Lord Vishnumaya is akin to Sastha, Muruka or Vikhneswara but this Sivanandana (The Child of Siva) is worshipped not in common but by a special kind of devotees who need an extraordinary result. “Vishnumaya is easily pleased and humane” are the words of Devotees. Let us look into the glory of Peringottukara Sree Vishnumaya. On his way for the divine hunt Lord Siva happens to see Koolivaka, a tribal woman. She was a devotee of Goddess Parvathy. “In the yester-birth, Koolivaka tried to suckle Ganapathy. Now she is to get a chance to foster Siva’s son” Siva approached Koolivaka and asked her to be ready to be his son’s mother. Koolivaka was a devotee of Parvathy. Knowing her plight, Parvathy disguised as Koolivaka and awaited to welcome Siva. Siva and disguised Koolivaka united resulting in the birth of a cute child. Siva and Parvathy appeared in front of Koolivaka and deputed her to foster the child. After living with Koolivaka for some years the child became mature enough to know the detail of his real parents. Then Sivanandana proceeded to the abode of Siva and rode on a cute Buffalo blowing his favourite Eezhara.
When he was not allowed enter to the abode of Siva, Sivanandana assumed the form of Vishnu. Thus Sivanandana was known as ‘Vishnumaya’. When he was with his parents Lord Vishnumaya killed Demons like Bhringa and Jalandhara. Due to the divine deeds he had done was invited to live in heaven. Lord Vishnumaya sai “I prefer to live on the earth with the human beings”. This deity was worshiped by Punchanellur family in North Kerala. Velumuthappan Swami who wanted to protect the village from misery did strict penance to please Being pleased Bhuvaneswary for an apt solution. Bhuvaneswary appeared before him and said “Install the idol of Vishnumaya and worship with utmost devotion” Velumuthappan did as per the advice.
One morning he got an idol of Vishnumaya from Triprayar River. He brought it to his house. Then he sought the advice of Punchanellur Family.The senior most person in the family blessed him with ‘Moolamanthra’ (The divine hymn). Velumuthappanswamy started worshiping Vishnumaya and some of his followers were chosen to be the Velichapadu of Vishnumaya cult. The shrine built by VelumuthappanSwamy has been served by 4 generations. Today the shrine has become famous as Peringottukara Devasthanam where many a devotee find a solution for their problems.
Velumuthappan Swamy is the pioneer devotee and the Chief person behind the divine presence of Vishnumaya Swamy at Peringottukara.
Following the footsteps of Velumuthappan Swamy, Velukutty Swamy ascended the steps of worshipping Vishnumaya Swamy.
Veluswamy bequeathed his whole hearted blessing on Damodaran Swamy& he took over the charge of Lord Vishnumaya Swamy worship.
Dr.Unni Swamy, Head of Devasthanam, is the torch bearer of this Century of Sree Vishnumaya Swamy Cult.
Difference between Vishnumaya & Kuttichathan
Pooja Benefits & Rituals To Follow
Doubts about worshipping Vishnumaya swami
The birthday of Lord Vishnumaya is celebrated as “Thiravellattu’.This day is most suited for the devotees to get their wishes fulfilled.The auspicious day for the next festival is predicted by God himself who perform dance on this day. The idol of founder priest sree Velumuthappan is also brought out from the Kushikalpam along with the idol of vishnmaya swamy. The Festival lasts for 9 days.
During the period of Mandalakalam which includes malayalam month karkkidakam & vrichikam (july) only swasthika poojas are held. Before this poojas , kalamezhuthupatt programmes are also held in the month of midhuna &thula (November) . These auspeicious days are excellent for visiting the temple and to make offering and poojas. Collecting the dust from the kalam and keeping and worshiping it at a holy place in the house is considered to be auyspicious for it brings prosperity and scare away the evil spirits.
After the completion of thiravellattu ,to please the mother of devasthanam Bhuvaneswari devi, Thottampattu festival is held. Kalamezhuthu (drawing and decorating of the idol on the floor) and taking out the idol in a procession playing traditional instruments and beating drums is also held on this occasion.