Cheerappan Chira family and their Kalari, are as old as the mythology
of Lord Ayyappa and his abode at Sabarimala. This temple is situated in
the Muhamma at Cherthala thaluk of Allepey District of Kerala.
It is believed that Lord Ayyappa studied martial arts in this ancient
Kalary; remnants of which still exists.
This temple is built in the same pattern of Sabarimala Temple.
The temple also has lord Siva, and Parvathy, Goddess Annapoorneswary,
Goddess Malikappuram, Ganapathy, Sarpam as other deities.
SABARIMALA AND MUKKAL VETTOM.
The importance of the relation of these two ancient temples is evidenced
by the “Thirupattaya Charthu” (the royal decree) of the Pandalam
King, by which the right to conduct the fireworks offerings at Sabarimala
was given to cheerappan Chira family.
In the year 2001, as instructed by the Ashtamangala Deva Prasnam, (the
astrological findings) held at Sabarimala, Sabarimala temple authorities
conducted special poojas and offerings as penance at this temple.
Till this date, people of old age and women who cant undertake pilgrimage
to Sabarimala come to this temple to offer their prayers on the belief
that, by the darshan at Mukkal vettom, Lord Ayyappa will shower the same
blessings as the darsan at Sabarimala.
Cheerappanchira, the famous Kalari (martial art) exponents of Lord Ayyappas
times, taught this only to the people of karappuram area ( place around
Muhamma ). Ayyappa- the then crown prince of Pandalam Kingdom- approached
the Mooppan (senior most member of the family) who is the Guru, to learn
Kalarippayattu. Having mastered this technique, Lord Ayyappa, rushed to
Pandalom on hearing the sudden attack on kingdom, virtually disaapearing
from Cheerappan chira. Before his departure he left behind his royal belongings
to reveal his identity to his guru. [His quarters at cheerappan chira
is maintained till date as Swami Mattom.]
On realizing the divine identity of Lord Ayyappa, his earthly Guru started
his annual pilgrimage to Sabarimal temple. On becoming old, when he was
not able to make his annual pilgrimage to Sabarimala temple, Lord Ayyappa
apeeared in the dream of the saddened Guru and consoled him for his inability
to take the annual pilgrimage. Lord Ayyappa also instructed the Guru to
construct a temple at cheerappan chira, where he will reside with his
full powers for ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¾
th ( 3 quarters of the year- which in Malayalam is Mukkal . Hence the
nameMukkal Vettam) of the year. He also informed that a log of sandalwood
would appear against the flow of the waters at Vembanadu Lake the next
day, which should be used for constructing the temple. Folklore has it
that the log of sandalwood appeared in the waters the next day and with
which the Mukkal Vettam temple was built.
POOJAS and RITUALS.
In the early days of the temple, poojas were conducted on every sankrama
day of each Malayalam month. At present poojas are held on every Wednesdays
and Saturdays. Poojas are also held on every day of Malayalam month Karkidaka
(ie the Ramayana Month). During the 41 days of mandala vrutham, (ie from
first of Vrichikam ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂÃ¢â‚Å“
14th of November to 11th Of Dhanu), poojas and special offerings are held
During the makara samkrama day (makara villakku day) the temple is closed,
as it is believed that Lord Ayyappa with his full powers resides at sabarimala
Payasam, Aravana, Neeranjanama, Appam, Ghee abhishekam, and Anna danam
are the main offerings in this temple. Just like in sabarimala, Sahasranama
archana, pushpanjali, ashtothara japam etc are also conducted here. For
people with “Seni Dosham”, these offerings are believed to
give immediate relief.
MARUNNU KANJI (Medicinal Porridge).
During the month of Karkidakam, medicinal porridge is distributed by the
temple authorities, which is a speciality of this temple. This porridge-
the sacred medicine- believed to have been prepared for the martial arts
exponents, is prepared strictly based on the secret recipe, which has
been handed over by generations of this ancient family.
LAL- The Chief Priest.
The family patriarch Sree C.K.Soma Sekhara Panicker’s son, Sri Kesav
Lal is the chief priest of the temple. Having mastered the Vedic Rituals
from the famous Dayananda Vaidika Gurukulam, Vaikkom, and Tantric Rituals
from Sree Vadakkan Paravur Sreedharan Tantri, he devotes major portion
of his time in providing relief to people with doshas by performing Guruthy,
(an extreme form of offering to Goddess Kali), Uchadanom- the remmooval
of negetive entities like Yakhi, gandharvan etc and other various powerfull
Tantric Rituals like Sudarshana Homam, Sulini homam, Akhora Homam etc.
An exponent of Pranic healing and energy scanning, and a true Sreevidya
upasaka, he is an expert in Pendulam astrology and Spiritual healing.