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Monday, January 14, 2019

Raw agent

Photo story ...

It was snowing
The chill stole up my windcheater and into my bones gnawing it like with a chain saw .
A RAW agent in New York cannot use cold as an excuse .
Extremes of climate was part of an agents life
Drawing a loaded weapon aiming it and hitting targets cannot point at frozen fingers
Excuses and apologies dont exist in the vocabulary of the profession
The targets dont understand them
They know only one chance the thin thread between life and death
I hardly fit the role which was exactly what was needed
I looked every inch an academic Indian who had come to 53 avenue 24 th street for another dreary meet .
The ubiquitous Indians seen on the Manhattan thoroughfares .
They were there all the time
With families towing grinning at selfies in Times square
Gingerly holding a Manhattan cocktail and wincing at its bitter Bourbon in the crowded bar
Bouncers watched somberly as scantily clad girls moved around hunting for prey
The smoke inside the bar was more than the flakes outside.
As its warmth descended down into my bowels a glow suffused on my homely face
Anything to beat the cold
The wait in the Brooklyn bridge for hours was a torture till i saw the short Japanese walk briskly giving me a camera to shoot his picture like any tourist would !
Only difference after that he just walked away while the camera found its way into my windcheater and now to give it to the lanky huge Russian bartender was my job .

The cocktail was half empty when he sidled up to me with arched eyebrows
He grunted wheezily while i extricated the chip in the camera and slid it near my glass
With the deft of a magician he took it and left the scene
I looked around

The crowd was behaving no different
An indistinct Indian nursing a cocktail in a Manhattan bar made no news which is precisely what I wanted
Merging into crowds was our USB drilled into us during our years in training !
One minute we are there and then a crack of a shot and we disappear like Houdini .

The satellite phone I had was tiny the latest
i took it as it trilled
And just said two words
Cocktail good
Thousands of kilometers away sitting in an old Delhi office an obese officer tapped into his laptop an indistinct coded message
Mission accomplished

Buying a camel

Since wife has gone to Rajasthan with her sister when she asked me what i want i told her to buy me a camel .

.its ideal for cochin traffic

With present roads it will be at home similar to desert dunes full of ups downs
I can ride it in any hartal
If errant drivers graze it they will get a good kick and i will have no issues .
I will have no parking problems as all i need is a rope
No insurance issues no depreciation
Can export it to Saudia after few years as pure kochi breed to some sheikh

During hot days all i need is a straw into the camels hump which is like a water tank maybe can add some ice cubes too
If i fit a bag to collect dung i can sell it as fertlisers
I may need some hay
mebbe it will get used to mallu parottas
It wud never get punctured

The only service it requires is a kick in the rump

Swamiye saranam Ayyappa

Four decades back on this day I was trudging on the slanting hills of Sabarimala with thousands of black clad pilgrims .
It was evening
We had reached the previous day .
I was in a troupe of more than 50 pilgrims from Madras led by a venerant Guruswami .
For 40 days I had woken up at pre dawn , had my bath twice a day ,avoided non veg food visited temples .
Then I had just completed my second MBBS and just got into my third year MBBS where we enter hospitals ,and start our clinical foray when we sort of experience being virgin doctors.
On January first I had gone to Royapettah hospital straight from a bajan mandal in Perambur ,where the whole night of 31 dec I had been with my Sabarimala group fervently singing bhajans .

This was a vow I had made to Lord Ayappa that I would climb the hills if I get medical admission
For someone born in the so called FORWARD caste ,who are treated as backward but , by a strange stupid system , and ,a fatherless boy who could ill afford capitation to finance a medical seat in a private medical college ,though they were far and few those days it was a literal miracle I got a seat by merit .

Yes that year, Emergency was declared in Tamilnadu ,and Karunanidhis DMK was dismissed .
As medical admissions were fully corrupt it was decided that year the criterion would only be merit ,and for someone who got university first in physics ,in the 3 subjects physics, chemistry ,and biology I  had 84 % aggregrate percentage more than the 80 kept as cut off that year .

So it was a miracle I still believe Lord Ayyappa made me a doctor .

