Thiruvithuvakkode/Anjumoorthy Ambalam is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu located in Pattambi, Palakkad District; Kerala.thirumittacode is a beautiful temple located about 4 kms south of pattambi near shoranur in kerala.This sthalam is found in between Shoranoor to Kallikkottai, next to Pattambi. We can also reach this sthalam by traveling through Shoranoor to Guruvayoor and one has to travel around 10 miles. While traveling in train, we have to get down in Pattambi railway station which is on the Shoranoor - Kallikkottai lane and after traveling 2 miles, we can reach this sthalam. Lodging facility in Pattambi is available. This sthalam is popularly called as "Anjumoorthy Koil".
About the Temple
Performing Tarpan to ancestors is considered very sacred in this place as Lord Kasi Viswanatha is also present in this place situated on the banks of Bharatha Puzha with the confluence of 10 rivers This is a Divyadesa in the holy list of 108 Tirupathis of Lord Vishnu. Perumal appeared here to give Darshan to King Ambarisha facing South, according to history of the place – sthala purana. Kulasekhara Azhwar was the king of Chera region surrendering himself to Perumal. As Periazhwar played the role of Yasodha in his hymns bringing up Lord Krishna, Kulasekhara Azhwar was the mother of Lord Rama in his hymns. In his Mangalasasanam, Kulasekhara Azhwar becomes a child awaiting the grace of mother. He says, "Oh! Lord of Vithuvakodu, surrounded by fragrant flower gardens, I have no asylum but your feet. Though an angry mother ignores her child, it waits for her sympathy and love. I am in the same situation awaiting your look on me."
About the Deity
Presiding deity – Sri Uyyavandha Perumal/Abhyapradhanan with his consort Goddess Sri Padmapani Nachiyar/Vithuvakkottuvalli Thayar.
Legend and Stories
During their life in the jungles, Pandavas the five brothers during their journey in south found this place, an embodiment of nature’s beauty with divine peace spread everywhere. They decided to stay there for a while. They built temples and installed idols for their pujas and worship. Arjuna installed the idol of Lord Vishnu. This is considered as the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. Other idols of Lord Vishnu installed by Darma, Beema, Nakula and Sahadeva are in separate shrines in the prakara-corridor. There also shrines for Lord Sastha, Nagar and Mother Bhagavati. Lord Ganapathy and Lord Dakshinamurthy grace the devotees at the entrance of the temple.
It is said that Pandavas spent a longer period of their forest life in this place. After a long time, a Pandya king built the compound wall. About 2000 years back, a sage of this place went to Kasi and stayed there for a long time. He came to know that his mother was terminally ill and started to see his mother. Lord Kasi Viswanatha also accompanied him hiding himself in the umbrella of the sage Reaching this place, the sage left the umbrella and went for a bath. Returning, he saw the umbrella disappearing and the stone blasted and a Shivalinga in the place. It is believed that Lord Kasi Viswanatha with all His grace came to this place to stay here installed by Pandavas through the sage. The first worship goes to Lord Shiva before approaching Lord Vishnu in the temple. People of Kerala respect this place as a place with five Murthys.
Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-Janary and Tiruvonam are the festival of the temple.
Many people of Kerala offer Tarpan to their ancestors in this place, people's belief and faith is Fulfilled here.
Nearby Place To Visit
The devotee has to reach Pattambi 100 km from Palakkadu. Mini buses are available from Pattambi to reach the temple. The closest railways are in Pattambi, and the closest airport is in Kozhikode.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To offer Tarpan to ancestors
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.