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Velam Sri Maha Ganapati Temple, Mayyil



The following lines occur in the invocation section of the Malayalam work Cherusseri Bharatham (Bharatagatha) , authored by Ponathil Sankaran Nambiti during the reign of Udyavarman Kolathiri - M.E 621 to 640 (A.D 1446 to 1465).
Edited with an introduction by Chirakkal T. Balakrishnan Nair, Kerala Sahitya Akademi, Thrissur, Kerala (1974).
Chapter 1, page 3

My lord, son of Sambhu (Siva) who kindly wrote this story, which removes all sins and grants salvation, with (his) tusk, please shower your kindness on me to enable me to complete this task without any worry or disease affecting me.

These lines refer to Ganesha, who wrote the verses of Mahabharata recited by Veda Vyasa, with a tusk on his right hand, on the leaves of Bhurja tree. The ancient Ganesha installation of the Velath Temple in Mayyil of North Malabar (Kannur District, Kerala) is based on the concept of the scribe of Mahabharata, page 26-27, introduction by the editor).

The following is from the booklet
Velam Sri Maha Ganapati Ksetram - Caritravum Aitihyavum (History and Legend)
Velam Sri Maha Ganapati Ksetram, Velam, P.O. Mayyil, Kannur 670602, Kerala, India.

There are two sanctum sanctorums in the enclosed inner ambulatory. Siva is enshrined as Rajarajeswara in the bigger sanctum sanctorum and as Vaidyanatha in the smaller sanctum sanctorum. In the southern corridor of the Rajarajeswara temple, Maha Ganapati is enshrined facing south. Close to Maha Ganapati is ascribed the presence of Dakshinamurti. In the western corridor of the Rajarajeswara temple facing west is Sri Parvati. Outside the enclosed inner ambulatory, in the north-west corner is Sri Krishna temple. The Velam Sri Maha Ganapati temple complex consists of these.

This is the one and only temple in Kerala where two Siva temples (Rajarajeswara and Vaidyanatha) occur inside a single inner ambulatory. This temple is special that even though the important deity appears to be Rajarajeswara, the upadeva Ganapati has more importance and the whole temple complex is known in the name of Ganapati.

It is estimated that the Vaidyanatha temple is about 2000 years old and the Rarajeswara temple is about 1000 years old.