Places to Visit in Pandalam
Among the fastest growing place in the state of Kerala, Pandalam is a holy town next to Sabarimala with religious significance. The temporary residence of the presiding deity of Sabarimala, named Sree Ayyappa had been the son of the Raja of Pandalam. Since then the entire region has become a sacred ground and is visited by a large number of tourists and worshippers.
It is a permanent home for the royal family of Pandalam, situated on the banks of River Achankovil. And, in the present, nearby to it, there are two complexes, first is Valiyakoikkal Temple and the other one is Kaipuzha Temple.
Sree Ayyappa Pandalam Temple
Sree Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala had his human sojourn in Pandalam as the son of the king. The Valiyakoikal Temple near the palace on the banks of river Achenkovil has been modelled on the Sabarimala shrine. As per sources, three days before the Makaravilaku festival, the sacred ornaments of Sree Ayyappa are taken in a procession from Pandalam Temple to Sabarimala.
Pandalam Valiyakoikkal Temple
This temple is also associated with the Lord Ayyappa. The King of Pandalam constructed this Dharmasastha temple. The Thiruvabharana procession starts from this temple, and Sabarimala people consider this temple as an important point in their pilgrimage.
Pandalam Mahadeva Temple
It is one of the major tourist attractions in Pandalam, situated in between Thottakkonam and Mulampuzha villages. Out of 108 temples, it is one of the oldest temples consecrated by the great Sannyasin Khara Muni. This Shiv Mandir is unique because of the natural procession around the Sanctorum.
Padanilam Parabrahma Temple
Dedicated to Lord Parabrahma, this temple is said to be one of the major ones in Kerala. A unique factor about this temple is, it doesn’t have any boundary walls and roofs. Locals say that the temple was built with the concept of treating all devotees equally. That’s why; people belonging to different religious background often visit to offer their praying. Believing in this concept, the temple authority also appointed non-Brahmin priests as well to perform the rituals.