IDOL

TThe Siva Linga installed at Sreemoolasthanam has all divinities according to Vedamanthras. Inn addition it has Deva divinity. Rishi divinity and human divinity. Thus it is supreme in all respects. According to legend it was first worshipped daily by SreeParvathy. Rishi Mandhatha worshipped it subsequently for a long time and then by two holy Deva like Brahmins, in accordance with the instructions of Rishi codified in Grandha. All these contribute to infinite and unsurpassed Chaithanya of Linga. It is believed that Parvathy, Parameswaran and Durga- the three divinities - are ever present in that Idol.


The Siva Linga installed at Sreemoolasthanam has all divinities according to Vedamanthras. Inn addition it has Deva divinity. Rishi divinity and human divinity. Thus it is supreme in all respects. According to legend it was first worshipped daily by SreeParvathy. Rishi Mandhatha worshipped it subsequently for a long time and then by two holy Deva like Brahmins, in accordance with the instructions of Rishi codified in Grandha. All these contribute to infinite and unsurpassed Chaithanya of Linga. It is believed that Parvathy, Parameswaran and Durga- the three divinities - are ever present in that Idol.

The Idol of Thirumandhamkunnilamma in Mathrusala is of "daru". A number of Bhadrakali temples in Kerala have daru idols, but one at Thirumandhamkunnu excels them all. In mathrusala installation is aRurujit - one who conquered Ruru the Asura - The idol is about six feet high, in a sitting posture with the left leg bent up to the lap and the right one freely hanging down. The figure of Devi with the brilliant crown, the glittering ornaments covering the breast bangles and anklets, the head of Darika and weapons held in the eight hand, though fierce as a whole is captivating. While standing before the diety with bowed the bhakta experiences Devils motherly affection at heart.

The doorway to the Sreekovil is not directly in front of the idol as is the case usually in most temples. Here it is slightly shifted to the right. The divinity of Goddess is transferred by avahanam to a metallic bimba and abhishekam etc., is done on the replica. The bimba is used as thidambu for mounting on elephant during festivals.

The idols of Sapthamathrukkal and temple child are made from the same seasoned jack wood from which the idol of the main diety was carved out. The legend about the temple child is that Parvathy and Parameswara laid a small lad in the scorching sun to calm down the angry and ferocious Devi returning with the thunderous roars after killing Darika. That lad later became the temple child and subsequently the temple ward (kshethrapalaka). This idol is said to be growing slightly every year!

"Ishnika" was the name of the craftsman who carved out these idols. Apart from the main at Mathru sala, the Kshetrapala and sreemoolasthanam Siva, Nagas and Brahmarakshas are also installed in the temple. There is also an idol of Child Ganapathy at the foot the age-old peepal tree standing on the northern side of the temple.

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