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The 19the century paintings (1866 - 1878 AD ) are believed to have been drawn by artists Elannumadathil Sankaran Nair and Arangote Bharatha Pisharody.
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The legend has it that once a sage meditated on Lord Shiva for a long time. Pleased with his Tapas (intense meditation to propitiate the lord), Shiva made his presence felt year round at this famous temple, as requested by the sage. Later the sage had a Shiva Linga image installed, built a temple and consecrated it.
As ill-luck would have it the temple, on account of very poor maintenance became dilapidated and fell in to ruin. During the reign of Hyder Ali and Tipu of Mysore, no improvement on the temple was made. After the British took control of this region, the temple was handed over to Kizhakke Kovilakam. The temple is mentioned in 'Suka Sandesam' and is referred as "Swetha Durgam" (white fort or Ven Kotta in malayalam) in that text. A Shepard and some local people noticed, to their astonishment, the cows produced more milk at a particular spot and, further examination of that strange place, reveled the presence of an idol of Lord Shiva that lay buried deep in the mud. When the ruler of Valluvanad came to about the Shiva idol, he had a fresh temple built and consecrated the Idol in 1200 AD. Later it came under the Zamorin ruler. Kottakkal was earlier known as 'Venkatta Kotta'.