My first trip was a long one lasting 2 weeks  ,
We went rough by train ,public buses ,to many temples in Tamilnadu reaching Trivandrum ,later Chengannur, and in Erumeli ,as first time pilgrims we all adorned ourselves in colourful ribbons baloons and danced our way into Vavars mosque .
It was the practice to pray to Vavar the muslim bosom friend of Lord Ayyappa before we trekked the hills ,later after a nice bath we started trekking the hills by the long route .
Later I had gone to Sabarimala four more times by the shorter route from Pamba river .

It would take hard climbing for almost 3 days barefoot when we stayed on the banks of flowing Azhudha river on first day ,and climbed the very tough Karimala on second day .
We climbed down into Pamba ,stayed there for 2 days ,later we climbed up the steep Neeli mala and reached sannidhaanam .

The climbing of the 18 steps was emotional as we were literally supported by police men on sides .

The crowds were mamoth ,but everything was in order as the policemen too were devout ,helpful , and everyone were Ayappas , women of prescribed age ,men ,children ,all
no caste , no religion ,no rich ,no poor ,no state ,no nation ,it was humans meeting the divine ,in the greatest pilgrimage in the world .

And today to hear insults heaped on this temple of discrimination !!
by idiots who know nothing of its sanctity.
 who have no belief in its deity ,who by force and convoluted mindset are bent on destroying such a sacred place ,by bringing in issues ,which the same holier than thou wouldnt dare mentioning in other religions 😡
As a sincere devotee like thousands of men and women,yes ,
 women like my daughter and mother both I had taken to sabarimala , later women like my wife ,women in my family, my friends ,thousands of them sincere,  faithful ,devotees of Lord Ayyappa , not only feel not discriminated ,but are willing to wait for the time to go .

Are we Sanghis ,RSS ,saffron terrorists ?
 which is the label given to all sabarimala pilgrims by the cunning devils .

Its our faith .
Its our belief.
Who the hell are you to interfere ?
What right has the supreme court to insult us ?
Who is that man sitting as keralas honcho , to turn his police force on pilgrims hosing water , hitting them with lathis ,tear gassing the pilgrims ,arresting them as common criminals !😡😡😡😡

What kind of a state is this which discriminates tortures one community to carry on its agenda while looting temples ?

Its ministers ridicule our thantri ,or chief priest calls him an employer ,who should be kicked out ,this when they cosy up on terror accused mullahs ,and rapist Bishops !!
The hurt on sabarimala pilgrims is deep and permanent .

It has turned a silent ,soft ,civil ,law abiding spiritual group of humans , into angry men and women.

Angry and frustrated , that this could happen in the country they call it their own.
This is true intolerance ,Nasserudhin shah ,Aamir khan ,we feel we want to quit this state ,this nation , no not because we dont love it like you , not because we think as Hindus ,but because we have monsters bent on hurting us only ,because we dont react ,because we need to be exploited for those parasites to live here .

Today at 6.30 pm just like that day 4 decades back ,thousands would be sitting on the cold mountain waiting for the call from lord Ayappa ,praying to him as we had for aeons ,that he will destroy the evil and help us in doing that .

Swamiye saranam Ayappa

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Nammakal temples

We do like to visit places of historical or spiritual intrests whenever we are near to one in our travels on off.
It was so a month back when we went to Rasipuram near Salem to attend marriage of my classmates .
We had reached by morning and had the day before us as reception was only in evening .
My wife told me Nammakal a few km away had two famous temples Narasimhaswamy temple and Anjaneyar or Hanuman temple so we took a cab and went there .
The story behind our temples are rich and intresting .of course its the fashion to dismiss all such temple stories as myths these days and many find it politically correct and intellectual to take that position .
Its also the habit of some these days to label one as fundamentalist if one has a special intrest in temples !!
But i am fair in that respect that my intrests go beyond religions when it comes to history
I love exploring old churches and mosques too and love thier legends and stories too
Having said that lets get back to our temples in Namakkal .
In Krutha yuga there lived Hiranya kasapu who a demon by his hard penance pleased devas and got the boon of being invincible and not being killed by a himsn being in day or night or in ground air or water
Armed with this fool proof boon he showed his arrogance on earth and on fervent prayers by his victims lord Vishnu first gave him a son Prahalada an ardent Vishnu devotee who angered his father by continuing to pray to Narayana and not Hiranyanana .
The fathers fury extended in trying to kill his son by poison or snake bite or trampling by elephant but all in vain .
Hiranyakasapu finally challenged his son to tell where this blessed narayana wasfor which prahalada replied in pillars or walls or anywhere.
At that time a pillar broke and Vishnu in his fierce avatar as Narasimha half man and half lion sprung forth and laid Hiranyakasapu in his lap and ripped open his entrails with his claws thus killing him .
The boons Hiranyakasapu had couldnt save him for Narasimha wasnt a human he was a human animal
It was neither day ir night when he was killed it was dusk or twilight
It was not in air or water or earth he was killed but in his lap .
Lesson never try to be smart with your boons 😁

