Muttath Tirumala temple Shertallai or Cherthala
Shertallai or Cherthala town (known as Muttath in olden days) is about 27 Km from Cochin on the Cochin-Alleppey highway NH47, mid-way between Cochin and Alleppey. The temple in the heart of the town about 1 km from the private bus stand, Cherthala.The prathista done in 1763 AD by Srimat Madhavendra Tirtha Swamiji of Kashi Mutt.
Deities in Srikovil
The Simhasan in the Srikovil has idols of Venkatachalapathy with Bhoomidevi and Lakshmidevi. There is also a Narasimha Salagrama worshipped in the Srikovil, which was given by Srimat Madhavendra Tirtha Swamiji of Kashi Mutt in 1763 AD at the time of punaprathista in the newly constructed temple. There are idols of Hanuman and Garuda also placed in the srikovil. The Narsimha Salagrama here is said be very auspicious and powerful.
There is a Siva temple at North-East corner of the temple premises and faces West. There is Yakshi and Naga prathista next to the Siva temple. The Shiva Temple was given by the Namboothiri 's with its land.
There was an Small Siva temple at the place of the present temple which was owned by a Namboothiri Brahmin, in the 18th century. The Namboothiri gave the temple and the associated land to two GSB families (Alungal and Kothakulangara) and left the Cherthala. These families dedicated the temple and its properties to the GSB community of Muttath (Cherthala). A temple was constructed later, facing the east and was prathista done in 1763 AD by Srimat Madhavendra Tirtha Swamiji of Kashi Mutt.
At the time of prathista Sri Swamiji gave a comparatively large Narasimha Salagrama to the temple for worship, which is placed in the Srikovil along with the Venkatachalapathy idol. This Salagrama is believed to be very auspicious and powerful.
Its believed that, At the time of temple's construction, The Venkatachalapathy idol was brought here and was worshipped under the Nelli Tree (Awla tree) which even exists in the south-west corner of the temple. The Tree is consider to be divine and poojas are done there.
The Siva temple which orginally belonged to the Namboothiri who gave away this land, is seen even today at the North-East corner of the temple premises which faces the West. There is also a Yakshi and Naga prathista next to the Siva temple.
Vahanas are the vehicles on which the Lord is taken out for procession on special occassions and functions. The Lord has a number of Vahanas - Garuda, Aswa, Chandra, Surya and Sesha vahanas and wooden & silver palanquins.
Address: Sri Muttath Tirumala Devasom Temple, T.D Road, Cherthala, Alleppy, Kerala, India. PIN: 688524