Karanayil Madom is a famous temple located in a beautiful village called Ettumana in Thrissur District
. Dedicated to Vishnumaya Chathan Swami, the temple is noted for its religious rites and pujas
Kovinda Muthappa, son of Keshunni Vaidyar, Karanayil Madom had meditated for years and years and he was granted the vision of Chathan Swami, in the form of a supreme brilliance, as an embodiment of spiritual strength and valour, believed to protect this world from all the calamities and disasters of Kaliyuga
. The belief is that the Hindu trinity Brahma
sent this power to the earth. Due to his closeness to Mahavishnu, he is called as Vishnu Maya, as he was born in the woods he is called Chathan.
Kovindamuthappa is venered as the teacher and guide of Karanayil Madom.
People from different parts of India visit this place in the hope of finding a solution for problems like mental disorders, failure in business, profession, and other problems related to their day to day life.
K V Padmanaban Swami, hailing from the family line of Kovindamuthappa, is the chief of Karanayil Madom now.
The temple has deities of Devi Bhuvaneswari, Nagarakshas and Brahmarakshas. Apart from this, the temple houses the images of about three hundred and ninety
Kuttichathans. Kukshikalpa, the holy shrine of Kovindamuthappa, is another attraction in this temple.
Thiravellattu Maholsavam, the main festival, is celebrated with pomp and fanfare. During the festival, the idol of the lord is adorned with colourful garlands and taken out in a spectacular procession. People carrying different musical instruments take part in the procession.
Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport, 78 km away from the town of Thrissur. Thrissur Railway Station is the nearest railway station. To reach this place, buses are available from Thrissur bus stand through Kodungallur, Irinjalakuda and Urakam.