The custom in most of the Temples in Kerala is to have five Poojas and three Sivelis a day. But in Koodalmanikyam there are only three Poojas and no Siveli. The diety is taken out for ceremonial procession only during the Annual Festival. There is no Deeparadhana. The floral offerings to the diety consist of Lotus,Tulasi and Chethi. No other flower is taken for Pooja or for making garlands.
|Dhanwanthara Moorthy to||ailing Devotees|
There is a popular belief that the diety at Koodalmanikyam is a veritable Dhanwanthara moorthy. There are several stories about His curing sometimes even incurable diseases of faithful devotees.
Long ago one aged devotee was sitting in Bhajanam at the Temple. He was a victim of chronic stomachache. One night he had a dream in which the Lord appeared before him and advised him to pluck out 101 brinjals from his garden and offer the same as Nivedya. This was done and he was totally relieved of stomachache. From that day onwards Brinjal Nivedyam became a special Nivedyam at the Temple.
| Another story is of gold smith who was ailing from severe stomachache and was cured in a mysterious way at the hands of Koodalmanikyam. This happened in around 1825 AD. The goldsmith had come from Tamil Nadu. As per the custom prevalent at the time he was not allowed to enter the inner Temple. However, undaunted by all such adversities, he started Bhajanam right at the foot of the flagstaff. When the then Thachudaya Kaimal heard that he was an expert goldsmith, he was sent for and asked to make the Angi in gold for the Lord. At that time only Thirumugham was made of gold. The goldsmith had no opportunity even to have a look at the idol let alone take measurements. Yet when the Angi was done in gold as per measurements given to him, it was found to be perfectly fitting the idol. The goldsmith did not take any remuneration. But the Lord amply compensated by totally relieving him of his stomachache.
The case of Ponnunni Kartha of Kodassery is a still later incident. It happened in 1907. Kartha was well above seventy and was suffering from acute stomachache. With six months Bhajanam he was completely cured.
Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar having heard the curative effect of Brinjal Nivedya visited the temple in 1972 and made an offering of Brinjal Nivedhya. Since then he was relieved of a stomach pain he was suffering for quiet a long period.
|Offer a Thamara Mala for an||auspicious start|
Lotus garland, popularly known as Thamaramala is an important offering to the diety. A full garland will be around twelve feet long and will have not less than 101 lotus flowers. Full flowers not their petals, are used in this garland. There is a strong and substantiated belief that if you offer a lotus garland before starting any new project or before the commencement of any important function like marriage, Koodalmanickyam will make the effort a full success. During Monsoon Devotees offer Thamaramala as a temporary injunction on rain till the proposed function is over. Even other
|temples offer Thamaramala to Koodalmanikyam before start of festivals, Kalasams at the respective temples.|
|Dhanwanthara Moorthy to ailing Devotees|
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