Adikesava Perumal temple of Thiruvattar,TN patronized by former rulers of Travancore

 The Adikesava Perumal of Thiruvattar, Kanyakumari district is one among the 108 Divya desams as well as one of the  holy shrines of Malai Nadu. Surrounded by 3 rivers it was the Rajya Temple and Bharadevatha shrine of Erstwhile Travancore. For a long period, the royal family of Travancore patronized this temple. This temple is a bend of Dravida and Kerala style temple architecture. Wood is widely used for the temple contraction, particularly in the front part with slanting roof and gables. Temple is accessed through a flight of steps. Inside the temple various halls - mantaps are made of hard rock with fine divine sculptures.

Adikesava Perumal of Thiruvattar, TN

The presiding deity Adikesava perumal in reclining posture (Sayana posture on the serpent Aadi Sesha) is believed to be older than Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala and this place is called ''Srirangam of Chera Nadu'' as it is set in a place surrounded by three rivers.  The puja rituals, temple festivities, etc  of Padmanabha Swamy temple, Thiruvananthapuram  and   Adikesava Perumal of Thiruvattar are well connected and fall on same days. In the former the main deity, Vishnu in sayana posture is facing the latter Adikesava Perumal. Here, the sayana perumal  with God Shiva near him can be viewed through three doors in the garbhagriha. There are many beautiful sculptures in the Chitra sabha and sabha mandapa. The former has well-made  sculptures of the Dwara Palakas, Jaya and Vijaya. Sculptures of Lakshmana and Pathanjali. Udaya Marthanda mandapam has numerous fine sculptures.

Front part. Adikesava Perumal,Thiruvattar, TN

Prakaram thruvattur, temple. TN

Adikesava Perumal of Thiruvattar, TN

Both temples are more or less similar in certain aspect of architectural features  Mention may be made of the Ottakkal (single  stone hall) Mandapam, Bali prakaram, Yanaikottil and the moolavars (main deities in Sreekovil) that are made of Salagrama stones. That  certain temples rituals  first held at  Sree AdiKesava Temple  are  later being followed at the Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram on the same days suggests the close link between these two temples. The tradition of similar pujas at both temples has been around for a long time.

Adikesava perumal temple, location. Holy Dham

Consecrated by Parasurama,  its origin goes back to Treta yuga. It is believed Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, founder of the Gaudiya Vaishnava movement, discovered the lost manuscript of the Brahma Samhita in this temple and this information needs further study.

The Vijayanagara rulers made some additions in the 1500s CE and the ornate stone pillars with carved Veerabhadra image symbolize their design style. Inscriptions in the temple mention about 11th century Rajendra Chola's contribution. The outer corridor is supported by 200 ornate pillars and inner prakara is adorned with  lots of mural paintings.,_Kanyakumari