The origin of the temple is as follows.There is a devotee named Neelakandan belonging to Udiyannoor family in Vattiyoorkonam,Thiruvananthapuram. Later he shifted his house to Maruthankuzhi.He completed his education under “Kesarapurathu Aasan” belonging to Pallichandra family. At that time, his family goddess Sri Bhadrakali came to his dream. She said that he will get an idol from the flood water, during the rainy season from the Killi river and he must take it and worship that idol. The same thing happened during the rainy season. Neelakandan and his friends went to see the flood .
By seeing the idol, he jumped into the water. He captured the idol,but he and the idol disappeared into the flood.Everybody thought that he was dead.By knowing this incident Kesavapurathu Aasan came to the place and committed pooja with red flowers.He returned back to home after 7 days by surprising everyone. He kept the idol in a box made of jack tree covered with dhothis and silk. He made archana with flowers. He gave tender coconut,bananas and rice as nivedhyam to devi.Nelakandan’s mother made the “Ada” and dedicated it to devi.Later this “Ada” became famous as Udiyannoor Ada.With the advice of his mother and Guru,the poojas are done by Neelakandan.
No soon later,the idol is installed on a stone(Kallara)near his house.Later,Neelakandan became a famous moth because of the believes in devi. He got the super natural power from devi. Then after he became famous as Sri Neelakanda paramahamsasadguru. The place where he worshiped with the idol is now known as “Mudipura”. At that time Neelakandan and his mother moved his family house to Vattiyoorkkonam. For the poojas, he came to the temple from Vattiyoorkkonam. Later Sree Neelakandaparamahamsar became the famouse moth and Yogeeswaran.After fulfilling his ambition in life,he dedicated his life to devi.
There is a “Thekkathu” behind the “Mudipura”.Later it is named as Yogeeswaran temple.After the death of Yogeeswaran,the poojas were handled by his family members.
The property of Pallichandra family,became the property of devi.The pallichandra’s property later on became the property of bhagavathy pandaravaka karamozhivu.The previous Thiruvithamcore district formed a basic tax rule.According to that tax rule,the tax is also formed for the mudipuravilakam,the place where the temple is situated.The book named “Sri Udiyanoor Bhagavathy Sthothram” says that Parvathy was the wife of Neelakandan and they had 7 children. He left his body at the age of 82 and soul was joined with the deity. This is described in a book which was written by the moth Baladhandayudapani and published by sri.Parameswaran pilla belonging to the family of Neelakandan in the year 1121.
According to the belief,the Mudipura was originated during the Christ period 1800. The roof of the building was built using the coconut leaf.Infront of the building,there is a hall and an installation room.At that time there was no deity in the temple.In the northeast part there is a Chavadi and in the northwest part there is an Urakalam and a store room.Around the building there was a mud compound wall covered with coconut leaf.
In the installation room there are four places for the deity (Peedam).Among that Devipeedam has a mirror, with the horn of the deer, lance, Nandakam sword and also a small deity of the devi made up of bronze.This Mudipura became a public worship place. Everything is done according to the instruction of devi,she gave the instructions in someones dream.
The regulations of the reconstruction of this temple was made during the Christ year 1956.According to the advice of devi,while reconstructing the Mudipura they will get a bell.The construction was started at that time. Also devi said that during that work they will get a deity and it should be kept safe without any movement. Likewise they found a deity with a size of 31*21.
Sree Udiyanoor Devi Temple