uniqueness of Triprayar Rama Temple arises from the very august
balikal along with the. archamurthi found and enshrined by Vakkaimal
- a local chieftain of inimitable dedication. According to the
legend, the devout Kaimal was informed by certain mysterious persons
that there lay washed ashore four sacrosanct idols of Sri Mahavishnu
and he must undertake the responsibility of installing them at four
holy places, befitting their stature, lusture, gesture etc., with
Vedic injunctions. It was in a dream.
up atone, he went to seashore with his men and found to his
inexplicable delight four beautifully sculptured replicas of Sri
Mahavishnu adorned with four hands, but with different facial
expressions. Being a devotee of rare type he made immediate
consultations with the pandits of agamas and installed one at
Irijilakuda in a temple built naming the deity as Bharata,
benefiting the facial expression peculiar to that statue.