Perunna subramanya swamy temple :

God and Godess :

  • Sree Subrahmanya Swamy
  • Lord Ganesh,
  • Lord Ayyapa,
  • Lord Krishna

Location :

Perunna Subramanya Temple
Perunna (Area), Changanassery / Changanacheri Town,
Kottayam district-686102

Timings :

  • Morning – 05:00AM to 12:00PM
  • Evening – 5.30PM to 8.30PM

Temple History :

Shri Perunna Subrahmanya Swami temple is a pilgrim center which has its own glory and greatness, mainly because of the divinity enshrined in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and the unique charm of the idol installed in it. Shri Subrahmanya Swami temple is one of the most famous Muruga temples in the state, and is a classic example of the Kerala style of architecture, having many decorative murals and pieces of art. This is the venue of the world famous Thaipooya Kavadiyattam ( Kavadi) festival celebrated annually from January to February. Perunna Murugan temple is the place where a very Ugra Bhava (Ferocious) of Lord Subrahmanya is worshiped. The idol of Lord Muruga of this temple is unique. There is a specialty in this idol, comparing with other idols in temples. The Vel which the Lord is holding is pointed downwards. Lord Muruga is worshiped here in the bhava of “Devasenapathi” and he is in a very angry mood as he had just killed ‘Tharakasura”.

History of this temple is that Perunna Shri Subrahmanya swami temple is more than 1200 years old. This is the one and only Muruga Temple in this world where Lord Muruga holds his Vel upside down that is pointing downward, as he is killing “Tharakasura”. Around 500 years back, there was a village called Umbizhi, near Perunna. ( This is the place where Changanacherry railway station is now seen). This village, like Perunna, was a Brahman settlement. Although both the villages where Brahmans, Perunna Brahmans were ‘Satwiks’ ( those who perform only good karmas and nothing negative), but Umbishis were more ugra tantric who also performed some black magic related works. Perunna Brahmans were Shiva devotees at that time and they had a small but powerful Shiva temple for their worship. As their prosperity increased, because of the blessings of this Shiva, Umbizhi Brahmans became jealous and they have started performing some tantric rituals against Perunna. They also attacked the Keezhkulangara temple and destroyed the temple complex. But fortunately, Perunna Brahmans were able to save the idol. (This is the same Vigraha present in the Keezhkulanagara temple). Perunna Brahmans and other Hindus were shocked by the incident and a person from Idamana Illam, ( A Nampoothiri from Perunna Padinjattumbhagam) started a pilgrimage seeking remedy for their problems.

He traveled all the way to “Pazhani Muruga temple” in Tamilnadu, stayed there in the temple and started a special bhajan, seeking for a solution. After some weeks, he had a vision of Lord Muruga of Palani. Lord Muruga advised the Nampoothiri, to go to Kodunthura river in the Pathanamthitta district and take the idol ( Vigraham) from the river. This idol was built in time immemorial and was originally worshiped by the munis and rishis of various yugas. Immediately Idaman Nampoothiri went to Kodunthura and found the idol in the river. On the day of Prathishta (consecration) itself, villagers of Umbizhi sensed their defeat. They did a very rare and secret tantric ritual and sent a very powerful deity to destroy the Perunna temple. When Edamana Nampoothiri heard about this incident, he started to walk towards the east and on the way found a very bright ball of fire coming toward their direction. His companion, a Nair Karanavar offered himself as ‘Bali’ (sacrificed his life) to the Moorthy and Edamana Nampoothiri suddenly performed some rituals and was able to control the Moorthy ( diety). He made some Avahanas and made a Moorthy Pratishta of the Maranam (Goddess Kali). After all these events Umbizhi villages were totally destroyed and the place where the village was situated, became a dense forest. Almost 55 years back, Lord Muruga’s( Perunna Subrahmanay Swami) Arattu was performed at that place, at the time of temple festival.

Festivals :

  • Thaipooya Kavadiyattam  (January-February)
  • Skanda shasti

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Archana
  • Abhishekam
  • Milk abhishekam
  • Special poojas

Nearest Temples Around Perunna subramanya swamy temple :

  • Temple Name – Area/City – Distance (in KM)
  • Ettumanur Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 34.00 km
  • Chirakkadavu Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 36.00 km
  • Iravimangalam Sri Suryadeva Temple – Kottayam district – 41.00 km
  • Erumeli Sri Dharmasastha and Petta Sasthavu Temples – Kottayam district – 47.00 km
  • Vaikom Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 51.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Changanassery – 1 km
  • Thiruvalla – 7 km
  • Chengannur – 17 km
  • Mallappally – 19 km
  • Kottayam – 20 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Changanaseri – 3 km
  • Thiruvalla – 8 km
  • Kottayam – 22 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Trivendrum – 133 km
  • Cochin – 109 km
  • Calicut – 242 km
  • Kannur – 350 km
  • Coimbatore – 278 km
  • Madhurai – 261 km
  • Trichy – 353 km

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