About temple:The temple is among the 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas and comes under Malai naatu divyadesams. The presiding deity is Sri Kaatkarai appan in standing posture and gives darshan in the form of Vamana avatharam of Lord Vishnu with Shanku, chakram and Padma Hastam. Thayar is known as Perunchelva Nayaki. There is also a Shivan sannadhi besides the main sannadhi. The place is famous for Nenthram pazham -a variety of banana. When the trees planted by the king failed to grow big, the king offered a golden plantain tree to the Lord and the Lord was pleased by this. So, the Lord is said to have blessed the king with many such plantain trees in this place.
This sthala Emperumaan, Kaatkarai Appan is worshipped by the people treating him as the Hamsam of Vaamanar. They take a very big utsavam for this perumal during the Onam festival.
Kerala is famous for Bananas and especially for a particular typed by named "Nenthiram". This banana has a closer relationship with this sthala perumal. Once, a bhaktar of the perumal, had a big land where the banana trees are planted.
But, it doesnt give him any yield and doesnt give him any bananas. The devotee at that felt that it might be some wrong thing he might have done and as a result of this only, the trees are not giving him the proper yield. So, he decided, the sight of the perumal fell on banana trees and from that time, it gave him lots of yield. Seen by the Kaatkarai appan's Nethira eyes, the yield was very high and because of this, the bananas are named as "Nethiram Pazham".
The Golden bananas which are dedicated towards Kaatkarai appan lost one day and the king on hearing this, blammed for the lost on a Yogi, who doesnt know anything about it. He punished the yogi and treated him badly.
But, the golden bananas were found inside the Garbhagriham of Moolavar sannadhi. On knowing this, the Yogi got angry and gave the sabham for the time, since he was caught as the thief only because of the time and after giving the sabham, he suicided and dead.
But, his soul doesnt leave the world but it turned into a Brahma Raatshasan and roamed in the world.
To get out of the Sabham, as suggested by himself (the Yogi who is in the form of the Raatshasan), constructed a bamboo roof and destroyed it using the fire in this sthalam and thereby from the bright fire that comes out from the bamboo would ride away the sabham of the Yogi.
After this, they all did the same thing suggested by the Yogi to ride away the sabham. As a result of this, a small temple was constructed for the Yogi and daily poojas are done to make him cool. This is one of the purana (older) history told about this sthalam.
Kaatkarai Appan gave his prathyaksham for Kapila munivar. Kapila munivar was born as as the son for Karthama Prasapathi and Devabhoothi and he is said to be the hamsam of Vishnu. He explained the Gnana thathuvam for his mother itself. He was given space to do his daily Tapas by Samuthira rajan.
Once, Indiran grabbed the horse of Sakaraas and tied the horse behind the hut of Kapila muni. Thinking that Kapila muni has made a theft of taking the horse towards himself, the Sakaraas blammed upon Kapila muni. But, on hearing the blamming words from them, he got angry and made them into ash by his firing vision.
After this, Bakeerathan, got the Ganga water from Lord Shiva and poured on the ash of Sakaraas to make them to get the mukthi. Having this kind of greatness person is Kapila muni, who was given the prathyaksham of the perumal.
Morning Pick up from Theni.
Proceeding towards Ernakulam.
Hotel Check in.
Then proceed towards Thirukatkarai - Sri Kaatkarai Appa Perumal Temple
Come back to Hotel.
Overnight stay at Hotel - Kochi.
Morning Breakfast at Hotel.
Then proceed towards Chinese fishing nets.
Veeranpuzha Lake and Backwaters.
Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary.
Come back to Hotel.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
After fresh up & Breakfast.
Check out from the Hotel.
Then proceed towards Fort Kochi.
Then starting our Journey towards Theni with sweet Memories of Kerala.
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