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Karingal Paathi (The Granite Water Channel)

The temple exists in the plains surrounded on all the four sides by huge moutain ranges. In the centre of the plain land on a high hill, as it placed on a platter. There is no well in the temple. There were no other means also to get water. In the past, water was brought from Paapanaasini for the use in the temple which was at a long distance. Because of the acute scarcity of water, the difficulties experienced cannot be explained. It was at his time that a Thampuratti - a lady of nobility of Varikka Nayanar family of North Malabar visited the temple. She was the wife of Chirakkal King. After circumambulating the temple, she received the Prasadam - the remnants of the offerings made to the deity - from the Melshaanti (the Main Priest). Shen then asked the shaanti for some drinking water. He remorsefully replied that the water which he carried from a long distance with great difficulty was exhausted. Thamburatti who came to know of the acute scarcity of water at the temple, decided that she will take food only after making arrangements for getting water inside the temple. Those who accompanied her knew her strong will - power and determanation. They took some workmen, ascended the hill and started looking for a perennial source of water supply. Approximately a mile away, in the plains of Brahmagiri, amidst dense forests, they came across an eternal spring known as Varaham. At once, bamboo which was available in abundance, was cut in the shape of a channel and joined together to form a continuous channel with short bamboo stumps as support and crystal-clear spring water made to flow and reach the temple. Only after achieving this, the Thampuratti ate her food and water. On reaching her abode, she deputed masons to replace the temporary bamboo structure with granite, on a permanent basis. This is the granite structure we see these days. With this, the water shortage at the temple ended. Presently, pure spring water reaches the Thidappally (Temple Kitchen) of the temple on a continuous basis. The expertise of those indigenous craftsment of those days is astonishing.