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According to the legend as there was not a permanent shelter built for the idol, it was kept under a banyan tree in a place owned by a Christian family. An half hour worship was done for the deity here and the place where the idol of Subramanya was kept for brief worship, there is a small temple in the village called (half an hour) Ara Nazhika Ambalam”.
Consecration was done, it is believed, by Lord Vishnu himself disguising as a holy Saint on the Pushya star of Makara Masa and this day is celebrated annually as the founding day of the temple. In Malayalam year 1096 the temple had a fire mishap and fortunately the golden flag mast and the Koothambalam were not affected. Maharajah Sree Chithira Thirunal Rama Varma rebuilt the temple and the golden flag mast was re-installed.
The giant 8 foot tall presiding deity Murugan facing east has four arms carrying Vel (spear) in one hand, Vajrayudha in another hand one hand bestowing blessing (showing Abhahya mudra) and the other toughing the thighs. The idol is believed be an embodiment (an hamsam of) of Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma all in one form. The temple has four towers - gopuras and the Srikovil (sanctum) is round in shape. Here Murugan's mount Mayil (peacock) is kept in a separate place. There is a Koothambalam within the compound. On festival days it is used for performing the tradtional dances of Kerala. The golden flags staff (Dwajasthambam) is the biggest one in Kerala.
After Thiruvonam, in commemoration of retrieval of the idol Vigraha Labdhi Jalolsavam is conducted in Payippad river for three days. This event attracts a lot of devotees. Chitira Ulsavam, Markazhi Ulsavam
Aavani Ulsavam, Thaipooyam are important festivals here.