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Kadavallur

Today I visited Kadavallur Sree Rama temple. This temple is known for the famous Vedic contest called Anyonyam that is held there every year. I have been planning to visit the place for quite some time, but it was only today that I got an opportunity.

I started from home at 9AM today. I went to Thrissur and from there took a bus to Kunnamkulam. I had to wait at Kunnamkulam bus stand for some fifteen minutes and then I got a bus going to Kuttippuram, via Kadavallur. It took fifteen minutes to reach Kadavallur. I got down and enquired at a shop there regarding the way to the temple. They pointed to a small road going towards the left and I took that path.

After five minutes of walk through the village road, there was a left turn and then suddenly the temple became visible. The place looked very deserted except for few children who were playing cricket on the road, using a big rock in place of stumps. I got inside the temple and realized that the sanctum sanctorum was already closed after the madhyahna puja. There were few villagers sitting inside. They told that the temple will open again at 5 and I could take rest under some peepal tree there until then, and take food from the hotel in the main road. I told them that it would be too late for me if I have to wait till evening, so I would just have a pradakshina around the outer temple and then go back.

The villagers were very helpful and they took me around and showed a huge well at a corner of the temple. Legend says that the well was made by Agasthya Maharshi, they told me. They also told that this year's Anyonyam is in November and there would be many cultural programs etc. Later, they took me to the temple pond nearby. It might be covering at least two acres and was filled with shining green water that reflected images of areca nut and coconut trees. Beyond the pond there were green paddy fields. I thanked and said bye to my village friends as they wanted to go back. When I told them that I wanted to have a stroll around the pond, they advised me that I shouldn’t go too far, as I may loose way, etc.

I spent some time observing the beautiful pond and the paddy fields and then took a narrow village path that was covered with dry leaves. There was nobody in the road, and the only noises were that of wind and of dry leaves under my footsteps. I have a phobia for snakes, and somehow I got the idea that anytime I will come across a king cobra on that road. So I was very careful and scanned the ground during every step. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the walk through that path.

After five minutes of walk, I reached the backside of the temple. Its huge walls made of red sandstones and covered with mosses was a beautiful sight. And then I met an old lady, plucking flowers from a mulla plant there. From where I am and what am I doing there, she asked. I told that I came from certain faraway place called Irinjalakuda and I was sad that I couldn’t have the darshana and I was about to return now. I was hesitant to tell her that I intended to hang around there for an hour more and take few photographs of those beautiful mosses on the temple walls, etc., as I thought she would feel it weird. So, I told her that I just wanted to see the temple pond as well since anyway I have come this far. The old lady directed me to the pond and I walked in that direction. She waited until I reached a turning on the road leading to the pond.

I quickly walked through the narrow footpath adjacent to the pond and reached the main entrance of the temple, and took few more photographs and I met the lady there again! She asked me whether I liked the pond, and then showed me the way to the bus stop. I could come back in November and watch the Anyonyam as well, she suggested.

I liked the little village of Kadavallur, the ancient temple, and that beautiful pond with paddy fields in the background. I liked those simple and helping people as well. Their curiosity seemed annoying to me in the beginning, but later I realized that they really mean to help, and it is just me who is corrupted by Life and cant help feeling suspicious of anything or anybody.


Scenes from Kadavallur temple


From Kadavallur bus stop, I got a direct bus to Thrissur. I got down in the Round, and had a nice masala dosa at Sree Radhakrishna Coffee Club. Every inch of Thrissur round is filled with memories regarding my Engineering college days, which was one of the most beautiful periods in my life, and I get very emotional during any walk through the Round. Memories - I think they always makes us sad. Nice memories make us feel sad that Past is irrecoverably lost, and we think we are in a bad shape compared to the old times. Bad memories make us feel sad that things of Past are irreversible, and we never think that we are in a better position now compared to old days.

