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Pallikunnu Mookambika Temple - History - Festival

Pallikunnu Mookambika temple is located at Pallikunnu village in Kerala. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Mookambika. The main festival in the temple begins with kodiyettam on Rohini nakshatra in meenam month and ends on Pooram nakshatram.

Navratri (September – October) is another important festival observed in the temple.

It is believed by some people that the prathishta in the temple was performed by Parashurama. But there is another belief that the pathishta, or consecration of the murti, was done by Adi Shankaracharya.

It is believed that the original murti was that of ferocious Mahishasuramardini form of Durga. She was mollified and turned into Vakdevi (Saraswati or Mookambika) by the scholars of the Pallikunnu region.

The main deity faces west. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Shiva, Vadakke Bhagavathy and Ganapathy.

Pallikunnu Mookambika Temple And Literary Giants Of Kerala

Cherusseri Namboothiri who had written the Krishnagadha was a priest in the temple.

Shankara Kavi who was praised by Uddanda Sastrigal was a kazhakam in the temple.

Shankara Kavi had mentioned that Pallikunnu Bhagavathy as his upasana murti in his literary work Sri Krishna Vijayam.

The temple belonged to Kattumadam Mana, the tantric and famous mantravadi family of Kerala.