansing. It is said that Darma renovated this temple. Even before Darma’s coming to this place, Imayavars (Devas) came to this place and performed penance on Lord Vishnu. Lord granted them Darshan and was celebrated as Imayavar Appan – Lord of Devas.
Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January and Tiruvonam are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
It is believed that the Lord pardons wrongdoers if they honestly and sincerely seek the Lord’s grace.
Nearby Place To Visit
Pambanai Appan Temple
Malayala Mahalakshmi Temple
Haripadu Murugan Temple
Mullaikal Rajarajeswari Temple
Tiruchittraru is 4 km far from Chenganur which is connected by buses from all districts of Kerala. The closest railway station is in Chenganur, and the closest airport is in Thiruvananthapuram.
Sri Imayavar Appan Temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To seek pardon for misdeeds
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.
5 a.m. to 10 a.m.5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.