Sri Paambanaiyappa Perumal Temple also called as Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple, situated inThiruvanvandoor, Alappuzha District of Kerala and also revered as one of the 108 Divya Desam temples, dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
About the Temple
As the temple is located near the famous River Pamba, the temple is named as Sri Paambanaiyappa Perumal Temple. Sri Paambanaiyappa Perumal temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, a Vaishnava canon, and mangalaasan (devotional songs) were sang by the azhwar saint Nammazhwar.
Sri Paambanaiyappa Perumal temple is considered as one of the five ancient temples in Chengannur, Kerala and one of the temples which are connected with the legends of Mahabharata, one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. And these five temples are believed to be built by the Pancha Pandavas (five princes), the five acknowledged sons of Pandu, who ruled Hastinapura (a town and a nagar panchayat in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh).
The five temples built by the Pancha Pandavas are
- Thrichittatt Maha Vishnu Temple by Yudishtira
- Puliyur Mahavishnu Temple by Bheema
- Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple by Arjuna
- Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple by Nakula
- Thrikodithanam Mahavishnu Temple by Sahadeva
About the Deity
The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Pambanaiappan (Vishnu), found in a standing posture facing towards the west direction.
Legend and Stories
The legend says that the Pancha Pandavas after enthroning Parikshit, a kuru king who reigned during the Middle Vedic period (12th or 11th century BCE), as a king of Hastinapura, the Pancha Pandavas started a pilgrimage. And on arriving on the banks of Pamba River, it is said that each of them installed an image of Lord Krishna.
It is believed that Paambanaiyappa Perumal temple is built by Nakula, the fourth of the Pancha Pandavas. Nakula was known to be the most handsome person in the Kuru Kingdom (the present states of Delhi, Haryana, Uttarakhand and western part of Uttar Pradesh).
Annual Festival – January/February
Chithirai Tiruvonam – April/May
Janmaashtami – September
Vaikunda Ekadasi – December/January
Thiruvaimozhi Festival – December/January
Nearby Place To Visit
Kalarcode Shri Mahadeva Temple
- Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple
- Valiya Kalavoor Temple
- Cheriyakalavoor Ayyappa Swamy Temple
- Preethikulangara Temple
- Rektheswari Devi Temple
- Puthukulangara Devi Temple
- Sree Khanda Kharna Swamy Temple
- Erattakulangara Sri Mahadeva Temple
The nearest airport is the Calicut International Airport. The nearest railway station to reach Sri Paambanaiyappa Perumal temple is Chengannur railway station. National Highway NH 47 passes through the city connecting the city to other major cities like Coimbatore, Ernakulum, Thrissur, Kollam, Trivandrum etc. The state run KSRTC buses connecting the city from all other major cities.
Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
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.