I got a bus from Shakthan Thampuran bus stand and reached home at 2:30PM. It was indeed a nice trip.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 24th, 2004 10:56 am (UTC)

u r right da

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i remember ur 'phobia' on snakes.hope u didnt forget our trip to Yercaud from engg college, we lost our way in the thick forest!u were about to cry that day ! moreover snakes were dancing around!
Now it is funny to remember and laugh!
yes yaar, those days were really wonderful! thanks...
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From:ratheesh
Date:October 25th, 2004 06:09 am (UTC)

Re: u r right da

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Yea.. :-) How can I forget that trip ;-)

Who is it? Joju? Siju?
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From:ratheesh
Date:October 25th, 2004 06:15 am (UTC)

Re: u r right da

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Or Jayanand ? :-)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 24th, 2004 11:19 pm (UTC)

From Suraj

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Hi Ratheesh,

Another good write-up :). I got some nostalgia about Peruvanam and Arattupuzha temples, which are similar. Have you been to Arattupuzha at all? I think its closer to IJK and its a beautiful, calm temple in the middle of Paddy fields

Tcr Round is something which no TCRite and GECTite cna easily forget. Bharat Hotel's Masala Dosa and evening Tandoori items are somethings which I always deliciously remember. I goto Bharat whenever I goto Tcr, if I get a chance.
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From:ratheesh
Date:October 25th, 2004 06:11 am (UTC)

Re: From Suraj

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True, I havent been to Arattupuzha yet :-(
I will surely plan for going there during my next home trip.
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From:sunoj
Date:October 25th, 2004 02:29 pm (UTC)

Excellent

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Ratheesh,

Your writeups really keep me awake, working on odd, rotten night shifts. Your articles on India history, makes me recollect those days in school, reading those history books in school.

I hardly go to temples...Infact if someone, pull me out of a bed, then i may think. Having read your articles,I would make a tour for sure.

I hate reading books and articles....I do not have patience to read any. But these articles are wonderful....May be because i know you well, which makes me read these.

If you were wondering if it was Joju or Siju who wrote the first comment, then you may be wrong, because i suspect it could be Suri.

<[:o))...Sunoj
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From:ratheesh
Date:October 25th, 2004 07:41 pm (UTC)

Re: Excellent

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Thanks Sunoj :-)

There were ten of us who strayed into forest that day, and Suri was not among us. So he cant be the one :-)

From the language I would suspect Jayanand or Joju, but cant be sure, since our languages have changed over years :-)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 25th, 2004 09:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Excellent

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I think it might be Ajay Unni. He was there with us, remember?
Regards
Suraj
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 2nd, 2004 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Vadhyar,
The writings and the way you presented them are quite impressive.
I have not gone through all of them. Will utilise a boring nigh out to read something good. Will try to comment on some of them.
Too many bus journeys seem to be :(

I am travelling to Wayanad Deewali week end. I should definetly visit Thirunelly Temple (seeing your this section).More over it is believed, that a dip in the river Papanasini,wipes one off all sins!!!! Ooooh!!!!!!!!!!!!! I should visit every month

-Siju
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 23rd, 2005 12:59 pm (UTC)

kadavallur

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just stumbled on to the journal.

I've longed to visit kadavallur for a long time but didn't happen.

having read this is an inspiration to keep my desire.

it was a nice write up. but in malayalam we call 'theerthakkara paapi'( reached there, couldn't get into the temple).

have you seen karumadi kuttan? its buddhan.
If interested do visit the sankaranarayana temple near karumadi kuttan.
panachikkadu, kaviyoor, thrikkodithanam,varanadu devi temple list is unending. beautiful location etc
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From:ratheesh
Date:December 26th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)

Re: kadavallur

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Thanks for the comment.

I havent seen Karumadi Kuttan. Thanks for the pointers. I would like to visit these temples, and will try if I get a chance.

Regards,
Ratheesh
From:p1db
Date:August 15th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)

Kadavallur

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Interesting account of your visit. I was born in Kadavallur and used to go there every year for school vacations. Remember the pond, the temple and the wonderful and peaceful surroundings. The large banyan tree with bats hanging from them. I used to wake up to the sound of devotional songs played thru a loudspeaker every day.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 5th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
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I was born in Kadavallur and found your post very interesting
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