History of Eravikulangara Temple
The Ashtamangalya prasna conducted in Eravikulangara Temple divulges that the temple is almost 1600 years old. According to the information gathered from the prasna the temple earlier dwelled amidst a dense forest where the presence of the deity was discovered. It is said that an ardent devotee of the Devi, Vilwamangalam Swamiyar got the darshan of Devi at this place. Thus, the hillock on which the temple has been constructed is named as Thiruviluam Kunnu. Years later, the presence of Lord Shiva and Sastha (Ayyappan) were also discovered here that attracted devotees from different corners of the nation. In 2007 a Thambula Prasna was conducted here. The prathishta of Brahma Rakshas and Naga Sarppam was installed in the temple following various tantric rituals in October 2008.
Legends of Eravikulangara Temple
Several interesting legendary fables are associated with Eravikulangara Temple that absorb into the religious sentiments of the devotees, generating a deep seated impact into the minds. According to one legend a Brahmin scholar residing close to Padappa Mana, known as Sankara Sarma worshipped Bhadrakali in his Illam. Once, he thought of taking monkhood hence, he installed the idol of Bhadrakali in the temple and departed for Kasi. Being consecrated, the goddess attained great power and was revered by all.
Another story states about the experience of a ‘Divine light’ discovered by the villagers who went for crazing in the midst of a dense jungle located on the banks of the lake. ‘Aa parambil adbhudam’ was the news that spread like wildfire in the village. The land later came to be known as Akapparambu. The divine light was revered by the devotees who later transformed it into a temple.
In another instance two youths once, during an act enacted as Bhadrakali and Darika. During the play both of them felt the presence of Devi and Asura within them. The Devi later chopped the head of the Darika. Later the body and head turned into two rocks, still existent near the temple. These are named as ‘Darika Para.’
Another story relates the experiences of a washerwoman who regularly washed clothes in a nearby lake. One day, the woman had more clothes to wash. Worried as she might not be able to accomplish the task before dusk, she stuck a twig in the ground praying to Lord Surya not to cross the twig before he completes her chore. The Lord attended to her prayers and became still. The Devi however, became raged and cursed the woman to turn into a rock along with her clothes. Thus, the rock is also referred to as Velathy Kallu.
Eravikulangara Temple is well connected by different modes of transport. The temple is almost at a distance of one kilometre away from the Nedumbassery International Airport. It is 500 meters away from the Kariyad Junction at NH 47.