The etymology of the place name
- Ayyappa lived in the Pandalam Palace as the son / savior of the King.
- He had super-human or divine knowledge, wisdom, and courage and loved the King and his people.
- He protected the King and the kingdom from the attacks of enemies.
- At the end of His life in Pandalam, He vanished into the forests and is ever since worshiped at the Sabarimala temple.
The myth related to Lord Ayyappan and Erumely
The Legend Continues
People might have built a temple with Lord Ayyappa as the main deity. Now there are two temples in the heart of the town, the distance between the two being less than 1 kilometer. One is 'Cheriya Ampalam" meaning small temple and the other "Valiya Ampalam" meaning big temple.
The festival season is between November and January every year.