Aranmula Parthasarathy Valla Sadya
Aranmula Parthasarathy Valla Sadya Timings, Date, details, History
Aranmula Parthasarathy Valla Sadya History
As per the Legend, A Nambudiri Brahmin used to live in a house called Mangattillam in Kattoor which is 6 Km, East of Aranmula. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna and Every month on Thiruvonam he would feed a Brahmin after washing his feet as per custom. Once in the month of Chingom (Aug-Sep), he could not get a single Brahmin for the function. Nambudiri was upset and did not know what to do. To his surprise, one Brahmin appeared from nowhere and the much-pleased householder conducted the ceremony happily.
He requested the Brahmin to come again for the ceremony next Chingom. But the latter replied that he stays at Aranmula temple. Lord Krishna appeared in his dream as the guest and revealed his identity to the Nambudri.
The next year, Nambudiri left for Aranmula with 51 Paras of rice and all the other materials for the feast and reached the temple in the early hours of Thiruvonam day. He also incurred all expenses for Pujas for the day in the temple. The boat carrying all these items to Aranmula is called Thiruvonachilavu Thoni.
As per the folklore, the chieftain of Ayiroor, a nearby village, planned to intercept the traditional boat carrying the items to Aranmula. As this boat was being escorted by the dependents of the Chieftain’s sworn enemy, the Ranni Chieftain. The news spread across and men from Twenty Eight Karas decided to escort to stop the attempt. Fully armed, they escorted the sacred boat in their own Chundas or Snake boats to the temple
The custom of snake boats from nearby villages accompanying the sacred boat, however, came to stay. It was decided that this ritual should be held not only on Thiruvonam day but also on Uttaratthi day on which falls the anniversary of Idol installation.
How to reach Aranmula Parthasarathy temple?
- The nearest airport is at Thiruvananthapuram which is 113 Km from the temple.
- The nearest railway station is at Chengannur which is 11 Km away.
- The direct bus is available from Chengannur to the temple.
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