Lord Shiva

In the Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is the Destroyer and the most important one in the Holy Trinity, the other two being Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Protector. Lord Shiva has always fascinated his followers by his unique appearance: he has not two but three eyes, has ash smeared all over his body, has snakes coiled up around his head and arms, wears tiger and elephant skin, leads a wild life in the cremation grounds far removed from social pretenses, and is known for his proverbial anger.

Lord Vishnu

He has four arms and is male: The four arms indicate his all-powerful and all-pervasive nature. His physical existence is represented by the two arms in the front, while the two arms at the back represent his presence in the spiritual world. The Upanishad Gopal Uttartapani describes the four arms. Title has been given since some of these facts may be shocking for someone, soothing for devotees and interesting for others. Some of these facts may be known to someone but unknown to other.

Lord Brahma

In Hinduism, Lord Brahma is the first god of the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh). He is the creator of the universe. But, he is not worshipped as Lord Vishnu and Shiva. There is only one temple dedicated to him, which is the Pushkar temple of Rajasthan. And many temples are dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. There is no corner of India where there are no temples of Vishnu and Shiva.

Sri Kolapira Perumal Temple – Thiruvalvaazh

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About the Temple & Location:

This sthalam is situated 3 miles away from Thiruvalla railway station which is in between Kollam – Ernakulam railway lane. We can reach this sthalam also by bus that goes towards kottayam. For staying, Chattirams are available.

 

Specials:

 

The speciality of this sthalam is there is one separate sannadhi for Thiruppaan Alwar, where no ladies are allowed, only gents are allowed into the sannadhi.

 

Sthlapuranam :

 

This sthalam explains about the relationship and the unity of Saivam and Vaishnavam. This sthalam also tells about the good character.

 

Kanda Karan, who is the chief leader of Siva Perumaan’s Siva Ganangal (troop (or) Crew) and had a vulgour actions towards everything. He had a ugly structure and that fears all person who sees him. He gave Narabali (Killing peoples) for Siva Perumaan. But, on seeing this, Siva perumaan ordered him not to give Narabali and asked him to worship the Emperumaan, Sriman Narayanan who is said to be the “Santha Sorubhee”. He also said by worshipping him, he can get the Mukthi and can attain Paramapadham. On hearing this, Kanda Karnan, who was a great Veera saivan, changed to Vaishnavan and started to tell the Ashtakshara Mantram, “Om Namo Narayanaya”. At the same time he left worshipped Siva Perumaan and tied two small bells on his ears to avoid hearing Siva Peruman’s name (or) his mantram “Om Nama Shivaya”.

 

Sri Kolapira Perumal Temple – Thiruvalvaazh

 

Inspite of not wanting to hear the mantram of Sivaperumaan, he was really thinking about him and at the same time he was having the bhakti towards Sriman Narayanan by expressing the Ashtakshara mantram. “Om Namo Narayana”. By devoting both the Gods, Lord Shivan and Sriman Narayanan, he forgeot all of his previous actions and started completly to make Dhyanam towards the perumals. By doing so, he got his mukthi and attained paramapadham. Thus by getting the mukthi through Kanda Karnan, the perumal explains about the ralation and unity of both the Saivam and Vaishnavam gods and explains that there should be no racism among the religion. To explains more about this, in this sthalam the thiru Neeru (Vibhoodi) is given as the “Prasadham” to the bhaktas. But, generally Vibhoodhi is given in Saivam temples only. This is one of the special explaination about the unity and explains that both the Gods should be treated as one.

In this sthalam, there lived a good charactered women, by named “Sankaramangala thenmai”. She had a great bhakti towards Sriman Narayanan and used to do fasting in Ekadesi and after finishing the Viradham (fasting), she used to give food for any Brahmachari. Likewise, in one Ekadesi day, she waited for a Brahmachari to give food. But at that time, a demon by named “Tholakaasuran” lived and she stood as an obstacle for her viradham and did not allow any persons to get the food from Sankara mangala Thenmai. She was worried about this and prayed to this sthala perumal, Kolapiraan. At that time, accepting the request and pray of her, the perumal came towards her like a Brahmachari to get the food. On seeing him, Tholakaasuran tried to stop him and fought with him. During the fight, Tholakaasuran was killed by the perumal who came there in the form of a Brahmachari.

 

After, Tholakaasuran was killed, the perumal in Brahmachari form went inside SankaraMangala Thanmai’s house and started to eat the food offered by her. At that time, thorugh her Gnana eyes, she found but the perumal has come in the form of Brahmachari and asked him to move the cloth which screened his chest. After the cloth is removed, she could see Periya piratti inhis Thiru Maarbhu. Since, the perumal is so called as “Thiruvaazh Maarbhan”. Since, he came as Brahmachari and showed the piratti, he is also called as “Sri Vallabhan”.

 

Since, the perumal gave his presence to explain the good character of a women, the selva Nayagi, periya piratti is named as “Selva thirukozhunthu Naachiyaar”. Since, the perumal came as a brahmachari, the piratti is also called as “Vaathsalya Devi”.

 

Behind the Moolavar, Sudharsana Chakkram, who is said to be so powerful is found. So, it is great to get the seva of the perumal in front along with Lakshmi piratti in his chest and behind the perumal, we can worship, the Sudharsana Chakkaram.

 

Another special news about this sthalam is, there is one separate sannadhi for Thiruppaan Alwar, where no ladies are allowed, only gents are allowed into the sannadhi.

 

Moolavar:

 

The Moolavar found in this sthalam is Kolapiraan. He is also called as “Thiruvaazhmarban”. Moolavar is found in Nindra Thirukkolam facing his thirumugham along Eastern direction. The Perumal is prathyaksham for Kanda Karnan.

 

Thayaar

 

The Thaayar of this sthalam is Selva Thirukkozhudhu Naachiyaar. Also named as Vaathsalya Devi.

 

Mangalasasanam:

 

Nammalwar – 10 Paasurams.

Total 10.

 

Pushkarani:

 

Kanda Kara Theertham.

Pambha Nadhi.

 

Vimanam:

Saduranga Kola Vimaanam.