Palakkad is one of the places known for its culture and scenic beauty. The place also has some beautiful temples that take you back to the tradition of the region. Pariyanampetta Sri Bhagavathy Temple is one such place that is worth visiting.
This temple is believed to be around 1400 years old, and is one of the famous temples in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Sri Bhagavathy, a form of Goddess Durga. Here are some facts about the temple and its significance.
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The Legend Associated With The Temple
There is an interesting legend behind the existence of the temple. An aged Brahmin from the Pariyanampetta Mana, along with his servant, took a pilgrimage to Kollur Mookambika Temple. On his return, he felt tired and sat near a river bank and opened his bundle of belongings. It is said that he found a 'thidambu' (replica of a deity) among his belongings and decided to build a temple for the Goddess there. Later, the 'thidambu' was installed there under Vedic rituals in the presence of all the Chiefs of the region.
Architecture of Pariyanampetta Temple
The temple complex is spread across 8 acres of land. The temple is built in typical Kerala style of architecture. The temple consists of halls and other sections that include Sreekovil, Dhwajam, Mukha Mandapam, Oottupura and Thidappalli amongst the rest. Mukha Mandapam and Sree Mukham are known for the intricate wooden carvings on them.
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One of the reasons to visit the temple is to attend the Pariyanampetta Pooram, a major festival of the temple. The festival takes place in the month of February, and is visited by devotees from various parts of India. This 7-day long extravaganza showcases various art forms that play a significant role in the tradition and culture of Palakkad. 'Kalamezhuthu Paattu' is one of the vibrant events of the festival. The other art forms portrayed here include Chakyarkoothu, Kuthiravela, Tholpavakoothu and Kaalavela.
How to Reach The Pariyanampetta Temple
The temple is located at Kattukulam in Palakkad district. Kattukulam is located around 35 km away from Palakkad town, and can be accessed by public transport or a taxi. Here's how to reach Palakkad.