Prathishta / Presiding Deity : Lord Ayyappa
Upadevatha / Sub Deities : xx
Thanthri: Manayathattu Illam
Trustee: Thiruvithamkoor Devaswam Board
The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Ayyappa. This temple is also known as 'Othalodiyan kavu'. In this temple the deity faces to east dide with wife and son. There are 5 poojas in a day. There are no sub deities.
There is a belief about the formation of this temple. The idol in this temple was once installed on a hill named 'Othar' ,by Lord Parasurama. But the idol reached in an agricultural farm because of a heavy flood. A magician(Odiyan)in that place found out the idol and gave it to 'Vilwamangalam Swami' for installation. But 'Vilwamangalam' realized the supernatural power of the idol and gave it to a sage named 'Udhayarkkan'. That sage installed the idol and the king of 'Chembakassery' built a temple there.
The main festival is in the month 'Kumbham'. Its an eight-day festival which ends
with 'Arattu'. Also 'Kalamezhuthupattu' is celebrated in 41 days. 'Kalabhabhishekam'
is celebrated from 1st Dhanu and ends after 11 days.
'Valiyenna'(a special type of medicinal oil) is a speciality of this temple. Its
believed that this oil has magical powers in taking away all the diseases from manhood.
But there are some rules and regulations for feeding the medicine. These medicines
are collected from 'Othar' hill. This oil is prepared by a man called 'Aasan', who
belongs to a Nair family. Another offering in this temple is a particular powder
which is fried.