Kidangoor Subramanya Swamy Temple
Location : Kidangoor
About The Temple :
Kidangoor Subramanya Swamy Temple 10 kilometers southeast of Ettumanoor.
This temple is one of the ancient temples of Kerala. The Kidangur Subramanya Swami temple is situated in Kottayam District. It is a kilometer away from the Ettumanur-Punjar Highway by the south side of Kidangur- Manarkad road. It is believed that the idol of Subramanya Swami came out of the ‘Kamandulu’ or pot carried by Maharshi Gauna when it tilted and the water flowed out. Along with the flow of the water, the vigraha was carried away to the Vishnukshetra in Kidangur. Inside the temple where a new Sree Kovil was built for Lord Vishnu, the temple officials felt the presence of Subramanya Swami and so they kept the Subramanya Vigraha there instead of Vishnu. So along with the Vishnu Vigraha on the northern side the Subramanya vigraha was also consecrated in the new Sree Kovil.
Kidangur is historically one of the 64 villages of the Namboodiris. It was the boundary of the Thekkumkur- Vadakkumkur kings. The 14 Brahmin families of Kidangur were the owners of this temple. Out of the 14 Brahmin families some did not have male discendents, so those who had male members became the sole owners of this temple even to the present day.
Koothambalam -Bharata Muni’s concept of Natya Shastra is evident in the sculptural work inside the Kuthambalam. So this is different from all other Kuthambalams of various temples of Kerala. It is believed that the Kuthambalam was constructed by Perunthachan. The scenes from Ramayana and mahabharatha are beautifully sculpture
tured on the Rangamandapam of the Kuthambalam. There is a huge pillar curved out of the wood of “Kurumthotti” – a medicinal plant. Inside the hall there is a vigraha of Devi Bhuvaneswari. Women are not allowed to enter the Kuthambalam and the ‘Na/amba/am’. ‘Koothu’ and ‘Koodiyattom’ are perfonned inside the Koothambalam. A special perfonnance of ‘Brahmachari Koothu’ is conducted only in this temple and this is for the benefit of those who have no childfen. Mahamaya Devi, enshrined in the Kuthambalam facing south is well known as Kuthambalathil Amma. ‘Guruthi’ is perfonned for the Devi inside the Kuthambalam by devotees for the removal of all their problems and for the destruction of enemies. During the Annual Festival Chakiyar Koothu is conducted regularly.
Festivals – The main festival is in the month of ‘Kumbha’ (Feb. March). It starts on the day of ‘Karthika’ and lasts for 10
days. The ‘Trikarthika’ of the month of ‘Vrichika’ (Nov-Dec) and the ‘Thaipooyam’ of the month of Makara (Jan-Feb) are other important festivals. Many people come to the temple to perform ‘Shastivrata’ on the 6th day after the ‘Amavasya’ this is considered auspicious.
Offerings – Utsavabali, Tulabharam, Kavadi, Chuttu Vilakku, Udayasthamana pooja, Muzhukappu, Panchamrita abhishekam, Pantheerazhi, Kadumpayasam etc are the important offerings. Tuesdays and Fridays ‘Guruthi’ is performed in the Koohambalam for the Devi. ‘Palpayasam’ and ‘Appam’ are offered to Vishnu. To the Devi of Koothambalam ‘Guruthi’ and Varanivedyam, Raktha Pushpanjali are offered. To the Upadevatha Shasta, Neeranjanam is offered.
Kidangoor South P. 0., Kottayam – 686 583, Ph – 0482 2254478, 2257978