Kidangoor Temple Trip
¤ Subramaniyaswamy Temple
Distance : 23km from
The Subramaniyaswamy Temple is situated
at a distance of 23km from Kottayam. A gallow had been installed at
Kavalipuzha, a place near the eastern side of the temple.
It was used to hang people who had been sentenced on murder charges.
Thypoyam, celebrated in the month of Makaram (January-February), is
the most important festival associated with the temple. The ritual of
Kavadi Abhishekam is a significant part of the festival. Its in
the month of Kumbham (February-March) that the annual festival or
utsavam takes place.
¤ The Architecture Splendor of The Temple
The architecture of the koothambalam (hall in a Kerala temple used
for dance and music recitals) of the temple is of a very high quality
and considered to be one of the best in the state. Deities and themes
from the Purana (ancient scriptures), form the subject of the
beautiful woodcarvings on the koothambalam. According to a local
legend, a yakshi, who is said to have arrived with the timber for the
temple, resides in the koothambalam.
¤ Sasthamkotta Temple
A less important temple called the Sasthamkotta is also situated in
Kidangoor on the banks of the Meenachil River. Guruvayur Appan and
Sabarimala Sastha are the deities enshrined in the temple. It is
believed that the oil used for the abhishekam (anoint) of the deity is
a sure-fire remedy for rheumatism.