And now all were afraid to approach the fierce Narasimha expect Prahalada who prayed to him.
Lord Narasimha took the form of a saligrama stone and was prayed by Prahalada .
During Thretha yuga Hanuman found it as he was travelling to Lanka in his mission for Sree Rama .
He took care of it
On his way he kept it for some time on bank of a pond where he went for his dusk prayers
When he came back he found the saligramam had grounded itself there and couldnt be lifted from there .
On his prayers Narasimha told him to finish his work in Lanka and on way back be with him .
Thus we have Namakkal Hanuman near Naramiswamy temple there.
Godess Lakshmi too was given place on her pleas there and called Lakshmi narsimha or thaayar .

The Narasimhaswamy temple was on side of a rocky hill with ancient carvings while Hanuman temple had an 18 foot Hsnuman statue made of a single stone

Sunday, December 09, 2018


Among all the trips we had made i would rate our trip to Mount Kailas as something unique .
There is an air of mystique in the peak .to think no man has ever set foot on its lofty peak when higher peaks have been repeatedly conquered makes us wonder .
A supernatural Milerepa may have flown on to its top but the rest have only circumnavigated its base .
Deep in the table top Tibet it was no mean feat to reach its foot .
Long days of bumpy and risky rides in mountainous terrains from Katmandu made us reach Tibet border under Peoples republic of China .
Crossing over after formal immigration we still had days of cold empty plains with occasional muddy slushy roads in which our buses sank to be extricated on off .
Those long waits those walking in knee deep slush the community pushing of our vehicles the silent treading of avalanced hillsides of Nepal where an inadvertent noise would have us tumbling down to roaring brooks deep down the mountains primed us for its sight .

And then we reached the shores of the pristine heavenly Manasarovar where gilden golden swans floated in its serene facade as described in the epics.

As the gentle waves lapped up the shore the blue lake reflected the snowy solitude of a towering Kailas the very object of our travel .

The first sight of kailas brought tears rolling down our cold cheeks in something that would be difficult to explain with logic.

The emotions were not at all religious it was way above that it was spiritual something touching your soul and searing it .

The journey closer to kailas would take many more hours from Manasarovar for in those dusky plains time and distance were surrealistically unreal .

Man cannot fathom the supernatural though to dismiss it as superstitious without experiencing it is his loss .

In lofty Drachen breathless trekking with sticks on the eve of our journey closer to kailas gave us a glimpse of the parikrama ahead and the alighting on horses from Yamadhwar to trod along the granite sheerness of a mountain that went beyond geography and geology.

To me it stopped with seeing the north face of mount Kailas in Dera puk from where i retraced back to Drachen but for those who did complete the circumambulation it was a heavenly retreat to climb up the Dolma pass at 19000 feet to reach dizzying hallucinating breathless sights of a placid serenity incomparable to terra firma .

And then the steep rocky descent back to Drachen and return back to Katmandu exhausted but strangely filled .

At the end of it all there was just one emotion left ...

