The Abhaya Pradhan Temple or Uyyavantha Perumal Temple is one of the five Vishnu temples associated with the five Pandava brothers, the principal characters of the Mahabharata.
It is believed that Arjuna, one of the brothers, performed penance at this site. It is one of the "Divya Desams", the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars.
Performing Tarpan to ancestors is considered very sacred in this place as Lord Kasi Viswanatha is also present in this place situated on the banks of Bharatha Puzha with the confluence of 10 rivers.
Majority of the population of the place speak Tamil. The temple has a treasure of sculptures depicting Krishna Leela, Arjuna penance telling volumes of Tamil architectural skills.
This is a Divyadesa in the holy list of 108 Tirupathis of Lord Vishnu. Perumal appeared here to give Darshan to King Ambarisha facing South, according to history of the place .
The Abhaya Pradhan Temple is located Thiruvithuvakoodu, Palakkad district in Kerala. The temple is open from 5.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. The first worship goes to Lord Shiva before approaching Lord Vishnu in the temple. People of Kerala respect this place as a place with five Murthys.
During their life in the jungles, Pandavas the five brothers during their journey in south found this place, an embodiment of natures beauty with divine peace spread everywhere. They decided to stay there for a while.
They built temples and installed idols for their pujas and worship. Arjuna installed the idol of Lord Vishnu. This is considered as the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.
Moolavar : Uyyavanda Perumal Abhayapradhan
Amman / Thayar:Vithuvakottuvalli Padmasani Nachiar
Theertham : Chakkara Theertham
Old year : 2000-3000 years old
Historical Name: Tirumittrakodu