Kovval Azhivathukkal temple to relocate for NH 66
Cheruvathur: Kovval Azhivathukkal temple committee decided to relocate the temple as the land is required for the expansion of National Highway 66. Kerala High Court had earlier said that “God will forgive if the land of worship acquired for National Highway”.
Tantri Nelliyott Vishnu Namboothirippad performed the rituals to relocate the idol to ‘balalayam’ (a temporary place) until the committee build a new temple.
Kovval Azhivathukkal temple was constructed by Kokkini family, who ruled the ‘desham’( village). Later, natives took over the temple. The festival of Azhivathukkal temple has been celebrated yearly in the Malayalam month of Thulam between 14 and 17.
The temple committee has begun the construction of the new temple.
National interest is the priority
“The sages had taught us to move with the world. God’s divinity is not constrained in one place, it could be seen everywhere. The temples are constructed only to facilitate our way of worship. It is not relocating to meet the needs of a particular person or a village, but to construct a National Highway. In such a situation, national interest should get priority.”, said Nelliyott Vishnu Namboothirippad.