The Lakshmana Perumaal temple is located at Thirumoozhikkalam near Alwaye and Kaaladi.
The presiding deity Lakshmana Perumaal is considered to be none other than Perumaal. The Triprayar
Rama temple and the Koodalmanikyam Bharata temple are related shrines located in this part of Kerala.
This is an ancient temple, glorified by the Tamil hymns (Thiruvaimozhi) of NammAzhwar one of the
12 Vaishnavite Azhwars of the 1st millenium CE.
This shrine is associated with legends from the Ramayanam.
Legend has it that while Bharata the brother of Rama and Lakshmana, came to invite Rama, then in exile, to take over
the reins of the kingdom, an angry Lakshmana suspecting Bharata's intentions intended to kill him; however, Bharata's innocence
was very soon revealed, and then the two of them offered worship together at Thirumoozhikkalam. The name Thirumoozhikalam
is said to have originated from the phrase Thiru mozhi kalam the site where sweet words were uttered.
Legend also has it that Hareetha muni the son of Viswamitra worshipped Perumaal at this site.
Inscriptions from the 11th century CE (Bhaskara Ravivarman) are seen in this temple. A vritta (circular) vimanam
crowns this temple whose base is of stone, and the rest of the superstructure being laterite, stucco and timber.
The image of the presiding deity is in a damage state thanks to vandalism effected by conquerors.
A silver kavacam or armour was made as a covering for the image; however soon after installation of the kavacam an attempt
was made to steal it, after which it has never been in use.
To the left of the sanctum is a door with no images inside. Worship is offered to Rama, Sita and
Hanuman at this spot acknowledging their presence.
No music is played during worship services here, unlike other temples.
The annual festival which falls in the Malayalam month of Makaram used to be an occasion of great
festivity, with performances of koothu and Koodiyaattam for a 41 day period (in the temple
Associated closely with this temple are temples dedicated to Bharata at Irinjalakuda (which is one
of the 108 Vaishnava Dhivya Desam temples), Rama at Triprayar and to Satrugna at Payammel.
it that four images of the heroic brothers Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Satrugna were washed ashore and were discovered by
a local chieftan Vakkey Kaimal and were installed at the sites mentioned above. All of these four images are those of Perumaal,
but are referred to as Rama, Lakshmanaperumaal, Bharata and Satrugna. Offering
worship at each of these four shrines on a given day, is considered auspicious.