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Parumala Valiya Panayannarkavu Bhagavathy Temple – Festival – History

Parumala Valiya Panayannarkavu Bhagavathy temple is located at Parumala in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. Bhagavata Saptaham and Vishu day festival are observed in the temple.

The temple complex faces north. There are three main doors for devotees to have darshan of the eleven deities. On the first day of every Malayalam Month, there are special poojas for every deity. All three gates are opened on those days. Within the four-walled precincts, there are two Sreekovil (s) (sanctum sanctorum), and there are fourteen upa devatas.

There are small groves in the temple complex dedicated to serpents – Nagaraja and Nagayakshi.

Shivling worshipped in the temple was installed during the Treta Yuga by Parashurama and it faces Pampa river, which flows through the west side of the temple. Devi Bhadrakali, in Her Avatar as the slayer of Dariakasura faces East. To Her left is the very rare Mahameru Chakra (This part is not accessible to the Visitors.) Other deities in the temple are Chanthattu Kali, (bathed in vermillion paste), Veerabhadran, Saptamatrikas, Sri Ganapati and Sri Soolini.

In the forecourt, there are murtis of Karimkali, Devi Annapoorneswari, Kodum Kali, Bhootakali, Kshetrapala, Ganapati, Dharmasastha,  Yakshi Amma and Devi Durga in Her Kumbhakalasapriya Avatar.

Beautiful mural paintings depicting stories from the Devi Bhagavatam, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Srimad Bhagavata Purana etc adorn the walls of the temple.

The temple is maintained by Adissar family of Padinjattedathu. Kanadan Adissar, who was adept in medicine, had treated Ramayyan Dalawa, the commander of the Travancore Army from a serious small pox and he was rewarded with the land in which the present temple is located. Adissar family members who tried to clear the land stumbled upon the ruins of an ancient Devi Temple. They then renovated the place and built new Devi temple.