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Veliyamkallu Park
Veliyamkallu Park
Coordinates: 10°48′0″N 76°7′0″E / 10.80000°N 76.11667°E / 10.80000; 76.11667Coordinates: 10°48′0″N 76°7′0″E / 10.80000°N 76.11667°E / 10.80000; 76.11667
Country India
 • OfficialMalayalam, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code91466
Vehicle registrationKL-9 & KL-52
Nearest townPattambi
Lok Sabha constituencyPonnani
Open Air Theatre
Thithala Taxistand

Thrithala is a village in Pattambi 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 and Trithala Juma Masjid.


The legend of 'Parayi petta panthirukulam' is centred on 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.

Notable residents[edit]


It belongs to Ponnani Loksabha Constituency (formerly Ottappalam Loksabha Constituency), current MP is E. T. Mohammed Basheer. Thrithala is the 49th legislative assembly constituency, current MLA is Adv VT Balram of INC.

Major political parties are the Indian National Congress (INC), the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM), the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Suburbs and Villages[edit]

  • Mudavannur,Mezhathur
  • Njangattiri, Kalyanappadi and Kannannoor
  • Ullanoor, V.K.Kadavu and K.R.Narayan Nagar
  • Athani, Chittappuram, Pattithara and Malamakkavu

Important Landmarks[edit]

  • Velliyamkallu park
  • Pakkanar Colony
  • Vaidyamadham, Mezhathur
  • Vemanchery Mana, House of Agnihothri
  • Yajneswaram Shiva Temple
  • Thrithala Juma Masjid
  • Kannannoor Bhagavathy Temple
  • V.K.Kadavu Juma Masjidh
  • President of India road
  • Thrithala Shiva Temple
  • Mudavannur Shiva Temple
  • Ullanur Juma Masjid
  • Govt Arts and Science College , Thrithala


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