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    geon is offline Junior Member
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    Pandalam is one among the fastest growing towns in Kerala, India. It is a holy town, considered second only to Sabarimala. It is believed that Sree Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala had his human sojourn here as the son of the Raja of Pandalam. Before proceeding to Sabarimala, pilgrims usually stop to worship the deity of Valiyakoikkal Temple near the Pandalam Palace. This temple is on the banks of river Achenkovil. Three days prior to the Makaravilaku festival, the sacred ornaments of Sree Ayyappa are taken in a procession from Pandalam to Sabarimala.

    Other famous pilgrim centres are the Mahadevar Temple, Kurampala Puthankavil Bhagavathi Temple, Thonnallur Pattupurakkavu Bhagavathi temple and Kaipuzha Sree Krishna Swami Temple. poozhikkad sree dharma sastha temple ( one of the very rare temples of 'Sashthav'- after Sabarimala), Mayayekhaikkavu SreeKrishna Swami Temple, the centuries old Kadakkad Juma Masjid, Thumpamon Orthodox Cathedral and Kurampala St Thomas Church, Arathil Church... etc give this pilgrim town, the glare and glory of a secular township.

    This holy town is also a well known educational and health care centre in Kerala. Pandalam has a lot of educational institutions ranging from reputed schools to Post Graduate, Training, Ayurveda, Medical and Engineering Colleges.

    It is believed that the Pandya kings of Tamil Nadu fled to Pandalam after losing a battle and settled here in the land they bought from Kaipuzha Thampan, a landlord. The princely state of Pandalam had extended up to Thodupuzha in Idukki district once. Pandalam had witnessed a rare piece of history when it was first converted to a municipality and later back to a gramapanchayat. The Pandalam Legislative Constituency will be discontinued from the future state assmbly elections.
    Last edited by Manne; 08-21-2009 at 11:54 AM.

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