In Nammalvar and Thirumangaialwar, Thirumoozhikkulam Lakshmana Perumal is referred as Moozhikkalattappan and Tayar (Mahalakshmi) as Madhuraveni Naachiyaar.
Thirumoozhikkulam is one among the 32 Brahmin grammas in Kerala. This is the place where Hareetha muni the son of Vishwamitra worshipped Vishnu. The mythology behind the name of this place goes like this. Hareetha Maharishi did penance and meditation on the banks of river Poorna (Periyar).
Abput Moozhikkulam Lakshmana Perumal Temple
Lord Mahavishnu got impressed by the dedication of the Maharishi and appeared before him on the beginning of the Kali Yuga. Lord Vishnu gave some advices to Hareetha Maharishi to overcome the difficulties in Kali Yuga. These advices are called "thiru mozhi" meaning sacred words. And there after this place got its name as "thiru mozhi Kalam" – Kalam means place. Later Thirumoozhikkulam became Moozhikkulam.
This shrine is associated with legends from the Ramayana. Legend has it that while Bharata the brother of Rama and Lakshmana, came to invite Rama, then in exile, to take over the reins of the kingdom, an angry Lakshmana suspecting Bharata's intentions intended to kill him; however, Bharata's innocence was very soon revealed, and then the two of them offered worship together at Thirumoozhikkulam. Worship is offered to Rama, Sita and Hanuman at this spot acknowledging their presence. No music is played during worship services here.
The festival at Moozhikkulam Lakshmana Perumal Temple
The annual festival which falls in the Malayalam month of Makaram used to be an occasion of great festivity.
Legend of present Idol at Moozhikkulam Lakshmana Perumal Temple
The temple was sacked by during Tippu invasion, like the temple at Thiruvanjikkulam. The image of the presiding deity is in a damaged state. A silver kavacham or armor was made as a covering for the image; however soon after installation of the kavacham an attempt was made to steal it. Afterwards a Devaprasnam was conducted, which insisted that the Perumal wanted to be in that state only, he didn't want to hide the damage or replace the original idol. Since then it stays like that. The 'Periyar Thiruvaymozhi' composed by Nammazhvar praises the greatness of deity of Thirumoozhikkulam.
The deity of this temple Lakshmana is said to be kind to those who suffer and the wish of the devotees get fulfilled. Devotees vouch of their wish getting good children by visiting the temple which is also claimed to ail illness of heart.
Other Idols in the Temple
There are idols of Shiva as Dakshinamoorthi (south side) Ganapathi, Sree Rama, Seetha, Hanuman Ayappa, Sree Krishna (as Gosala Krishnan) and Bhagavathy in this temple. There is an order in visiting the deities of this temple.
Rule to visit the Moozhikkulam Lakshmana Perumal Temple
Enter through the eastern gate and first visit and pray to the main deity Lakshmana, after praying there then visit Ganapathi, Shiva and other deities then come back to Lakshmana to offer a second prayer after the pradikshana visit Ayappa and Bhagavathy and then Krishna, and final visit to Lakshmana steps to offer prayers before returning.