Saturday, 8 October 2011

Sree Raghavapuram Temple -Hanumarambalam

                                     Shri Guru Charan Saroj Raj   Nij mane mukure sudhar  
                                     Varnao Raghuvar Vimal Jasu   Jo dayaku phal char  
                                     Budhi Hin Tanu Janike  Sumirau Pavan Kumar 
                                    Bal budhi Vidya dehu mohe Harahu Kalesa Vikar  

       Sree Raghavapuram Temple widely known as “Hanumarambalam”is situated at Cheruthazham, a near by village of Payyanur-Kerala. One of the most ancient and famous Vaishnava temples of northern Kerala.

It is believed that the temple was being constructed in the 8th Century A.D. by the ruler Udaya Varman Kolathiri. He brought 237 scholarly Brahmin families from Gokarnakshethra present Tulu speaking area under Karnataka. These scholars were settled in five villages including Cheruthazham, Kunnaru, Arathilpuracheeri, Kullapuram etc. During the attack of Tipu Sulatan, many of the brahmin families migrated to south Kerala and settled around Tiruvalla.

The village Cheruthazham includes places namely Sri Raghavapuram, Sri Krishnapuram, Udayapuram. . It is believed that during the Rama-Ravana yudham at Lanka, when Shree Hanuman carried the 'Aushdha Shailam'(Mountain with Mridhasanjeevani) to Lanka for giving life to Lakshmana, a piece of the mountain broke and fell down from His hands at this place (where the temple is located) and thus the 'Ezhimala' was formed. From that time itself the presence or the Chaitanya of Shree Hanuman and Shree Ramaswami was felt and experienced here.

Lord Sri Rama, Lord Anjaneya, Lord Parameswara and Sri Durga Devi are the main deities worshipped in this temple. Sree Raghavapuram Temple has many special features. Lord Sri Rama with Sita Devi and Lakshmana on the same pedestal can be seen only in this temple.  
Shree Hanuman's temple is located inside the 'Naalambalam' at the 'Vaayu mula'(Northwest corner) of the main 'Shree Koil' of the temple. Lord Shiva just outside theNalambalam. Lord is facing the west, and 'Shanta Shiva Prathshta' is the importance of the idol. On to the western side of the Lord Siva temple there is a 'Shree Koil' for Shree Durga Devi.

About Ezhimala :-

   Ezhimala - ('ഏഴിമല' - 7 hills) a beautiful landscape lies as a separate island surrounded by almost 3/5 by river streams and 2/5 by Arabian Sea and its origin linked to the most revered Epic of Ramayana..  The hills were originally portions of the Himalayan mountain ('Ishabhadri') which Hanuman, after bringing them to the battlefield at Laṅkā to revive Rama’s army, accidentally dropped on his return journey with "Mrithasanjeevani".The pieces fell in seven segmented portions one touching the other and that was how the hill was born.

 History Says ; The Ezhimala Fort or Ettikkulam fort lies about 2km south of Mount De-eli or Ezhimala. The fort was built by the Portuguese and subsequently held by the French and the English. It consists of three hexagonal prismatic structures, one of which has been completely damaged. The side walls of the fort are of various lengths and are almost ruined.
Ezhimala may be a variation of 'Azhimala', which meant "The mount near the Sea" was the seat of powerful kingdom which comprised the whole of the present districts from Wayanad to Kasargod and produced the great warrior king Nannan in the 5th century. In the later days Ezhimala was the capital of Mooshika and Kolathiri Rajas.
Today Ezimala is part of indian Navy.The biggest hanuman statue is situated in Ezimala, Place called 'Anjneyagiri'.

Cherutazham village gifted with lot of Kathakali
artists  and  the traditional musical items like "panchavadyam", "taayambaka", "chenda melam" artists.
The flake offering (Avil Nivedyam) to Lord Anjaneya  is a precious and popular offering of this temple.  Moreover the “Thidambu Nritham” (holy dance performed by the Brahmins with the Idols of Gods on their head) with four idols at a time is performed only here.

Temple timings: 
Morning: 5.30  am to 10.00 am  
Evening : 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm
Main offering  : Avil Nivedyam.
Utsavam :Makaram 21st to 25th (As per malayalam Calender)
How to reach :
By Road:  Kannur–Pazayangadi -Payyanur route -24 km from Kannur 
By Train: Pazayangadi /Payyanur Station - 8 km
By Air : Kozhikode /Mangalore Airport.
GPS Position : 12.071371683262317  75.25913715362549

                                                                Pavantnai sankat haran,
                                                                Mangal murti roop.
                                                                Ram Lakhan Sita sahit,
                                                                Hrdaye basahu sur bhoop.