Hiranyaksha, the demon king who had tried to hide, kidnapp and destory Mother Earth had to be removed from the universe. He was the reason for the thrid avatar of Lord Mahavishnu. He made tremors in deva loka, world of devas, by his rude, cruel and brutal behaviour. At the times it was believed that Earth was drowned in flood or the brutal Hiranyaksha hid the Goddess Mother Earth.
Earth needs to be brought out of a disater. Svayambhuva, the contemporary Manu, asked Brahma to raise the earth out of the waters. Lord Mahavishnu was born as Varaha to save the earth and its inhabitants. Does this have any connection with the theory evolution? Or Are there any more truths to be revealed? It is belived that a tiny boar, the Varaha, the avatar of saviour, had come from the nose of Brahma, the creator.
Varaha, in Sankrist means Boar, is the thrid avatar of the 10 avatars of Mahavishnu. The little boar became bigger and bigger soon. Hiranyaksha understood that the boar is Mahavishnu and his end is near. Varaha got into the waters and the battle to save the earth began. It was a very long long war that had lasted for thousands of years. In the war, the mighty boar with its tuskers threw the brutal king out. At end of the duel, the boar killed Hiranyaksha and saved the earth from being drowned into the waters forever.
The mythology has much more to speak about but very little is known about the historic temple believed to be built around 4000 years from now by Parashurama, the 6th incarnation of the Lord. In a hamlet called Kumbidi, near Pattambi of Palakkad district in Kerala there is this temple still maintained with great sanctity. The temple is situated at around 80 kilometers from the district headquarters of Palakkad.
Some historical facts reveal that the temple had survived from the attacks of Cholas in the 12th or 13th century A.D.
The idol, believed to be installed in the 18th century A.D., is the face of the boar with human features placed above a snake, or the first snake, adi sesha.On the left lap of the deity, is the Mother Earth. Four hands, holding the bow,arrow, the conch shell and the lotus is depicted
For most of the centuries in known history, Cheras were the rulers of Kerala. Kerala temples have a square dravidan style of architecture. The entry towards the temple is through large gates, called as Gopuram(Padippura). Perumthachan‘s uli as shown in the photograph mentions the ancient carpenter of Kerala, perum means the great, thachan means the carpenter. It is believed that the master architect, Perumthachan has left his tools here.