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Elamakkara Perandoor Bhagavathi Temple – Festival – Story

Elamakkara Perandoor Bhagavathi temple is located at Elamakkara (Chambady Rd, Punnakkal), Kochi, Ernakulam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is one among the 108 Durga temples in Kerala. The 8-day annual festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Meda masam (April – May) and concludes with arattu ceremony on Uthram nakshatra day.

Perandoor Durga Bhagavathi is the Kula Devatha of many families in the region. This is a beautiful Kerala style temple with two entrances. The upa devatas are Ganapathy, Shiva, Ayyappa, Yakshi and Nagas. There is a huge banyan tree and a temple pond which elevates the ambience of the shrine.

The darshanam of the main deity is towards east. The temple has a two tier chathura sreekovil.

As per history, the temple belonged to the Edappally swaroopam. The shrine is now maintained by NSS.

It is said that ruler of Edappally swaroopam who had gone to participate in a temple festival near Cherthala happened to have a dream. In the dream, Bhagavathy appeared and asked the king to give her a place next to Ganapathi who was the family deity of Edappally swaroopam. Bhagavathy gave the location of a murti of hers which was hidden.

The ruler retrieved the murti and moved towards his palace. On the way the murti of Durga fell from his hand. The murti got stuck there and it became immovable. The king then consulted elders and astrologers, who informed that a Durga temple which was consecrated by Parashurama existed in the spot. Thus the Perandoor temple was constructed.

Apart from the annual festival, the shrine also observes Navratri with vidyarambham, Thrikarthika festival and makam thozhal.