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Madayi kaavu

Madayi Kavu
Was one of the temples we visited near Kannur
Details copied from Wikipedia ..
Pictures mine
Thiruvarkadu Bhagavathi Temple (a.k.a. Madayi Kavu) is the mother temple of all Bhadrakali shrines of North Kerala. The deity is the Fierce form of Bhadrakali. The Bhagavathy is addressed by tantrics in the vicinity as Tiruvarkkad Achchi due to this. The temple administration is Malabar Devaswom Board. The temple is a revered shrine of Chirakkal Royal Family and a shrine of Chirakkal devaswom before. The temple is situated in Madayi, Payangadi, hence prominently known as Madayi Kavu.
The Arayal Thara in front of Tiruvarkad Bhagavathy Temple (Madayi Kavu). Arayal in Malayalam is synonymous to Bodhi Tree or Pippallam
The temple is addressed as Thiruvarkkadu Bhagavathy,
Thiruvar-in proto-Tamil-Manipravalam is used to address Shiva of the shrine, i.e. The most respectable one. The temple architecture of some shrines in the region shows how the Goddess is perceived in the region. The temples such as Annapoorneshwari temple and Madayikkavu has strong Brahminic influence. The Brahmin women in ancient time, were not allowed to show their faces in the sit-out, they were mostly inside their home and was addressed as Andarjanam by Kerala Brahmins. The Goddess is considered as Brahmin Mother and hence do not face the temple entrance gate, her sanctum is inside the shrine; the sanctum that one can see while entering from the front entrance is of Shiva (also due to the tantric temple architecture Rurujith Vidhanam) and in Annapoorneshwari Temple it is Krishna's shrine in the front entrance. So the temple is known by the name of Shiva rather than the Goddess. Tiruvarkaadu means The forest of the Lord.
There are different folklore about the origin of the temple. One of the legend says, The Bhagavathy, Madayikkavilamma was residing in the Rajarajeshwara Temple. But, as she was non-vegetarian she could not exist in the Shiva temple. She ordered the then King of that region to construct a separate shrine for her.
Saraswathi Mandapam
In another legend, long ago Madayi was troubled by a demon Darika and Madayikavilamma killed him and requested Shiva to enshrine in a temple near him. Lord Shiva ordered his disciple Parashuram to consecrate a shrine for the Shakti. Parashurama created the Madayippara and the Holy shrine on it.[3] The shrine is considered the last resort for the removal of Occult Sorcery(Black Magic and Witchcraft).
There used to be a "strothasamuchayam" known as "panchasthavi" in Kashmir province. There were Laghustuthi, ghatasthi, charchasthuthi, Ambasthuthi, sakalajananeestuthi. These five came unbder "sreevidyasambrathaaya" which stipulates like Aanavopayam, Saakthopayam, saambhavopayam, anupoyam etc. These were practiced by the Bhattakaaras of kashmir. One of the Bhattakarar travelled from kashmir towards south and he has built 13 temples of saakthyaaradhana. they are from north starting from mannampurath kavu of Neeleswaram, Thiruvarkkattu kavu or Madaayi kavum, Kalarivathulkkavu of Valapattanam, Mamanikkunnu kavu near Mattannur, Thiruvancheri kkavu near Koothuparambu, Kaliyam kavu near edacheri of Vadakara, Koyilandi kollam pisharikkavu, thiruvalayanaadu kavu of Kozhikode, Modikkunnathu kavu near Pattambi, Thirumandamkunnu kavu of Angadipurath, Kodungallurkkavu, Muthoot kavu of Thiruvalla, Panayannar kavu of Mannar near thiruvalla.
The Pradanmar or the Brahmins performed the poojas came from Kashmir and they practiced Saaktheya pujas, which is practiced here at Madaayikkavu/
During the incursion of Hyder Ali into Malabar, Circa 1780, Madayi Kavu was desecrated with the entrails of slaughtered cattle, following which a local Nair warrior named Vengayil Chathukutty beheaded the miscreant responsible for the act, delivering the severed head to temple authorities. Thereby the Nair family of Vengayil received the title of Nayanar.[4]
Kattumadom Esanan Namboothirippad is the Tantri (Head Priest) of the shrine. Kattumadom is one of the 4 major Mantravada clan of Brahmin families in Kerala.[5] The priests at the temple belong to the Podavar Brahmin community which allows meat and alcohol consumption.
The temple rites are in Koula sampradaya. The ability to control Ashtapaashas (eight chains) – ghrina (hatred), lajjaa (shame), bhaya (fear), shanka (doubt), jugupsa (reproach), kula (caste), jaati (creed) and sheela (modesty) – is key for meditation especially in Koula Sampradaya. If a devotee is able to control these, the Bhagavathy raises our[who?] consciousness to Shivam.[6] The major festival of the temple is Pooram in March. There are also festivals in the Malayalam months of Thulam, Vrishchikam and Makaram in addition to the Pooram in Meenam. The Perumkaliyattam is in the Malayalam month of Idavam.[7] The temple is also associated with the Bhadrakali temple of Mannanpurathu Kavu (Nileshwaram) and Vadukunnu Shiva Temple.
The Shiva shrine faces east, while the Bhadrakali shrine faces towards the west. The priests at the temple even though Brahmins are not Namboothiris, they are Pidarar Brahmins, belong to a particular sect associated with Kali worship, and are not barred from consumption of meat. A particular aspect of the temple is Kozhi Kalasham, which is the sacrifice of poultry for the goddess which is held in high regard.

