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Palakkad: “Rayiranellur Malakayattam” devotees first offer worship at the temple of Naduvattom Devi. Then chanting prayers with religious fervor they trudge up 1½ kms and 400 steps uphill to pay their obeisance at the Durga temple where she is supposed to have blessed ‘Narayanath Branthan,’ on the first day of the Malayalam month of ‘Thulam. Then they circumambulate the huge statue of ‘Narayanath Branthan,’ in the belief that the goddess would bless them too. As per legend, from morning on the ‘Bhranthan’ would roll up a boulder, reaching the top by noon. Then letting go he would clap and roar with laughter watching it rolling down, an allegory on the absurdity of life.
Today Vaikom is one of the most revered Shiva shrines in South India. The temple alongwith Ettumanoor Siva Temple, Kaduthuruthy Thaliyil Mahadeva Temple is considered a powerful trisome. The belief is that if a devotee worships at these three temples before 'Ucha pooja', all the wishes are fulfilled.
Though Vaikkath Asthami is the the better known festival at the temple, it celebrates many other festivals, some of them unique to the temple.
Accoding to legends, the antiquity of this temple dates back 3,000 years. The temple has been the host of the most ancient and well-known yearly Devamela a festival when all gods and goddesses assemble at Arattupuzha. It is believed that the deity of Arattupuzha temple is the embodiment of the divine potential of Guru Vasishta, the great master of Lord Sree Rama