There was once a pious woman in Sankaramangalam village who was respected for her devotion to her husband. She would observe the Ekadasi fast, visit the temple next day and feed the ascetics. Tolakasuran, a demon, would trouble her on the way to the temple. She constantly prayed to Perumal for protection. Once she was passing through the forest area to go to the temple when she saw a Brahmachari fighting valiantly. Soon the sounds of the fight stopped. When Ammayar reached the temple, she saw the same Brahmachari youth she had seen in the forest. She then understood that the Lord had come to protect her. Perumal doesn't wear an angavastram in this temple like Brahmacharis. Also in this temple, devotees seek the darshan of Perumal's chest (the abode of Sri Mahalakshmi or Tiru) rather than his feet. Therefore, Perumal is known as Tiru Vazh Marban. This temple is praised in the Mangalasasanam of Nammazhwar as well as the hymns of Tirumangai Azhwar. Devotees who seek to be blessed with children organize Kathakali performances in the temple. This is known as Nerchai. These performance take place each day in the temple, performed by a troupe called Kalakshetra.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To pray for childbirth
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.
4 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m