Vandimala Devasthanam


The Legend

VANDIMALA DEVASTHANAM is the holy grace of chengannur. It is very much related to the Chengannur Mahadeva temple which is also called DEKSHINA KAILASAM. The deities of Vandimala Devasthanam, are those of the sculptors from Sankaran Kovil, who came according to the invitation of the king for the construction of Chengannur Mahadeva Temple.

The name Vandimala Devasthanam resembles the Vandimalachi Amman kovil near Sankaran Kovil. The consecration or fixing of the idols was not in the usual Ashtabandha style but a medicinal material named Arasanth, which is a paste made of 68 herbs, thus Abhisheka or Anointing was done on the Thrisul on which the holy energy was invoked.


The Legend

The seven feet heigh idols of Lord Sree Parameswara and Devi Parvathy facing north are seated on the same pedestal with his club in the right hand and right foot on his Rishabha and Devi Parvathy adorned with girdle and anklet, placing her foot on the vethal and holding sword and thrisul.Vandimala The reconstruction started in 2000 and the reconsecration was in 2003, the sculptor being Thattavila Rajaretinam and Thrippallur Sadasivan anointing is now done on the new Panchaloha idol. The secondary deities are Mutharamma, Ganapathy, Pechiamma, Bhairavaswami, Sreemurugan, Yogeeswaran, Serpent gods, Rakshas, Velichappad, Guru, Munnodi (nandikesha) and Ayyappa.