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There are two ‘Sahadevathas’-Siva and Ganesan, seen on the right side of the sreekovil of Devi and eight ‘Upadevathas’ are there around the main temple complex. On the southern side there are five of them.

The temple stands on the highest ground level of Kurathikad. The temple is surrounded by paddy fields on three sides. A beautiful grove of dense wood fully covers the northern side of the temple. Upadevathas in all corners, the cool grove and the paddy fields all add to the beauty, calmness and divinity of the place.
  It is believed that he was the person who brought Malimel Devi from Ayroor Puthiyakavu temple. Centuries ago it happened. He was a great devotee of Dharmasastha and Devi. He used to accompany “Pandalam Thiruvabharana Procession” to Sabarimala in Mandalakkalam. The first resting place of the procession being Ayroor Puthiyakavu temple he was a regular visitor there. Later he became an ardent devotee of the Bhagavathi of Ayroor Puthiyakavu and conducted ‘Bhajanam Parppu’ there. At last Devi was pleased with his prayers.  
In a dream, Devi agreed to accompany him in his return to Kurathikad. On a full moon day in the form of a calf Bhagavathi’ came with the yogeeswaran. The temple was constructed where the calf laid down on that day. The temple was similar in shape and measurement.to that of Ayroor Devi temple. After the saint’s death, he was considered as an upadevatha at Malimel temple.
  The Ammummakkavu is in the northwestern corner of the temple. There is a small temple inside the groove. Ammumma is believed to be the protector of women especially in the period of pregnancy and delivery. Village devotees after prayer collect a small stone from there before delivery. After safe delivery they return the stone along with some offering for Ammumma in the form of small rings of gold, silver or copper. Such several rings collected from here are kept as ‘ring mala’ for this deity.
Here Poojas are performed every twelfth year by the eldest woman member of the Nadalayil family.
Koyippurathu Valyachan
  The first one we see in the southeastern corner is Koyippurathu Valyachan. Most Valiyachans are former family members who were saints. It is heard that Koyippurathu Valiyachan was a great saint and a brave warrior. He was an expert in ‘Kalarippayattu’ of north Kerala style (Vadakkan Kalari). Kalarippayattu is a traditional martial art of Kerala. The story says as follows. He was the only son of his parents. He left home in his childhood and went to Malabar area of Kerala. After a long period he returned to his tharavadu "Puthuppurackal".At the time his mother didn't recognize him.Then he reminded his mother of her child who left her at the age of seven.By the time, when he returned in his thirties he was transformed as a saint. His father was dead and mother was longing for his return. Hebegan to live with his mother and was in charge of Kuzhikkalakotta Kalari, where the Durga temple situates. Near to Kuzhikkala  
kotta temple was a family kalari, at that time. Kalari was the training centre for martial arts and used also as a family shrine. Being a Saint hewas not interested in family life. He lived calmly with Durga worship and kalari training. Suddenly oneday he was disturbed by a messenger of the ‘Odanadu King’ seeking urgent help at Chunakkara to rescue him from an unexpected attack from “Maravappada”. Being a saint, he was not interested in bloodshed. But his mother persuaded him to save the King of Odanadu. So he went to Chunakkara on a horse with two young attendants, a ‘Kaimal’ and a ‘Panicker’, along with his dog.

On his way to the battlefield, he cut a nearby palm tree halfway and said to his mother, if it falls, it will acknowledge his death in the battlefield. Then she bravely agreed to take his dead body with all rituals, if it happens.

As they approached the battlefield the ‘Kaimal’ was frightened and hid among a bamboo grove.  When the warrior reached the place ‘Arathakandanvettom’ near Chunakkara, the king’s bodyguards were fighting hopelessly. But his entrance in the battlefield soon changed the complexion on the battle. His rare “Thulunadan Adavukal” was a surprise for the ‘Maravas’. They ran away due to his furious attack. In a short time the battle was over. He safely sent the King to his palace with the remaining bodyguards.

But the bloodshed and the seen of the battlefield disheartened him. Being a saint he was filled with pity and sorrow.  He decided to conclude his life there. Then and there he killed his horse and dog and sent ‘Panicker’ back home to his mother. Then he committed suicide. When the mother saw the half cut palm tree fallen down she realized the death of Koyippurathu Valyachan. With all rituals, his dead body was taken to home and cremated with honours from the king of ‘Odanadu’.

The Saint-Warrior’s birthday was on ‘Uthradom” day of the Malayalam month ‘Chingam’. From the next year of his death onwards a special pooja came in to practice on the Uthradom day, day before the ‘Thiruvonam’. In the tharavadu of ‘Puthuppurakkal’.  A pooja for him on the ‘Poomugham’, pooja for the horse on the Varanda and pooja for the dog on the front ground was the custom. Senior members of all sakha families attented the pooja there. Recently the deity was consecrated in the southeast corner of Malimel Devi temple and ‘Uthrada Pooja’ is performed here.

Odanadu or Onattukara is the collective name of Mavelikkara and Karthikappalli taluks. The capital of Odanadu Rajas was at Kandiyoor Mattom at Mavelikkara. Later itwas shifted to Krishnapuram near Kayamkulam. After that shift Odanadu province renamed as Kayamkulam province.
Kuttikkattu Valiachan
  He was another saint member of Pullelil Nadaleyil family. He also left home in early years. Later he spent his life as an ‘Avadhootha’. In his old age he returned to the family and lived as a saint. Soon he died. Then some unusual things happened. His dead body was totally covered by black ants. No family member could touch it for a day. On the next day some unknown tribe people and avadhoothas arrived there. They conducted all the funeral ceremonies and left the place. The family members and neighbours were mere witness for all this. He was then worshipped as ‘Kuttikkattu Valyachan’ and consecrated as a deity here.  
  There is a prathishta of Yakshiamma in the southeastern corner of the temple compound. There is a palm tree. It is believed that she is in calm nature.
On the northern side of the temple there are two identical small temples. They are on the edge of the grove. These deities are known as ‘Yakshiyammas’. On ‘Revathi Thirunal’, the temple festival day, after all poojas in the temple, a ‘Guruthi’ is conducted at midnight for Yakshiammas.

The Nagadevathas are in the south western corner of the temple compound. There are five idols. Some of them are very old and artistic. Nagapooja or Ayilyam pooja is being conducted every year on the "ayilyam nal' of kumbham month. The right to receive the ‘prasadam’ of Ayilayam pooja is only for the women members of the family

Thattakkattu Valyachan

The prathishta of Thattakkattu Valyachan is on the left side of Ammumma in the grove. It was transferred from Thattakkattu, a branch family of Pullelil Nadalayil, ten years back. It is a small rectangular thara and a black stone as idol.

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