Temples In Palakkad
Guide to the Hindu temples in Palakkad District
Amakkavu Bhagawathy Temple :
The shrine is located at Amakkavu, 2.5-km from Kootanadu on Kunnamkulam-Patambi route. The presiding deity is Bhagawathy, facing east. Ganapathy is a sub-deity here.
The people of 96 villages around the temple consider the goddess here as their protector and throng for worship.
The main festival is Thalappoli on 30th of Kumbam (March) for which thousands and thousands gather. Multi-faceted programmes enthrall the crowd.
Azhikulangara Bhagawathy Temple :
The temple is situated in Azhikulangara, near Mudapallor on Vadakunchery-Nemmara route. The deity is Bhagawathy.
The 3-day festival commences on 8th of Edavam (May). The 1st day is marked for Vela (particular types of festival in Bhagwathy temples is called Vela), 2nd day is Ezhunnallippu day (a symbol of deity is seated on a caparisoned elephant (often accompanied by other elephants) and circumambulated the temple with thrilling percussion musics which is called Ezhunnallippu). The 3rd day is marked for Thalappoli (the finale of the festivity with multi rituals and programmes). During these days several cultural programmes and special offerings to the deity will also be there. Large crowd from neighbouring villages gather to enjoy the festivities all these days.
Kodanad Shiva Temple :
The temple is located at Kodanad, near Mezhuthoor. The deity is Shiva. The renowed Vaidyamadom is near this shrine.
There are sub-deities. They are Vishnu, Subramanyan, Ganapathy and Ayyappan. The shrines of these gods are outside the sanctum sanctorum and inside the compound wall. As a rare phenomenon there is a shrine for Vishnu outside the compound wall.
This temple is owned by Vaidyamadom Pazhiyodu Mana. Vaidyamodom is renowned for Ayurveda treatment.
Sree Peechiyamman Temple :
The temple is situated at Kulalpalayam, near Kalpathy. The presiding deity is goddess Pechiyamman. This rare temple of Pechiyamman is somewhat near the abode of Lord Vishwanatha of Kalpathy (Sree Vishwanatha Swamy temple), the place of famous Kalpathy Ratholsvam....Click here to see more
Located 3-km away from the town, on the south bank of Kalpathy River in Jainmedu. The temple was built by Inchanna Satur, a Jain. The idol is of a Jain saint, Chandranatha swamy. There are some ancillary idols. The four division temple allots first division to Chandranathaswamy idol, 2nd division to the idols of Vijayalaxmi and Jwalamohini, 3rd to Rishabhanathan and the 4th to Parswanathan. All are Jain gods. Palakkad had once more than 400 Jain families migrated from Rajasthan or Gujarat in India. Now only few have there. The Jains mostly are in Rajasthan and Gujarat. There is no community bar for entrance to Jain temples.
Located near Chunnambuthara, on the away to Jainmedu. The deity is Bhagavathi who is the incarnation of Karnagi. Every day at 6 pm sharp there is a mini firework by detonating Kathana (a 6” long 2.5” dia iron cylinder with 1/2” dia centre hole upto 5” length, filled with explosive inputs). In most of the temples in Kerala this practice is there.
Located near Kalpathy bridge. The deity is Lord Prasanna Venkatachalapathy. Lords consorts, Alamelu and Mangalambal flank the idol. The famous Lord Balaji of Tirupati (in Andhra Pradesh) and Lord Venkatachalapathy, it is believed, have equal powers. The rites performed in both the temples are similar. The temple is also known as a reputed centre for vedic studies.
Emoor Bhagavathi Temple:
Situated at Kallekulangara, 8-km away from Palakkad. The deity is Bhagavathi. There is a sticking legendary tale to the temple. The goddess had once agreed to appear before a devotee on the condition that he will not disclose it to anyone. The excitement led the devotee to disclose to others....Click here to see more
The temple is located at Karalmanna, near Cherpulassery. The deity is Shiva, facing east.
Ganapathy and Ayyappan are sub-deities.
An 8-day long festival is celebrated in the month of Kumbam (February/March). During these days various programmes staged. All these days numerous people throng to the temple.