Trichattu Maha Vishnu temple
(Consecrated by Yudhishtra, the eldest of Pandavas)
TRichithattu Maha Vishnu temple is sitauated 2 km aaway from Changannur in the Chengannur-Pandanadu road. People believe that it was a temple consecrated by Yudhishtra , the eldest of the Pandavas. It seems After Parikshith, the son of Abhimanyu was made the king, The Pandavas decided to take up Vanaprashtha and came to Kerala. They were greatly attracted by the divine atmosphere at that place. After dpoing penance there , when they decided to go to the other world, . Yudhishtra who had to tell unwillingly a lie about Aswathama’s death , was greatly worried about the sin that he did and wanted to consecrate The MahaVishnu idol he was worshipping in some place in Chengannoor. He it seems consecrated that statue in Trichattu.
Nammalavar a great Vaishnavite saint of Tamil Nadu had visited this place and has sung about this God and because of that this temple is included as one of the 108 Divya Desams .
The God in the temple faces east and adjoining the wall is the tank known as Trichitharu(Holy stream) or Shanku Theertham. .The temple has a high walled enclosure , which has dorrs on all the four sides. Except for some statues made of wood in the Namaskara Mandap . , the temple has a very simple architecture. But the sanctum sanctorum is built by granite stone.. The God in this temple is in a standing pose and has been chiseled out of granite stone. The peculiarity of the Lord is that only in this temple the Lord holds the conch in his right hand instead of the wheel .The learned people are of the opinion that this indicates that the God is not in a position to destroy but to look after the world.The lord holds the wheel on the left hand and the lotus flower on the lower right hand. The temple also has two subsidiary temples , one for God Sastha and the God Gosala Krishnan.
This temple was also the place where the caste court of Namboodiri Brahmins of Kerala were situated. There used to be one great Namboodiri having a title of Smarthan. He was the judge who used to enquire and punish several ladies for the lack of their virtue. This process in the Namboodiri families were called Smartha Vicharam. Thousands of innocent women under suspicion of having lost their virtue have been punished in this place.. The familes of these clans are now almost lost for ever and this great temple which was once great had lost all its glory. On 18th may 1996, some miscreatnts broke open the door of the sanctum sanctorum and broke the original idol. When next day this was noticed, the great thanthric Thazhamon Namboodiri, got out the God’s spirit in that idol and placed it on the Uthsava idol.. Omn 19th may 1997 a new idol was consecrated at this temple. Now the temple is again regaining its pristine glory.