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108 Dhivya Desam - Thiruvithuvakkodu

Location :  Thiruvinjikode near Thrissur
Perumaal :  Uyyavanda Perumaal (Abhayapradan)
Thaayaar :  Padhmapani Naachiyaar
Theertham : Chakra Theertham
Paasuram :  Kulasekhara Azhwar
Vimaanam : Tatva Kanchana Vimanam
Travel Base : Thrissur

Description: This Dhivya Desam has been sung in a decad of 10 verses by Kulasekhara Azhwar who hailed from Kerala (Chera Nadu). This temple is located at Thiruvinjikode, at a distance of 16 km from Shoranur, enroute to Guruvayur. The nearest railhead is Pattambi on the Malabar railway line.  This temple has a shrine to Shiva and a shrine to Perumaal.

This temple is connected with legends from the Mahabharata and has four images of Perumaal believed to have been installed by the Pandavas.

 

Given the four Perumaal images and the sanctum enshrining Shiva this temple is popularly known as anjumoorthy koyil.

 

Legend has it that Perumaal appeared in four forms here (Vyuhavataram - Pradyumna, Aniruddha, Sankharshana and Para Vasudeva) in response to worship by Ambarishan and was worshipped by the Pandavas here. Ambarishan is said to have obtained salvation here. Of the four images of Perumaal seen here, Yuddhishtra is said to have worshipped the one in the center, Bhima the one on the left, Arjuna the one on the West, and Nakula and Sahadeva the other.

 

There is yet another temple in Karur (on the Chennai Thiruchi railroad), by name Vithuvakkodeeswaram, enshrining Abhaya Pradhana Ranganathar and Ranganayaki, also considered to be a Dhivya Desam by the same name. Ranganathar is enshrined in a reclining posture. This temple covers an area of about an acre and has shrines to Anjaneyar and GarudAzhwar.

 

Legend has it that Markandeyan, Mucukunda Chakravarti, Sri Devi and Bhudevi offered worship here. Two worship services are offered each day here. The annual festival is celebrated in the month of Chittirai.