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About The Temple

The famous and Sacred Nelluvai Dhanvanthari Temple is situated in the Nelluvai Village in Erumappetti Panchayat under Thalappilly Taluk of Thrissur District. Nelluvai, Murangatheri, Kuttancheri and Pathiyaram are the areas included in the Nelluvai Village. The people in different cast, creed and religion live in this village with complete harmony and cooperation.

The vast and ever-green paddy field in the western side of the temple perfectly resembles the name “Nelluvai”. The small river that comes from the Machchattumala in the southern part flows calmly with the murmurs of Sthrothraganajapa. In the banks of the river, there stands Anappaara resulted from the curse of a God to an elephant. The Vadakkanchery-Kunnamkulam Road in the Northern Side looks like a thick black border in the middle of the greenish saree-like paddy field. The small hills all around the Nelluvai village stand tall as the protectors of this wonderful land from enemies.

In the western entrance of the temple, there stands two Banyan Trees that look like offering namajapa to the Dhanvanthari Moorthi. The visitor can also see two big ponds on either side. It is all refreshing to sit in the basement of the banyan trees experiencing the smooth patting of the wind that slowly blows from the western side. Attached to the pond on the northern side, there is a Kulappura Maalika.

The Dhanvanthari Moorthi is facing towards the west. There are Gopuras in the western and eastern entrances of the temple and the temple is well covered and protected by boundary walls. When we enter through the western Gopura, we can see Nadappura, Balikkalpura and a large Oottupura in the north. At the end of the north-west corner, there is a Paththaayappura. There is a rock-paved Pradakshinavazhi. In the east-south entrance corner inside the boundary wall, the Sanctum Sanctorum of the Cheruthevar (Vishnu) is situated. Inside, there is an idol of Varaha Moorthi, stage that is made out of rock and one Vilakkumaadam inside the Chuttambalam with stone-paved courtyard. There is a Kokkarani in the north-east corner situated below the Chuttambalam. You have to walk down through the pavement to bring the Theertham. In spite of not getting proper sunlight, the water inside is pure and healthy. In the south-west corner of the compound, there are idols of Lord Ayyappa, Ganapathi and Shiva facing towards the east. There is also a Vishnu idol and Salagrama.

Inside the temple, there is a Mandapam with copper sheet roof and Sanctum Sanctorum; the ever-shining God Dhanvanthari resides inside the Sanctum Sanctorum, wearing Dhanvanthari Amruthakalasham, Jalookam, Chakra and Gadha and showers blessings to the devotees. It is a general saying by the elders that seeing the Dhanvanthari Moorthi after taking bath in the pond on the northern side, gives mental purity and a healthy body all the time as this pond is well connected with the Kokkarani. There is a pathway all around the surrounding boundary wall where all the creatures belonging to the temple reside.

There is a wide road at the side of the eastern entrance. Beside the entrance on the western side, there is vast and greenish paddy field. The small temple road that starts from the Vadakkanchery-Kunnamkulam main road reaches to the main entrance of the temple passing just beside the pond on the northern side.

It is believed that the famous Guruvayur Temple and Nelluvai Temple relate to each other. One is called Guruvayupuram and the other Vayupuram. The main Deity is Vishnu in both the temples. It is believed that the pooja performed to the idol in the Guruvayur Temple was by Nandagopar; whereas the pooja offered to the one in Nelluvai Temple was by Vasudevar. Lord Guruvayurappa faces towards the east while Nelluvai Thevar faces to the west. The devotees to Lord Guruvayoorappa get relief from rheumatic diseases; on the other hand, it is strongly believed that all diseases to the eyes get relieved immediately if complete devotion is shown to the Nelluvai Thevar.

The regular Pooja in the Nelluvai Temple is performed by Annalloor Nampoothiri for the past 60 years. The land related to Nelluvai Temple fetches an overall income worth of 3000 para rice received as paattam every year. The Dhanvanthari in the Nelluvai Temple is the Paradevatha of all Ayurvedic Physicians (Vaidyas), especially Ashtavaidyas. The families of Kuttancheri Moos and their disciples perform Bhajans for one year to the Nelluvai Deity before they venture into their profession. It is also a regular practice to offer Vazhipadu by the Vaidyas before going to provide medical treatments to people for major diseases.

The most important Vazhipadu offered to the Dhanvanthari is Mukkudi. After offering Mukkudi as Nivedya to the Deity, the Prasadam is received after the morning pooja. If this Prasadam it is taken inside with full devotion, it is believed that all abdominal and gastric disorders get disappeared.

The morning pooja in the Nelluvai Temple starts with Abhishekam and consists of three poojas-Ushappooja, Pantheeradi Pooja and Uchchappooja after the Abhishekam. The pooja in the evening consists of Deepaaraadhana and Aththaazhappooja.

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