The Subramanya Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan and is located in Kuzhur, Kerala, India.
About the temple
The idol is in the form of Bala Bramchari and is not offered prayers by ladies and entrance is prohibited to them from the threshold of the temple.The Upadevas(Subordinate deities) in the temple are Lord Ganapathi, Brahmarakshas,Lord Siva,Sastha and Nagaraja. Kuzhoor Sree Subramanya swamy temple is one of the fifty one most reputed Subramanya swamy temples in Kerala.The six feet tall idol of Sree Subramanya Swamy tells the story of Tharakasurs destruction, is the pecuilarity of this temple. Balabrahmachari Srimuruga is personified as ˜Varada and ˜Abhayada at the same time. Such a temple with soulful idol of Lord Muruga is not to be seen in any nearby places. For this reason,many devotees make their pilgrimage to this temple to get the blessings of Lord Velayudha. Skanda Shashti in the month of Thulam and Thaippuyam in Makaram are important festivals for Kavadi Abhishekam.
Persons coming from different parts of the place holding colourful Kavadis, accompanied by loud music gather inside the temple and offer prayers to the lord.A lot of devotees come to the temple on the invocation day which falls in the month of Medam on the day of Rohini. The other rituals include daily Bhagavathiseva, Ganapathihomam,Illamnira etc. In the month of Karkkidaka,'Astadravya Ganapathihomam on the 1st day of Vrischika,'Navarathri in Kanni and Sivarathri in Kumbham. Lord Mahadeva is facing west, opposite to Lord Muruga and Lord Ganapathy is placed to the west side of the Sreekovil are the other deities in the Nalakam. It is said that both the deities are invocated to control the anger of Lord who has won the battle. Besides these deities,Vanadurga placed to the south east side with Brahmarakshas nearby and Ayyappa on the south west side with Nagarajas bless the devotees by making all their wishes come true.
Legend and stories
Legend has it that a Perumal who placed the idol of Andava(Muruga) in a Padaiveedu at Pazhani had constructed a number of such Padaiveedu in many parts of Kerala for Muruga worshipping.The soul of Muruga which was lying in Chemmanda, being one among the old 32 Brahmin villages, was taken for invocation at Pazhani, and it is believed as the first invocation of Sree Subramanya in Kerala.
History proves that another such event was taken place in Kuzhoor of Thrissur dist. The idol here is in the nature of Balaswamy. The Sannidhanamconsists of three storeyed Sreekovil facing east, Valiyambalam, 'Chuttambalam, 'Balippura and Oottupura.
The main festival in this temple starts from the star of Avittam in the month of ˜Vrischika ending with an Aarattu and Karthikavilakku. The other festivals include Skandashashti in Thulam,'Thaippuyam in Makaram,Invocation day which is celebrated on the star of Rohini in the month of Medam. The other notable events as far this temple is concerned include daily Illam nira, Ganapathi Homam and Bhagavathiseva during the month of Karkkidaka,'Ashtadravya Ganapathi Homam on the 1st day of the month Vrischika,'Thiruvonam in Chingam,'Navarathri in ˜Kanni,'Sivarathri in Kumbham and Vishu in Medam.
Other important days
‘Skanda Shashti’ in the month of ‘Thulam’ and ‘Thaippuyam’ in ‘Makaram’ are important for ‘Kavadi’ Abhishekam. Devotees coming from different parts of the place holding colourful Kavadis,are accompanied by loud music gather inside the temple and offer prayers to the lord.A lot of devotees come to the temple on the invocation day which falls in the month of ‘Medam’ on the day of ‘Rohini’.
The other rituals include daily ‘Ganapathihomam’,Illamnira’,'Bhagavathiseva’ etc. In the month of ‘Karkkidaka’,'Astadravya Ganapathihomam’ on the 1st day of ‘Vrischika’,'Navarathri’ in ‘Kanni’ and ‘Sivarathri’ in ‘Kumbham’.
Sree Subramanya Swamy Temple,
Kerala 680734, India
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Become courageous
Shadaananam Chandana Liptha Gathram Mahorasam Divya Mayoora Vaahanam Rudrasya Soonum Suraloka Naatham Brahmanya Devam Charanam Prapadye
Meaning -I always take refuge in the 6 faced Lord Guha, who has sandal paste smeared over his body, who is broad-chested, whose vehicle is the peacock, who is Lord Shiva's son and who leads the army of the Devas.
Heyswami Natha Karunakara Dheenabandho Shree Parvatheesha Mukha Pankaja Padmabandho Shree Saadhi Devagana Poojitha Padha Padma Vallesa Nadha Mama Dehi Karaavalambham
Meaning -O! Merciful Lord Swaminatha, who cares for the poor, who is the sun to Lord Shiva's lotus face, whose lotus feet are acknowledged by Lord Vishnu and the others, Valli's Lord, please uplift me by lending me your hand.
Ariru Thadanthozh Vazhga Arumugam Vazhga Veppai Kooru Sei Thanivel Vazhga Kukkudum Vazhga Sevvel Yeriya Magnai Vazhga Aanai Thun Anangu Vazhga Maarila Valli Vazhga Vazhga Seer Adiyar Yellam
Meaning -Oh Muruga, we hail your 12 strong shoulders for they protect us from our enemies, we hail your 6 faces, we hail the Vel, your weapon that broke apart the Krounja mountain to reveal the asura in it. We hail the bird, the cock, that is part of your symbol in the flag. We hail your peacock, that takes you all over the world, we hail your consort Devyani, who was brought up by Indra's white elephant, Airavadam, we hail your other consort, the flawless Valli. And we hail your Bhaktas who worship you as a prayer.
Uruvai Aruvai Uladhai Iladhai Maruvai Malarai Maniyai Oliyai Karuvai Uyirai Gadhiyai Vidhiyai Guruvai Varuvai Arulvai Guhaney
Meaning -O Lord Muruga, you have form and you are formless, you have everything and have nothing, you who exist in the smallest, in flowers, in a bell's ring, in the light. You are the embryo, the life, destiny and fate. Bestow your blessings on us as our guru.