Thrichittatt Maha Vishnu Temple

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Trichittatt Mahavishnu Temple
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Trichittatt Mahavishnu Temple is located in Kerala
Trichittatt Mahavishnu Temple
Trichittatt Mahavishnu Temple
Location in Kerala
Coordinates 9°19′36″N 76°36′15″E / 9.32667°N 76.60417°E / 9.32667; 76.60417Coordinates: 9°19′36″N 76°36′15″E / 9.32667°N 76.60417°E / 9.32667; 76.60417
Country India
State Kerala
District Alapuzha
Location Chenganoor
Primary deity Imayavarappa Perumal
Poets Nammalvar
Architectural styles Dravidian architecture

The Mahavishnu Temple, Thrichittatt, Chengannoor is one of the five Vishnu temples associated with the five Pandava brothers, the principal characters of the Mahabharata. It is believed that Yudhisthira, one of the brothers, performed penance at this site. It is one of the "Divya Desams", the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars.[1]


Earliest references to this temple appear in the poems and hymns composed by the greatest of Alvar saints - Nammalvar, in circa 800 AD. Stone inscriptions in the temple date it back to the Second Chera Empire (800 - 1102 AD).[2]


During Mahabharata war, Yudhisthira, the head of the Pandavas, who never before uttered a lie, lied in one instant to defeat his Guru, Dronacharya. To overcome the sin of the lie, he underwent penace worshipping the lord here. Imayavar(Devas) came to this place prior to Yudhisthira and hence the deity here is referred as Imayavarappar.


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  1. ^ 108 Vaishnavite Divya Desams: Divya desams in Pandya Nadu. M. S. Ramesh, Tirumalai-Tirupati Devasthanam.
  2. ^ Temples of Kerala. S. Jayashanker, Directorate of Census Operations, Kerala (Census of India, Special Studies) (May 1997). Temples of Kerala, page 304-305.