cancer treatment

Cancer treatment in India
From an international perspective as having worked in premier oncology centers outside India I can sum up in one sentence that we Indians are lucky to have centers and skilled professionals in oncology compared to many other countries specially so in Kerala
The cost of cancer treatment is prohibitive the world over
The reason for this is modern medicine is evidence based, every single drug to get an approval takes long years and has to go through rigorous trials based on scientific principles and have to be accepted by bodies like the FDA etc which are later accepted the world over ,
this makes it extremely costly as the medical companies who have invested In research for the molecule needs to get back their investments with profit the cost skyrockets .
Nonprofit and government managed research centers and universities also contribute their mite but the process is lengthy, costly and exhausting.
Patency rules prevent substitution of these molecules for cheaper versions though India so far has been getting away with this in the international market for eg when the breakthrough for Chronic myeloid leukemia TKI inhibitor and targeted agent Imatinib Mesylate came into being with the Times magazine calling it as the magic bullet for Cancer as a breakthrough in cancer treatment .
It produced amazing results in CML though the drug was very costly and then an Indian company Natco created a cheaper version which was more cost productive, with the newer drug policy which the Government is forced to accept these days if it wants to be an international player the cost of cancer drugs can rise abominably and one cannot accuse the government without knowing the intricacies of world trade complexities .
Cancer treatment in India is much cheaper compared to anywhere in the world
Still my point here is how much cheaper drugs used in cancer is in India when compared to the rest of the world
Similarly India today charges the lowest for surgeries, investigations like PET scans or for bone marrow transplants etc
Most of the countries around the world charges 10 to 50 times what is charged in India and this also shows how much potential India has for medical tourism if supported by proper infrastructure and awareness.
Just like in space industry we do it the cheapest with equally good results
The palliative care network in India especially in Kerala is something way ahead of many other countries in the world even in developed countries
Economics of cancer treatment and its burden
Still it is a blow to many families to be spending such huge amounts for a relatively long period as cancer treatment can go on for long in many cases
This is where projects like Sukrutham if done well will help people below poverty line as the government needs to take care of this group
For upper middle class and richer people there should be insurance schemes designed to cover cancer and people should also be made aware of taking medical insurances just like they do for their automobiles etc ,this would help in a big way in the unfortunate instance of their getting cancer
Employee insurance covering cancer should also be instituted mandatorily
Guidelines of Treatment
Oncology treatment in modern medicine all over the world including in all reputed centers in India is done following international guidelines
These like the NCCN,( national comprehensive cancer network )ESMO,( European society of medical oncology ) NICE guideline (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence ) lay down updated guidelines for oncology practioners globally of course the practioners have the flexibility to tailor it to their patients’ needs but generally follow its recommendations .
This makes it very objective
This is lacking in other systems of medicine which are not evidence based .
Research in cancer
there are no scientific trials to many claims which are advertised many formulations given to patients have not gone through stringent scientific scrutiny
systems of medicine where research in a big way is needed in big way like Ayurveda science may contribute a lot ot cancer treatment .
basic research in these systems of medicine indigenous to our country should be our focus as this can be done best here though western countries are also looking seriously into them these days
Research for oncology in modern medicine which is very cost prohibitive is a strain for Indian centers we need to focus more on early detection and intervention, screening and adequate treatment when diagnosed
Effective communication on Cancer
Myths needs to be broken
Public has to be informed of the strides made in oncology
This can be done effectively by media
