Legends tell us that when the Gods were churning the ocean, they were futile in their attempts to find nectar. Realizing that they had forgotten to pay homage to Lord Vinayaka before starting the job, the gods made an idol of Lord Vinayaka out of sea foam and after consecrating it paid homage to the Lord. Soon after, the gods succeeded in finding nectar from the ocean. The white statue of Lord Vinayaka at Thiruvalanchuzhi is said to be the same statue. The statue is coated all over with edible camphor (pacchi karpooram) and according to the believers it manages to absorb all the honey that is poured on the statue on the auspicious day of Vinayaka Chaturthi and yet the statue retains its pristine white color.
Although the principal deity at Thiruvalanchuzhi is Lord Shiva in his avatar as the Kapartheeswarar and his consort Brihan Nayaki, the shrine is better known as a Vinayaka Sthala. The word Kapartham refers to the hair, the matted locks of Lord Shiva. Showcasing delicate and fine stone work, tall multi storied lamps made out of stone and beautifully carved pillars; the temple is a fine example of the quality of craftsmanship of the era. Surrounded by large coconut groves, the landscape around the temple is beautiful and the temple itself very peaceful and serene. A visit to the temple is considered very important, especially for those who are starting something new.
|Timings||All days of the week 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM |
|Visit Duration||1 to 2 hours|