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Legends

The legends of Suryakaladi Mana could be found in 'Aithihyamala', a malayalam book on various legends of ancient & historic Kerala, by Shri Kottarathil Sankunni. The summary of those legends are as follows

The Yakshi, Revenge & Surya Deva's blessing

Once Suryakaladi Bhattathiripad and his friend started to Trishivaperoor (Trichur) to see the famous pooram. Enroute they had to pass through a Yakshiparambu (a place inhabited by Yakshis (Demon Goddess). At the dead of night they were accosted by two beautiful ladies (Yakshi in disguise). Bewitched by these women the men followed them. Bhattathiripad was cruelly killed by the demon goddess, but his friend escaped because he had Devimahatmyam (a holy text of goddess) with him. Bhattathiripad was the only male member in the family. His wife was pregnant during the time of his tragic death. She gave birth to a radiant baby boy who grew up to be extraordinary brilliant. When the boy reached the age of sixteen he became a paragon of wisdom. When he came to know the details about his fathers death, he vowed to average the death of his father by exterminating the whole race of Yakshis from the face of earth. He began an Intense Tapase to please Lord Surya and Lord Surya appeared in the guise of a brahmin and bestowed upon him all the secret and powerful mantras along with a divine text which contained all the mantras and its applications. Since then kaladimana came to be known as Suryakaladimana. And it is believed that always sun God is present in the mana throughout for the members to worship him.

Bhattathiripad's Tragic end

Being blessed by Lord Surya Bhattathiripad decided to lead a Grahastasrama (married life) and also intended to transfer this unusual power of mantravadam to the coming generations. After some years, he turned his attention to his life's mission of eliminating Yakshi who had caused his father's death. He made elaborate poojas for this. Pyer was lighted and mantras were chanted. The demon goddess was summoned by this intense prayer to the lighted pyre to be incanted there inn. An exasperated Yakshi cursed the Bhattathiripad that on the 41st day of homa, he will also meet with his death. At his request, she gave the absolution on condition that if he could reach Tiruvaloor temple and offer his prayers there, he will escape the bane.

On another such occasion, Bhattathiripad tried to evict a Gandharva (Celestial lover) who had possessed the body of the wife of Pallibava Perumal, using several cruel methods. An aggrieved Gandharva who was husband of formerly sacrificed ˜yakshi also cursed bahttathiripad with impending death on the 12th day of homa. As in the earlier incident, he had given the same absolution. On the previous day of the Bhattathiripad's death, there was a corporeal (voice from sky) in the Tiruvaloor temple ordering the temple doors to be closed early the following day as there would be an unnatural death on the premises. In obeisance to this, the temple doors were closed early the next day. Bhattathiripad reached Tiruvaloor temple ignorant of this development and went to wash himself in the temple pond. He was feeling suffocated by an urge to urinate and inability to do so. He had climbed the steps of the pond several times to wash himself. As this discomfort continued increasingly, he chastised Lord Surya.

He asked Lord Surya Bhattathiripad: I have done what ever there in the text given by you, then why are you giving such a punishment for me. Lord Surya: Whether it was prescribed in the text that suryakaladi only should do it? Bhattathiripad' curse on Lord Siva and its absolution
Bhattathiripad met his tragic end in front of the closed doors of Tiruvaloor Temple. Before his painful death he cursed Lord Siva and the temple for not preventing his death he cursed Lord Siva that the temple would perish in a fire and the nearby illness and the village also would be destroyed. Bhattathiripad has given the absolution that the curse would be removed from he place when the athi tree in the temple would perish the dilapidated structure would be renewed. It is heard that for the renovation of the temple they needed tots of milk which was brought from a neighboring village by building a large stone passage. The remnants of which can be seen there even now. Bhattathiripads Association with Travancore Royal Family and the establishment.

Once Raja of travancore visited Kumaranalloor Devi Temple to offer his prayers. He was accompanied by a train of brahmins his soldiers and from the village. These brahmins from the village. These brahmins were discontented because of suryakaladi's popularity. Knowing his financial condition they wanted to ridicule him by playing a trick. They told Maharaja to have his lunch from Suryakaladiman as it was the most popular one in that area and Bhattathiri would feel insulted if Raja went away without doing so. Raja without realizing the real situation consented and sends his arrival. This disrupted Bhattathiripads mental peace. He was disturbed as he knew that he would be a humiliated if he couldnt treat the Raja properly. He entered in to the Sreekovil and started doing prayers for seeking a way to over come the current situation and offering nivedyam with kadalipazam(bananna) to lord Ganapathi. As he was praying as boat came there with a man who was mentally ill. This man brought here to be treated by the Bhattathiripad. They were prepared for a long stay as it was believed to be a complicated treatment. They brought all the necessary things with them. Bhattathiripad gave the banana from the nivedyam to the man and miraculously he became normal. They left the place leaving the things which they brought with them. Bhattathiripad could give a sumptuous feast to Maharaja and his attendants. Raja realized the real plight of the mana and ordered for the revolution and in 1835 AD the present mana came into existence with its full glory and power. It is a marvel in vastu shastra where Mahaganapathi temple as well as the residence of Suryakaladi family is situated. The structure is an offering by His Excellency Swathi Thirunal of Travancore Royal family.

Lord Maha Ganapthy

Lord Maha Ganapathy had always been plentifully caring and blessing each member of this Mana. This care too dominant during times of misfortune or danger.Story goes that the King of Travancore once visited the famous kumaranaloor Devi temple to offer his prayer. It was so essential that a suitable and befitting lunch had to be given to the king. Suryakaladi Mana was then not so prospers to receive the ruler of the land. Sad enough some of the other Brahmin families were beat upon taking some sour revenge from this plight though for no specific fault of the Mana. Egoism and envy are always that, they breed upon human minds touching Barbous heights. Some of the lords suggested that the king may have his food from the Suryakalady Mana. They were happily weaving situations where the members of this Mana were going to become the butt end of ridicule in front of the king. The eldest member of the Mana fell infront of Maha Gnapathy upon bended knees, not knowing how to receive a person as powerful and important as a king. With a single fruit in his hand as an offering upon the lotus feet of the Lord. He prayed and prayed, tears trikling down his face. Mean while a group of people (from Aleppy district) reached the Mana with a mad man. They hopped that the man could be relieved by the blessing of Lord. The male member offered the same fruit which he submitted to the Lord and asked him to eat it. Wonder of Wonders the man became as fit as a fiddle. How could imagine the surprises that come from a heavenly hand! The people who come with the man had come with loadful of vegetables, rice and other things thinking that they would have to remain there for days in order to treat the man. Submitting all this to the family they traced their steps back happily . And when the king came a sumptuous feast was waiting for him. Those envious goals who tried to be little the pious Brahmins of Suryakaladi Mana where at a lose to understand how this miracle happened. It was always like that, the great Lord was always with his children in that family caring, protecting and fondling them.

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