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Panjal Lakshmi Narayana Temple – History – Vedic Yajnas

Panjal Lakshmi Narayana temple is located at Panjal in Thrissur district, Kerala. There are no festivals in the temple as this was a Sama Veda Pathashala (center for learning Sama Veda in ancient times).

The main murti worshipped in the temple is Lakshmi Narayana. The Vigraham is 5 feet tall. It is believed that the prathishta in the temple was done by Panjal King. For healthy children, to beget children, and to solve are pregnancy related problems, palpayasam without sweet is offered in the temple.

The sanctum sanctorum is circular or vatta sreekovil. There are numerous mural paintings on the outer wall of the sreekovil. Equally magnificent is wood work and sculptures of the sreekovil.

Trisandha At Panjal Lakshmi Narayana Temple

Panjal Lakshmi Narayana temple is rarest of rare temple where Trisandha was held. Trisandha is a unique ritual in which the deity is worshipped with Vedas – Vedam kondu Devane Upasikkuka. For this padam to samhita is chanted and completed in the proper order.

Rig Veda Trisandha was held here in 1908 AD. It takes nearly 7 months to complete the ritual. Veda prayogangal like jada and ratha are part of the ritual. There is also a competition in each Rig Veda Trisandha – involving jada, ratha, varkham and varam. The competition is there because there are two groups or yogams of Rig Vedis. Thrissur and Thirunavaya yogagal are part of Rig Vedis here.

Sama Veda Trisandha was held here in Kollavarsham 1085 and 1098 (1909 and 1922). There is no competition in this. This is because there are no two yogams for Sama Vedis.

The shrine is the most important center of Sama Vedis in Kerala.

The field on the west side of the temple witnessed the famous Panjal Athirathram in 2011. Between 1900 and 1975 nearly 20 Yagnas were held in the temple.

The temple belongs to 7 Madoms – Mathur, Vaikkakara, Pathirapalli, Muttathodu, Nellikodu, Korattikara and Kaippancheri.




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