About the Temple & Location:
This divya desam is situated 6 miles East to Thiruvaaranvilai, 4 miles west to Thirupuliyoor, 5 miles North west to Thiruvanvandoor and 10 miles North to Thiruvalvaazh. We can reach this sthalam also by getting down in a small station through the Railway lane between Thiruvanandhapuram to Ernakulam via kollam. Bus facilities are also available.
So, if we come to this divyadesam, from here its easy to visit othr divya desam, since they are close to each other.
The speciality of this sthalam is that Dharman, one of the Pandavas worked in raising this temple and did lots of spiritual works in developing the temple.
This sthalam is now called with the name “Thirucchittraaru”, by the people. This temple is also called as “Perumal Temple (kovil)” and “Vishnu temple (kovil)”.
The perumal took the Mohini Avathaaram to protect Lord Shivan from Padmaasuram. Once, there lived an Asuran (Demon) by named “Sugan”. He had a son by Padmaasuran. He got many varams by doing various tapas. Likewise, he got a peculiar Varam from Lord Shiva that if anyones head is touched over anyones head, he should be turned into ash.
After getting the Varam, he wanted to kill Lord Shivan who gave him the Varam and ran from him and secked the help from Sriman Narayanan. Even the Deva Loga Kanniyars like Rambai, Oorvasi, Thilothamai tried to change his concentration by showing their presence infront of him. But, they feared to come infront of him because they thought he might put his hand on their heads. At that time, Sriman Narayanan took the most beautiful Mohini Avathaar and came infront of Padmaasuran. On seeing the beauty of the Mohini, he stood without moving and wanted to get the happiness of her beauty. At that time, the Mohini who was actually Sriman Narayanan, said after having the oil bath, he can get the happiness from her.
On hearing this, Padmaasuran felt very happy and went towards the tank (Pushkarani) to have the oil bath. As soon as he applied the oil on his head, his hand touched his head and at that second, he was turned to ash. And finally, Sriman Narayanan who took the Mohini Avathaar saved Lord Shivan. At that time, Sriman Narayanan gave his prathyaksham for Rudhran (Lord Shivan).
This sthala perumal is Imayavarappan, found in Nindra thirukkolam facing towards west direction Iyyappan, was born fron the 3rd eye of Lord Shivan and for Mohini avathaar. Appan means father and in this sthalam , Imaya varappan is giving his blessings and seva in the father Sthanam (stage).
To explain that Lord Shiva and Sriman Narayanan are equal, a very big shivan temple is also found in this sthalam. The speciality of this sthalam is that Dharman, one of the Pandavas worked in raising this temple and did lots of spiritual works in developing the temple.
During Bharatha war (in Mahabharatham), Ashwathaman, son of Dronar was against Pandavas and found along with Dhuriyodhanan. At that time, Dharman in his loud voice said Ashwathaman was killed. But actually Ashwathaman is one of an elephant in the war land and at the end, he told in a mild voice that it is an elephant. On hearing in the loud voice, Dronar thought his son Ashwathaman was killed and died at that place. But, Dharmar was not happy of his action and wanted to do some satisfactory things and as a result of this he came to this sthalam and to get out of sinful action he has performed, he worked in raising the temple and worshipped Imayavarappan, the perumal of this sthalam.
The Moolavar of this sthalam is Imayavarappan. He is found in Nindra Thirukkolam facing his thirumugham towards west direction. The perumal is prathyaksham for Rudran (Lord Shivan).
The Thaayar found in this sthalam is Sengamala Valli Thaayar.
Nammalwar – 11 Paasurams.