The general negative attitudes to the disease has to be broken only by good communication for this attitude discourages people from active treatment as they develop a fatalistic attitude to the disease
Communication sadly is not only restricted to lay people many medical professionals themselves are not aware of the importance of instituting timely and correct treatment and screening needs
The menace of half knowledge
The advances and reach of palliative care and pain management may be a feather in Kerala s crown but it has also created an army of people with half or less than half knowledge who by learning the basics of palliative care come to the conclusion that they have become oncology experts and even at times give wrong advice that but for pain management no other treatment is needed which is counterproductive
Any patient with cancer has to be evaluated by a qualified medical oncologist, surgical oncologist or clinical oncologist/radiotherapist as the need maybe before a line of management is instituted
There is a lacuna in the number of such qualified people but Kerala is better off compared to other states in this matter
Many of the cancers today if diagnosed early can be cured while some become like chronic diseases like Diabetes etc
The large number of people who fall for scams and quackery in Kerala is well known, misleading advertisements offering get quick cures for cancer patient make them easy prey to such charlatans and many lose a fortune on supplements most of which are not only useless but also harmful for the patient
Many of these supplements also contain heavy metals and steroids which can harm the patient and prevent him from having treatment later
Exploitation of cancer patients by false claims
This is not only in Kerala but all over the world
Cancer cures are multicrore business and umpteen claims which appear scientific for the layman are available today in the internet
Many are not only a waste of money that could be used for better nutrition and proper treatment some are potentially harmful by causing renal failure or liver failure and preventing much needed treatment ,some delay treatment as patients tend to put off their conventional treatments for the claims .
Its always advisable to discuss with the oncologist any food fads or cancer cures
The Government should bring effective scrutiny of such claims and spread the message that false calims are unscientific and harmful
Multispecialty inputs for cancer
Oncology treatment is multispecialty and it needs the services and skills of surgeon, radiotherapist medical oncologists and many other specialties like infectious diseases nephrologist’s cardiologists and so many other specialties during the treatment
the role of psychologists physiotherapists oncology trained nurses and palliative care physicians the holistic management of a cancer patient are equally important
The time has still not come when one could say that cancer is not a fearsome diagnosis to hit families it is still so its is devastating for the family materially, psychologically and morally and it is an uphill task to go through the treatment which has many complications
But the time has come to say that the progress made in modern oncology has decreased the side effects of treatment to a large extent the sophistication of targeted treatment precision radiotherapy sophisticated surgical skills and diagnostic equipment’s have all created a vast difference between the mortality and morbidity rates of cancer sufferers
The need for Kerala is to recognize its advantages in this field and try to support and improve its services
Involvement of government with newer projects participation of organizations lessen the burden of the patients while the medias role is in imparting the right information and in reducing the scare and panic the word cancer has brought along with it while explaining the changes happening over the years and warning the going astray from instituted evidence based medicine into the lure of charlatans
Screening in Cancer
There are only three types of cancer where screening is approved
Colon cancer Breast cancer and cervix cancer ,there are guidelines for screening ,this has to be encouraged by adequate media coverage and everyone should take up screening to detect earlier and have a better outcome
For this awareness is very important
For all the disadvantages a country like India has it also has advantages
We need to strengthen our positives and to fill in our deficiencies
The right picture of the disease is to be communicated efficiently while at the same time myths needs to be broken.
Cancer management is hardy path but a lot had been travelled and can be so too .
Picture was taken when i was in Brunei cancer center

