Payammal Shatrughna Swami Temple

Sathrughan Swami, The Payammal temple, 6 km from Vellankallur along the Irinjalakuda-Kodungallur route, is one of the few Shatrughna shrines in the State. Shatrughna is considered to be the reincarnation of the Sudarshana Chakra (disc) in the hands of Mahavishnu. This is the smallest temple among Nalambalam. Of the four idols retrieved from the sea by the fishermen this idol is the smallest. All the other three temples have circular Sreekovils but here Sreekovils is in rectangular shape.

The idol of Lord Shatrughna is housed in a squares granite sanctum sanctorum in the Shatrughna temple. The original Panchaloha (Five Metals - Brass, Bronze, Copper, Gold and Silver) has been untraceable though efforts have been made to retrieve it from the temple pond situated in the back yard of the temple complex. The existing idol made of granite exudes a rare kind of divinity.

Poojas at Payammal Shatrughna Swami Temple

There are three main pooja - Usha pooja, Uccha pooja and Athazha pooja - in a day. This temple which opens for Darshanam at 4.30am in the morning closes the door by 10am after Ucha pooja. The second session starts in the evening at 4.30pm and remains open for Darshanam for Deeparadhana and Athazha pooja and closes at 8pm. A lamp is lighted behind the Sathrughan idol inside the Sreekovils. It is believed that this lamp or Pinvilakku is for Sruthakeerthi, the wife of Lord Shatrughna. Ganapathi is in the sub deity here. Sudarshana Pushpanjali and submission of Sudarshana chakra offered at this temple are considered to boost the prosperity of the family members.

Festival at Payammal Shatrughna Swami Temple

The five day long temple festival starts at Pooyam star of the month of Kumbha.