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|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||KL-9 & KL-52|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Ponnani|
Thrithala is a village in Pattambi taluk (then Ottappalam taluk) in Palakkad District of Kerala state, South India. The village is located along the banks of Bharathapuzha and is famed for its Shiva temple.
The legend of 'Parayi petta panthirukulam' is centred around Trithala. According to this story, a Brahmin named Vararuchi, married a lower caste woman without knowing her true identity(?). After the marriage, they set out on a long journey. During the course of the journey, the woman became pregnant several times, and every time she delivered a baby, the husband asked her to leave it there itself. Each of the babies was taken up by people of different castes (totally 12), thus they grew up in that caste, making the legendary 'Panthirukulam'. They all became famous in their lives and many tales are attributed to them. The eldest was Agnihothri, a Brahmin, whose place is Mezhathur in Trithala. The others are Pakkanar (basket weaver), Perumthachan (Master carpenter), Naranathu Bhranthan (an eccentric but divine person), Vayillakunnilappan (a child without mouth, whom the mother wanted to keep with her) and so on. Their stories are mentioned in the well known book 'Eithihyamala' by Kottarathil Sankunni.
The Siva temple, probably built during the 9th and 10th century, marks the transition from the Chola to the Pandya style of architecture. According to a legend, the child Agnihotri was bathing in the river along with his mother. He heaped the sand in the form of a mound on a plate ('thalam' in Malayalam). When the mother tried to remove the sand, she found that it has solidified in the form of a 'Siva Lingam'. Thus the deity is known as 'Thalathilappan', meaning God in a plate. The idol is said to have the constitution of sand. It is believed that the sharp bend in the river in the area was formed due to the river changing its course on its own, to give space for the temple to be built.
- V. T. Bhattathiripad, Dramatist and a prominent freedom fighter
- M. T. Vasudevan Nair, Malayalam Writer
- E. Sreedharan, Former Managing Director of DMRC
- Ammu Swaminathan, Courageous freedom fighter and a prominent leader
- Caption Lakshmi Sahgal, Activist of the Indian independence movement
- Maha Kavi Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri
- Major Ravi, Malayalam film director
- AH Trithala, Malayalam writer
It belongs to Ponnani Loksabha Constituency (then Ottappalam Loksabha Constituency), current MP is E. T. Mohammed Basheer. Thrithala is the 49th legislative assembly constituency, current MLA is Adv V T Balram of INC.