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Sri Imayavarappan temple
 
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Moolavar: Imayavarappan
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Sengamalavalli
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: Sanga Theertham, Chittraru
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Tiruchenkundrur
  City: Tiruchittraru
  District: Alappuzha
  State: Kerala
 
Singers:
     
  Saint Nammazhwar in his Mangalasasanam hymn says, “Imayavar Appan – Lord of the celestial world is my Appan-Lord too.  He creates, sustains and destroys the world.  His abode is in the midst of all pleasant environment filled with water sources where fishes are playing.  It is Tiruchengundrur on the banks of Tiruchittraru.  Who else except Him would come to protect me”.  
     
 Festival:
     
  Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January and Tiruvonam are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  This is one of the 108 Divyadesas of Lord Vishnu. Lord Perumal is facing west in standing form. Lord Shiva had the Darshan of Lord Vishnu here. The Vimana above Lord’s shrine is called Jega Jyoti Vimana.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 5.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Imayavar Appan Temple, Tiruchenkundrur, (Tiruchittraru), Azhapuzha, Kerala.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 479 - 246 6828 
    
 General Information:
     
 

The lights around the corridors-prakaras are painted attractively giving a pleasant look to devotees.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

It is strongly believed that Lord pardons wrong doers if they honestly and sincerely seek Lord’s grace.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform Tirumanjanam to Lord and Mother. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

The town where the temple is situated is Chengundrur.  The river flowing near the temple is Chittraru.  Name of the Lord is Imayavar Appan.  It is noteworthy that Nammazhwar has used all these three words in his Mangalasasanam hymn.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

It was an embarrassing situation for Dharma the eldest of Pandava brothers in the Kurukshetra battle field.  Unless Dronacharya the Guru of Dharma was killed, Pandavas cannot win.  Drona was very fond of his son Aswathama and he could not bear his loss in the battle field.  It was decided to make Drona believe that Aswathama was killed in the field.  Dharma had to do this job.  He knows it was sin to speak a lie of this kind.  But there was no option left if he has to win the war.  He told Drona that an elephant also named Aswathama was killed but toned down his voice while telling the word elephant and raised the voice while telling the name of Aswathama.  Drona could not bear the news and stopped fighting.  He was instantly killed by Dhrushtadyumna against the Yuddha Darma.

 

Yet, Darma could not excuse himself for the deed.  After war ended, he came to this place, performed penance for peace and cleansing.  It is said that Darma renovated this temple.  Even before Darma’s coming to this place, Imayavars (Devas) came to this place and performed penance on Lord Vishnu.  Lord granted them Darshan and was celebrated as Imayavar Appan – Lord of Devas.

 
     
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