അങ്ങു ദൂരെ ഹിമാലയം,
അകലെ നഗരങ്ങള് തോറും
ഇലത്താളം നിറയും വനം,
എരികനലട ങ്ങും വാനം,
*സീതാ മോക്ഷം ചേരാം.
പുല്പള്ളിവനത്തില് സീതാ മോക്ഷ കഥ, ലവ കുശ ശശിമല)
*According to the legend, Sita used pul [grass] taken from here for palli-kolluka [taking rest] during the time when she was sent away from the palace of Lord Rama. Thus Pulpalli gets its name. The primary deity of the Pulpalli temple is Sita Devi, which is quite rare. It is believed that Sage Valmiki, the author of the Ramayana, lived southwest of Pulpalli at Ashrama Kolli 1, and that Sita was staying there during her period of exile. The Sita Devi idol at Pulpalli is known as “Jadayatha Amma,”or “The Mother Who Lost Her Matted Lock.” The story goes that Sita was so aggrieved that Rama had sent her to the forest that she prayed to her mother, Bhumi Devi [Mother Earth].2When she prayed thus, the earth split in half and she entered inside. The only trace of her left behind was one matted lock lying on the ground. It is said that the tears that fell from Sita at that time formed a river—Kannaram Puzha. Furthermore, although Wayanad is famous for its leeches, there are none in Pulpalli. The belief is that this is due to the purity of Sita Devi’s tears.
The second idol at the Pulpalli Temple is called Murikkanmar. It is of Lava and Kusha, the children of Sita and Rama. Lava and Kusha, were brought up like muni-kumara [ascetic children]. (Over the years muni-kumara slowly became “Murikkanmar.” It is believed that they learned kalari [Kerala martial arts] at a hillock on the bank of Kannaram Puzha. Today the hill is called Sasi Mala—short for Sishukal Kalicha Sthalam, which means “The Place of Children Playing.”)