Sreevasudevapuram Mahavishnu Temple, consecrated by Mahashi Parashurama is located at about 8 kilometers west of Cochin International Airport, in the village of South Aduvassery in Ernakulam District of Kerala State. The temple has many uniqueness of its own.
This is the only temple in Kerala where one can have the Darshan of Lord Mahavishnu and Goddess Mahalakshmi in a single shrine which is possible on the eight days starting from the day of Akshyathritheeya.
Special occasions / festivals of the Temple
This is a very important ritual of Sreevasudevapuram Temple conducted every year starting on the auspicious day of Akshayathritheeya in the month of Vaishaka (In the month of April – May).
On the day of Pournami (full moon day) in the month of Ashwinam (September – October), Mahalakshmi pooja is performed at this Temple. It is believed that Goddess Mahalakshmi gave darshan to Vilwamangalam swamikal on this day.
Maharshi Parashurama consecrated the idol with a concept that the Lord Mahavishnu embracing the Goddess Mahalakshmi with his hand and hence the temple had the presence of both Mahavishnu and Mahalakshmi. After the consecration the Maharshi entrusted the temple responsibilities to some local Brahmins. With the blessings of the Lord and the Goddess, they became very wealthy. As wealth and prosperity increased they became indifferent towards the activities of the temple which resulted in their downfall. During the course of time the temple also lost its glory.
After a long period Vilwamangalam Swamikal, a great disciple of Lord Mahavishnu, on his routine pilgrim tour, saw the temple and the village in its most miserable state. When he entered the temple he saw Goddess Mahalakshmi engaged in the service of Lord Mahavishnu. He was surprised to see this and thought why the temple and the village is in such a nasty condition even though there is the presence of both Mahavishnu and Mahalakshmi.
Vilwamangalam Swamikal asked the Goddess the reason for the downfall of the temple and the locality. She replied that neither the villagers nor the temple authorities are taking care of the temple rituals and hence she herself has to do the service of the Lord. As a result she is not getting enough time to attend the problems of the people. Then Swamikal told the Devi that if the prayers of the devotees are not attended, they will stop visiting the temple and turn into atheists. Hearing the request of the Swami, Devi promised him that she will give Darshan to the devotee's once in a year. But Vilwamangalam was not satisfied. He again requested Devi that, every devotee needs different kinds of blessings from her like health, wealth, education etc and not merely money alone.
Management and Administration
The chief priest (Thantri) of the temple is the eldest male member of the family known as Kashamkottam Mana near Annamanada. The head priest who performs the daily rituals hails from a Bhramin family from the northern part of Malabar. There are three more other staffs working in the temple.
The Temple is currently managed by a Trust constituted by a group of devotees
During the festival of Thamboolasamarpanam
Three 'Beetal leaves' along with arraceanut and money according to the financial ability of each person, is placed in front of the Shrine in a special pot kept for the purpose with a pray of request to Sreevasudevapurathappan and Mahalakshmi for their blessings..
Ari – Manjal Para
(Rice - Turmeric Para)
This is a unique offering of Sreevasudevapuram Temple. The devotee needs to fill up two measuring pots (known as para), one with rice and another with turmeric. This is performed at a special place inside the temple where Goddess Lakshmi gave darshan to Vilwamanglam Swamikal. Before filling the pots the priest will advise some "MANTRAS" which has to be recited by the devotee. It is believed that by doing this the person becomes the maid servant of Goddess and helps in preparing food for the Lord and cosmetics for the Goddess. The devotee prays for long and happy married life in return. Only female devotees, other than widows can make this offering.