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Velam Sri Maha Ganapati Temple, Mayyil - kerala
Ganesha, who wrote the verses of Mahabharata recited by Veda Vyasa, with a tusk on his right hand, on the leaves of Bhurja tree. The ancient Ganesha installation of the Velath Temple in Mayyil of North Malabar (Kannur District, Kerala) is based on the concept of the scribe of Mahabharata, page 26-27, introduction by the editor).
 
There are two sanctum sanctorums in the enclosed inner ambulatory. Siva is enshrined as Rajarajeswara in the bigger sanctum sanctorum and as Vaidyanatha in the smaller sanctum sanctorum. In the southern corridor of the Rajarajeswara temple, Maha Ganapati is enshrined facing south. Close to Maha Ganapati is ascribed the presence of Dakshinamurti. In the western corridor of the Rajarajeswara temple facing west is Sri Parvati. Outside the enclosed inner ambulatory, in the north-west corner is Sri Krishna temple. The Velam Sri Maha Ganapati temple complex consists of these.
 
This is the one and only temple in Kerala where two Siva temples (Rajarajeswara and Vaidyanatha) occur inside a single inner ambulatory. This temple is special that even though the important deity appears to be Rajarajeswara, the upadeva Ganapati has more importance and the whole temple complex is known in the name of Ganapati.
 
It is estimated that the Vaidyanatha temple is about 2000 years old and the Rarajeswara temple is about 1000 years old.
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