Another version of the legend says that
was consecrated by Neelarshi - a Shiva Bhakta and Sree Rama temple was consecrated by Swetharshi - a Vishnu Bhakta. Siva Temple
HEARSAY AND RELATED RITUALS
Sree Rama's journey from KOSALA to LANKA and back has great significance from the viewpoint of emotional integration of people of different culture right from
Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Gujrat to West Bengal, Assam and eastern states. Sree Rama, Seetha and Lakshmana are believed to have traveled through the entire length and breadth of ARYAVARTHA, as evidenced by the concerned local belief that a certain place acquired its name from certain episode related to one or other action of Sree Rama, Lakshmana or Seetha. The phenomenon can be seen to exist all over in connection with many of our heroes in Ramayana and Mahabharatha. Repetition of the same episode in different version can be seen in other places. India
As already mentioned, the name Thiruvangad is derived from SWETHRANYA - a dense forest - where Swethamuni conducted his Tapas. With the establishment of this temple the dense forest acquired the divine status and came to be known as Thiruvangad (THIRU denoting sacred status and Vankad denoting dense forest).
There is and interesting hearsay about the outer wall constructed by Mr.T.H.Baber, then the Malabar Collector who was deputed by the British to quell the great Pazassi Thampuran. Mr. Baber entered the temple compound riding on his horse when an old man advised him to desist from going in front of Perumal on horse back and also to salute Perumal as a mark of respect, which went unheeded. When he reached the Eastern entrance gate of the temple the horse fell flat and could not get up in spite of Baber’s efforts to revive it; convinced of the greatness of the deity Mr.Baber constructed the compound wall and became a devotee.
In the second half of the 18th century when Tippu sultan attacked Kerala and reached the eastern fields in front of the temple, firing at the seven storeyed "GOPURAM", it seems a lady sweeper of the temple complained to the Lord about the impending disaster. It is said that she heard a voice asking her to look east words closing one of her eyes; on doing so she she saw muting in the enemy camp as a consequence of which Tippu had to retreat. This place is known as PERUMBORKALAM where Perumal with his entourage conducts the annual hunting (Pallivetta) on the night of 6th day during Vishu Mahotsavam.
It is also the hearsay that the woman sweeper lost sight of her eye with which she saw the mutiny in the enemy camp while the sight of the closed eye was in tact. The defective eye is said to inherit even to this day in atleast one member of the family of the woman sweeper.
Sree Porkali Devi of nearby Muzhakkunnu is the deity of the Namakara Mandapam. The story is that there was an argument between the Chief Priest (Mel Shanthi) and the Marar (the specialist in Vadhyam and pipe music) about the former’s ability to show Devi’s presence through his Thanthra sastra and rituals and the latter’s capacity to attract Devi with his pipe (shehnoy) music. Both were experts in their own lines of profession. The Chief Priest challenged Marar, which he (Marar ) accepted gracefully. While the Chief Priest was about to prepare the Naiveyam for Devi, the Marar played the pipe (with the help of Beejakshara Manthram concert). Devi’s presence was sensed by the Chief Priest, who due to lack of time could not prepare the Naivedyam and in haste has to offer the wet rice (uncooked) to the Devi. The Chief priest admitted the defeat over the Marar’s ability, and according to the condition of the bet, the Chief Priest entrapped the most powerful DEVI inside the present wooden enclosure. Since then the main offering to Devi is the wet rice.
The hearsay about those damages to one of the golden Pinnacles (THAZHIKAKUDAM) on the copper roof of the temple is that it was caused by robbers who unsuccessfully tried to scale the height of the temple using monster lizard and rope.
Reference has already been made to Pokkinassery and killing of Khara by Sree Rama. There is a belief that no story or play in any form pertaining to Khara Vadha can be staged in the temple compound because of an unfortunate experience a Kathakali artiste had in olden days. The artiste who mouthed Khara’s War cry against Sree Rama, found himself in the temple tank below the Gopuram due to some hallucinatory experience. The deity is believed to be established in a fierce mood immediately following the Khara Vadham.
Another hearsay is that the chief architect of this temple is PERUMTHACHAN (the celebrated authority on architecture and carpentry), referred to in the AYTHIHYAMALA of Kottarathil Sankunny, who has concealed a measuring scale (MUZHAKKOL) somewhere behind the artistic sculptures in the temple. The architect who can locate it, can claim the honour of MOOTHASARI Title of the area.
Vadakkedam and Kizhakkedam are the two Shiva Temples in the compound of which the former is the age old shrine where Swethamuni performed his Tapas. The divine power of Mahadeva in Vadakkedam was said to cause severe drought and crop loss in the eastern paddy fields of Vayalalam, Kodiyeri etc. The remedy suggested by the Astrologers was to establish another
opposite to Vadakkedam to offset or tranquilise the aggressive divinity and avert the draught. This may be to attract the attention of the people of the area to the prevailing severe drought detrimental to agricultural production and induce them to take up remedial measure in water conservation and drainage facilities which might be lacking in those days. Kunduchira dam for drainage might have been an after thought of this episode. temple of Mahadeva