Mannarasala Nagaraja Temple, The famous temple of serpent god is covered in a forest glade.The beliefs and rituals associated with the Mannarasala temple are different from most other temples, and this is one rare temple where the puja pattern is headed by a Brahmin lady.Women seeking fertility come to worship here, and after the birth of their child come to hold thanks giving ceremonies here, often bringing new snake images as offerings. A divine turmeric paste which is available at the temple is believed to have curative powers.
History says that, Parashurama installed(according to Vedic rites)Nagaraja, who is Brahma, Vishnu and Siva in one in the ‘Thirthasthala(Hall of pilgrimage) filled with Mandara trees, the place now known as Mannarasala.The main offerings by devotees include silk grains, ornaments,salt, turmeric, pepper, mustard, images of serpents’ eggs, tree, earth, Melted butter (ghee), Milk, ripe kadalai fruit, nilavarapayasam etc. For having child, a vessel named Uruli made of brass, bronze etc. for performing ‘Nurum Palum’.
Myths say ponds will dry up once the kavu (the sacred green patches) are disturbed. Mannarasala Nagaraja Temple surroundings stand an illustration of this faith. Water-filled ponds are in plenty among the green patches here. The ponds and kavu preserve each other. The idols of snakes are seen beside the ponds as if they are standing guard. Fresh air and green vegetation energise the mind and body.
Pulluvan pattu is the music for serpent gods. It is believed that the lullaby of the Pulluvorkudom can free one of his/her curses. A day in Mannarasala starts with the pulluvan pattu on the entrance on the eastern side and will go on until the end of the day. The Pulluvas will play the Pullorkudom for devotees who will mention them their name and birth star according to astrology.