KOZHIKODE: This temple at Alathiyur, near Tirur, in Malappuram district owes much to Jayalalithaa.
Sree Alathiyur Perumthrikkovil, popularly known as Hanumankavu, earned fame after the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s visit in July 2001. “Jayalalithaa’s visit has helped the temple carve its name in the list of notable temples in south India,” says temple executive officer Manoj Kumar B.
After Jayalalithaa’s visit, the temple marks the arrival of around 4,000 devotees a week. They include ministers, artists and political leaders from across the country. Following Jayalalithaa, the temple hosted former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in 2003. Jayalalithaa visited the temple based on the advice of astrologer Parappanangadi Unnikrishna Panicker.
Sri Rama is the presiding deity of the temple but is overshadowed by Hanuman, as devotees refer to it as Hanuman Kavu.
During her visit, Jayalalithaa offered a gold crown and ornament to the Hanuman idol here. Besides, she contributed Rs one lakh to the temple fund.
According to temple authorities, taking note of security reasons, both the crown and ornament are now kept in bank locker and are taken out only during festivals. After Jayalalithaa’s health condition turned worse in September, the temple authorities had organised a mass prayer for her recovery. The temple is controlled by the Zamorin of Kozhikode.