Poonthanam’s “Maraprabhu”-Biggest idol made of clay in Asia

published on February 17, 2008

Guruvayur: The Statue of Poonthanam’s “Maraprabhu” (Lord of trees) in the Sreevalsam Guest house is the biggest idol made of clay in Asia.

As per History, Poonthanam and Melpathur were great devotees of Lord Guruvayurappan, Poonthanam, a great poet, who wrote his verses in the vernacular, was famous for his bhakthi where as Melpathur, an erudite scholar and great poet in Sanskrit was known for his vibhakthi.

Melpathur used to laugh at Poonthanam’s Sanskrit reading and recitation. One day Poonthanam was wrongly reciting “Padmanabho Maraprabhu”,which means Lord of trees in Malayalam. Melpathur openly laughed at Poonthanam and corrected saying, Padmanabha is not Maraprabhu (Lord of trees) but Amaraprabhu (which means Lord of immortals in Sanskrit). Immediately, there was an asareeri (celestial voice) from the inner shrine, “I am also Maraprabhu” (Lord of trees).

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