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Kadutha

kaduthaKadutha, who was a great warrior and a dependant of Pandala Raja, belonged to a family by name `Malamel Veedu’ situated near Killiseri,Chenganoor, Kerala. At Kaduthaswami temple, contrary to the usual practices of a Brahmin being the Pujari (Hindu Priest), traditionally a Nair belonging to the Malamel family (ancestral house of Kadutha), performed the rituals. Kadutha was an expert in mountain-warfare. He played an indispensable role in defeating the armies of Udayanan and rescuing several Pandya Kings. Therefore Kadhutha was called to protect and assist the King of Pandalam, who decided to proceed to Sabari Hill to reconstruct the temple. Kadutha sacrificed a considerable time of his life in the reconstruction of the temple. By the time they reconstructed the temple, He became very attached to Lord Manikanta. After the construction was completed, Kadutha decided to stay back at Sabari, in order to devote the remaining days of his life, at the feet of his beloved deity. One day, while Kadutha was in deep prayer, a few scheming warriors of Udayanan’s army decided to take advantage of the situation and surprised Kadutha with a lightning attack. Kadutha rushed to the temple and took refuge in its premises. Hugging the deity, he fervently prayed to his beloved God. The marauders were surprised to see this single-minded devotion with which Kadutha was trying to protect the deity without any regard to his own life. On seeing such devotion the warriors were moved . They praised him and withdrew the attack on the temple. After Kadutha’s death, it is believed that the Priests of the temple received a holy message from Lord Manikanta to immortalize Kadutha by providing him a niche, at the very feet of the Lord.

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