Construction of this temple is similar to Tirvanadapuram and the
darshan is through the three entrances. The temple is constructed
in such a way that the sunrays fall on the divine face of Moolamoorthy
during evenings. The Lord defeated the demon Kesi, who was creating
troubles to rishis, and rested on him. Kesi's wife Asuri prayed
Ganga, who along with Tamarabharani created a deluge. On finding
that it had no effect, they surrendered and worshipped the Lord
by splitting and going around Him and hence the name Vattaru (Vattam
- Circle) as per sthala purana. The Lord is called Adikesava as
He defeated the demo Adikesi. There is also a Sannadhi for Krishna
Thiruvattaaru is situated about 6 miles from Thoduvetti, which can
be reached by bus in the Thiruvananthapuram Nagercoil route. This
temple is similar to the Thiruvananthapuram temole. There are three
entrances through which devotees get the darshan of the Lords' face,
body and feet. There are huge praakaarams and a Krishna idol.
The Lord is said to have destroyed the asura Aadikesi who was disturbing
the rishis & devas. The asura's wife, Aasoori prayed to the
river Ganges for help. The river Ganges along with the Taamirabarani
river rushed as a flood, but the Lord made the land rise as a hill.
The two rivers went around the hill in a circle (vattam) like a
garland and hence the name Thiruvattaaru to this sthalam. Since
the Lord vanquished the asura Aadikesi, he is known by the naamam
Aadikesava Perumaal. The spot where the rivers split is called Moovaathu
Mugam / Thodhai Pirali.
The Moolavar is Aadikesava Perumal seen in bujanga
sayanam posture facing west.
Thaayaar - Maragadavalli Naachiyaar.
Theertham - Kadalvaai Theertham, Vattaaru,