“DIVINE PATH IS THE ONLY SOLUTION FOR THE HUMAN AGONIES WHICH GOES BEYOND ALL HUMAN EFFORTS” – This saying is the evergreen universal truth.
Perdala Temple, the abode of Lord Udaneshwara swamy along with Lord Kuttichatha(Kukshi shastara), and Sri Shastara swamy is an ancient and famous shrine of Kasaragd District. This holly shrine is situated with all its full Devine Aura on the western bank of the holly river ‘Varada’ (Perdala river) in a serene and picturesque terrain of mother nature with lush green surroundings. Hence even though it is only within a 2Kms. proximity of Badiadka town, the divine abode is free from the bustle of modern life. Presently, Shri Udaneshwara Temple is developing into a major pilgrimage center of Kasaragod District. A lot many pilgrims hailing from different states of our country visit this holly shrine throughout the year and become hallowed by the blessings of the devotees worshipped in the temple.
When somebody happened to loose some precious and valuable thing, by misplacement or by theft or even plunged in any other darkest ever hours of life, agony invades the mind with all its desperation. But here in Perdala village every such situation is guarded and soothed by the exceptional divine efficacy of Lord Kuttichatha swamy along with Lord Udaneshwara swamy, who restores the stolen or misplaced things and solves such problems within a brief time. Only thing is that the devotee should conjure and give submission to Lord Kuttichatha. Even stolen things taken away through several states have been returned to its owner, simply by Lord Kuttichatha’s intuition. Though it seems to be a miracle, it is the practical reality of the pragmatic world, what the devotees felt and experienced from the time immemorial with innumerous instances. After fulfillment of such prayers devotees offer ‘Pade’, the favourite naivedyam to Lord Kuttichatha.
Though the temple is situated in a suburban area, the tar road through Perdala which connects the Kumbla – Badiadka – Sullia main road at Kanneppady and the Puttur – Kasaragod state high way at Permukha (1Km away from Badiadka junction) provides the pilgrims hassle-free approachability to this temple.
This temple is facing eastwards, in front of which flows ‘Varada’ river to the northwards. The abode of Lord Udaneshwara is in the Sanctum Sanctorum, the entrance of which is guarded by dwarapalakas (devine doorkeepers) on either side. In front of the sanctum sanctorum there stands the namaskara mantapa, the interior roofing of which is having the depicted wooden carvings of various episodes of Hindu mythology. The temple is having gopuram enclosing the inner precincts of the temple which forms into ‘quartet temple’ (generally known as ‘Nalambalam’). At the north eastern corner of the quartet temple there is a tiny shrine devoted to Sri Kukshi Shastara (popularly known as Kuttichata) one of the subsidiary deities of the temple.
At the entrance of the quartet temple there is a Nandi Mantapa, where there is a granite statue of Nandi (the Divine Bull). The Temple is having a beautiful and spacious renovated outer gopuram enclosing the outer precincts, forming into circum-temple (Chuttambalam). At the western circum temple there is large granite framed door, traditionally known as elephant entrance. On the ceiling adjacent to this elephant entrance, there are wooden carvings of Zodiacal Signs (Rashi Chakra). In the right (Southern) circum-temple there is a small shrine dedicated to Lord Shastara, another subsidiary deity of this temple. A lot many of the Shabarimala pilgrims reach here to worship Sri Shastara swamy. Every year good number of devotees commences their Shabarimala pilgrimage from here. There in the western outer gopuram the abode of Pilichamundi Daivum and Bhairava daivam.
Under the auspice of Veteran Tantrik Gem Brahmashree Ravish Tantri, Kuntar the recent ‘Puna prathista Astabandha Brahmakalashothsava’, a rejuanation process of Devine aura according to ‘Agama Shastra’ was consecrated between 21st and 26th December 2004. It was really a great religious, cultural and social festival witnessed by multi thousand devotees.
The Temple witnessed itself as a Vedic school even before a century. But when modern schooling has been started in the nearby towns, the Vedic classes were modified as ‘Vasantha Veda pata shala’, which held classes only during summer vacations. This Vasantha Veda patashala was directed by his holiness Sri Shankaracharya/Brahmaikya/Shri Shri Shri Raghavendra Bharathi Swamiji of Sri Ramachandrapura Matt, Hosanagara, presently lead by his holiness Sri Shankaracharya Sri Sri Sri Raghaveshwara Bharathi Swamiji and administered by the Kasaragod and Hosdurg Haiva Brahmana Sabha. Around 100 students are edified by this Vedic and basic Sanskrit classes, every year. Those who got the Brahmopadesham from their parents recently are eligible for admission to this basic Vedic course. Classes are conducted from 1st week of April to last week of May, every year.
Inner temple yard is furnished by concrete flooring and permanent concrete posts for pendals, Roofing for main Nada, well equipped office and seva counter have been constructed in recent years. Outer yard of the temple is fitted with interlocks. Essential water and electrical facilities done. Permanent roofing for the western inner yard is done with iron and steel beams and coated sheets, with an expenditure of rupees 2lakhs got from the liberal donation by the devotees.
Apart from the renovation and rejuanation works of the traditional edifice of the temple several other development works to facilitate the visiting devotees have been completed by the earnest and dedicated effort of the administrative committee along with the whole hearted co-operation of the temple staff and with commitment, involvement, dedication and liberal donation of the devotees.
This Perdala Temple is having a landed property of about 11 acres out which 1.5 acres of land bearing arecanut, coconut and plantain plantation. A renowned Sanskrit poet of the locality, in his poetic vision correlated the hill situated, just southern west of the temple to the divine bull, which is the vehicle of Lord Shiva; in his Sanskrit poetry. Expert Etymologists opined that the very word ‘Varadala’ might be the name attained by this area, which has been flourished and nourished by the ‘Varada’ river. ‘Varadala’ might be modified eventually and colloquially as Perdala all along with the influence of English language.