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Rajarajeswara Temple

Rajarajeswara temple Taliparamba Kannur ..
It was dusk when we reached here.
There was a reason for the same .
Women devotees are allowed into the Naalambhalam ie inner sanctum here only in evening (i hope no one files a PIL as all devotees are fine with it ).
The reason is in evening the deity is supposed to be in a genial mood with his consort .
The temple is ancient and has lot of legends behind it .
It also achieved fame by visits of political heavy weights like late Jayalalitha and present Karnataka CM and some cinema stars .
But Rajarajeswara temple does not need these mortals for fame .
Its other way around .
The main deity is Lord Shiva .
The temple is very strict in its rules
No one can carry mobiles or cameras inside and hence my pictures are from outside only .
The men que was literally not there so i could go in and come out in a jiffy while the ladies que was long and tortuous .
Rajarajeswara temple is one of the 108 ancient Shiva temples of Kerala .
The temple has no kodi maram or flagstaff like most temples do .
The place Taliparambha is considered as a shakti peethams one of the places where a part of a dead Sathis body fell .
The story tells of how Sati committed suicide unable to bear insult to her husband lord Shiva by her father Dakshin in a yagna and lord Shiva in great anger destroyed Dakshin and his empire by opening his third eye and took satis body on his shoulders dancing the tandava for days .
The decomposing body was a great worry for all devas and lord shivas dance pointed to destruction of all worlds and devas appealed to lord Vishnu to save them .
Vishnu knew Shivas anger will not come down till Satis dead body was removed from him hence he cuts the body to pieces using his chakra and it falls in different parts of India and these places are called Shakti peethams .
These are legends however gruesome they may appear .
Its said that Lord Shiva pleased with prayers of Manchanda gave him one of three shiv lings ,he was told to consecrate it in a place where there are no cremation grounds and Taliparambha was selected and lingha was installed there.
After death of Manchanda the lingha sank into the ground .
His son Muchukunda prayed again ardently was given the second lingha and he too installed it in same spot which with time sank to the ground .
After centuries the third lingha was passed to Sathosoman who was a king of the kolathiri chirakkal dynasty who ruled these parts ..
On advice of sage Agasthya the lingha was installed by the sage himself and it did not sink into sands .
It was considered as a jyothirlingham .
Its said that lord Rama stopped here to pray on his victorious return from Lanka .
Lord Shiva is addressed as Rajarajeswara the emperor of emperors
Devotees address him as thampuran Perumthirukovilappan .
The other legend is another version which says Parasurama a Vishnu avatar on his wanderings in Kerala which he created from the sea comes to this place full of vibrations and ruined temple asks Naradha about it who says the Devas once take the dust of the sun after reducing its heat by spinning it and mixing the dust with amruth creted three linghas which are offered to Godess Parvathi who gives it to the three kings mentioned who install it here .
Parasurama with help of celestial architect Vishwakarma built this temple .
Inside the temple as one circumambulates which was not allowed when we went due to some reason .
There is said to be a figurine of an yakshi or guardian angel .
In front of the inner temple entrance is the Rishaba or Shivas bull and the huge Balikallu with a lot of carvings .
On circumambulating one prays in directions of kanjirangat appan or lord vaidyanathan in one corner Godess bhadrakali in Madayikaavu in another and Goddess Annapoorneswari in Cherukunnu
All these three temples were nearby and we had visited them .
I shall shortly write on them too .
In inner temple in front of jyotirlingham is an array of lamps and a bhadradeepam lit by sage Agasthya himself .
The jyotirlingham itself is most of time expect two times in the day one at nirmalyam at 5.30 am later at 9.30 am rest of the time its covered by Trinethram ,Shivas symbol of three eyes crescent moon and naghapaanam
In the background is a golden prabha and on top a vyalimugham face of a mythical being .
The three doors of sanctum have lord Dakshinamoorthy as a mural on one side lord Ganesha and lord Muruga .
Godess Parvathi is installed too there is a legend here too .
Once Godess Mahalakshmi Vishnus consort comes to Rajarajeswara temple to pray to Lord Shiva who assumes form of Mahavishnu so that Lakshmis prosperity adorns the temple .
Thinking its Vishnu , Lakshmi enters sanctum and stands near Shiva and when lord Shiva assumes his real self she realizes the mistake and attempts to leave but Shiva asks his attendant to close western side door so shes with parvathi till vishnu arrives and takes her home .
In meantime the prosperity associated with Goddess lakshmi is empowered to the temple .
The thanthris of temple belong to four families or manas .
Poonthotathil pudayur mana ,eduvalath pudayur mana ,Eruvesi pudayur mana ,and Naduvath pudayur mana .
During Shivarathri which is most important festival lord Vishnu from Thrichambaram temple nearby is brought here in procession .
Temple is also known for its chakiyar koothu and koodiyattam perfomances .
During Tipus invasion two prominent gopuras were destroyed but before further damage could be done the commander of Tipus army who ordered the destruction of the temple was bit by a poisonous snake and so the destruction did not proceed .
However several Namboothiri families left to Trivandrum at this time .

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