Perunthachan arrived at Chengannur one early morning by boat through the Pampa River. What
he saw flowing down the river at that early hour astounded him-Tulasi and thechi flowers,
Darbha grass, plantains, sugarcane pieces and other ingredients of worship and Homa. He
-struck by that extreme devotion of so many Brahmins residing on the banks of the river
and engaged in s rituals in such early hours. He thought that these Brahmins would grow so
prosperous that in course of the non-Brahmins would be handicapped. So he decided to make
slight deviations in the Silpa Sastra in constructing the temple.
Thus the Mukhamantapam in front of the Siva sanctum where Brahmins
chant Vedas was made purposely low preventing the occupants from having a direct of the
deity. The Kuttambalam, which ought to be located to the right side of the shrine, is
constructed right in front to obstruct view from outside.