Description: Thiruvamundur is one of the five ancient shrines in the Chengannur
area of Kerala, connected with the Mahabharatam. (Chengannur - Yuddhishtra, Thiruppuliyur - Bheema, Aranmula - Arjuna, Thiruvamundur
- Nakula and Thirukkadittaanam - Sahadeva). It has been glorified by the Tamil hymns of NammAzhwar of the 1st millennium CE.
It is located 6 km North of Chengannur on the Ernakulam Trivandrum railroad.
This temple has a circular vimanam - a namaskaramandapam and a gopuradwaram. Much of the present structure dates back to the
14th century CE.
The deity Kamalanathan is portrayed in a standing posture; the name Pambaniyappan which also refers
to Kamalanathan arises from the fact the river Pampa cicrles the town (Pampa nadi appan). There is also a shrine to Gopalakrishnan here.
This temple dates back to the period of Kulasekhara Perumaal and was renovated by the Travancore
kings (Moolam Thirunaal) in early 20th century. The image of Gopalakrishna was lost many years ago and was rediscovered in
the 1960s and reconsecrated.
it that Nakula the Pandava prince built this temple. Narada is believed to have been blessed here with the duty of preaching
the truth to humanity. Perumaal is said to have created a text describing the protocol to be adopted for worshipping him,
at this shrine.