Thiru van vandoor Mahavishnu temple
(Built by Nakula the fourth Pandava brother and one of the 108 Divya Kshetrams)
This temple is situated 7km from Chenganoor and is believed to have been built by Nakula, the fourth brother among the Pancha pandavas. The God is also called Pambanai appan(Lord who sleeps on serpent) or Kamalanathan ,. People believe that Panchali the wife of Pandavas got the Akshya Pathra in this temple and in memory of this daily anna dhanam is carried out in this temple. Some people are of the opinion that this place was called “ Thiru Pandava oor” and this name became over years as Thiru van vandoor. Others believe that due to heavy population of Bees(Vandu in Malayalam) which make sound around this place. But one of the old inscriptopna call this place as Thiru van Mandur.
This temple has been mentioned in Narada Purana. It seems once Narada was cursed by Lord Brahma who was his father and that sage came to this place and did penance addressing LKord Vishnu. It seems Lord Vishnu came and gave him the boon of wisdom and as a result sage Narada wrote the Narada Purana consisting of 25000 verses in this place. It seems sage Narada also wrote a book detailing the worship procedures at this temple. Devotees also believe that sage Markandeya was able to see Lord Shiva in Thiruvandur. Nammalvar one of the great Azhvar saints has written poem with eleven stanzas extolling the greatness of the God here. Because of this Thirvandoor is one of the 108 Divya Kshethram of Vaishnavas.,
The Lord Vishnu is consecrated here facing the west unlike the other four Pandava temples in Kerala. In a inscription by king Vallabha kodha, this God is addressed as “Thiruvan mandur Pattara”. Here also the God Vishnu is in the standing posture with four hands holding conch, wheel, Lotus and mace. Near Lord Vishnu , statues of Lord Ganapathi and Lord Dakshinamurthy is specially consecrated.. At the entrance of the sanctum sanctorum , there are two huge Dwara Palakas and on the , over the door , There is a statue of Lord Vishnu sleeping on the snake . This possibly musyt have lead to the name Pambanai appan. There are sub temples of Sastha, Shiva and Ganapathy out side the main temple. There is another remarkable Krishna temple in the temple compound. Here Lord Krishna is in his baby form standing on two folded legs and one hand and showing the left hand containing curd rice..He is seen holding the rice with two of his fingers . It seems in the year 1325, the king of Ambalapuzha send his emissaries to bring this Krishna statue to the temple at Ambalapuzha as there was some defect in the statue there. ,. Jnazhapalli Nambudiri who was priest of Thiruvanvandur did not want to happen and threw the statue in the river flowing on the east of the temple and disappeared. In 1960 One Damodaran who was an art teacher in the local school saw a dream , in which he was told that this statue was in the temple pond of Thiruvanvandur. He was instructed to recover the statue and consecrate it.Damodaran with the cooperation of local people dug the pond for 47 days but still could not find it. A Christian family whose house would be affected if the digging continued warned Damodaran and others to stop the digging next day. The next day they found this great pretty idol of Balakrishna. It was again consecrated in a very grand manner . In memory of this the local people started a festival lasting for 51 days. On the fifty first day , a huge procession starts from Thiruchithat temple and reaches here. A feat in which about 1000 kg of rice is cooked greets the devotees on that day.
In the month of Kumbham there is a eleven day Ashtami Rohini festival in this temple. The temple is open from 5 Am to 11.320 Am and 5 Pm to 8 pm.