Malamakkavu Ayyappan temple
This Ayyappan temple is called as Mala mel Kavu or Malayil Kavu in the Anakkara Panchayath in Palakkad district . Though the name indicates that it is on the mountain, it is only situated in the plains.One of the specialties of the temple is that a rare flower called CHenkazhuneer poovu is found in the temple tank.
It is believed that that hundreds of years earlier one low caste woman went to the forest around here for grazing cattle When she was sharpening her knife on a rock , it started bleeding .They immediately the nearby village , who through Prasnam found that rock was lord Ayyappa.. They immediately built a sanctum and sanctified that rock as Lord Ayyappa.This happened about 300 years ago.Along with the Ayyappan temple there are also idols oh Goddess BHagawathi and Lord Shiva in the temple . There are also Rudiramaha Kali, Vettakorumugan and Nagas consecrated in the temple .It has been recognized as one of the 108 temples of Dharma Sastha in Kerala and it is managed by a the Padinjarepat nambiar family . ADa is the main offering at the temple .The Ayyappan idol faces the east .The main festival of the temple is a THalappoli celebrated on the last Saturday of the month of Dhanu .The pond of the temple is situated in the temple premises itself. It is believed that if a devotee offers a Chenkazhuneer flower at the feet of Dharma Sastha with great devotion , a blue lotus(Neela Thamara) would bloom in the next day in the temple pond.A film based on this legend called “Neelathamara” has been produced in Malayalam.This temple can be reached from Guruvayur within an hour by driving.,