Thchikkottukavu Bhagavathi Temple and Mahadeva Temple,Peramsngslsm
Mahadeva Temple near to Bhagavathy Temple:
The Techikkottukavu Bhagavathy /Bhadrakali Temple is situated at Peramangalam 10 Km away from
Thrissur Town on the Highway to Guruvayur and Kozhikode.The nearby land mark is the
Durgavilasam Higher secondary School and the newly inaugurated Devaswam College.
A brief history of the Temple can be narrated as under:
Perathrikkavu,Thechikkottukavu,Poothirikkavu Devaswam control the three Temples in
Peramasngalam and is well maintained in all respects in regard to conduct of Poojas,Utsavams
and all matters relating to a temple according to Hindu customs.
Perathrikkavu is supposed to be 1400 years old.Lord Rama as he returned after killing Ravana
is consecrated here.The place where this Temple is situated used to be called Veeramangalam
which later on became Peramangalam.The main festival is celebratedIn the malayalam month of
Vrishchikam(Scorpio)Karkidakam(cancer) month is celebrated as Ramayan month as is being done
everywhere.This month is special for this Temple where Annadanam is performed daily.More than
1000 people at least take part in this event daily on an average.
Thechikkottukavu Temple is one of the most famous Temples in Kerala.Goddess Parasakthi is
present here in the forms of Durga and Kali.Before Goddess Kali set off to destroy the Demon
Darikan,Goddess Durga is stated to have advised a famous Manthram in her right ear.The idol
is self originated(Swayambhoo)The place where the Temple is exixting now happened to be a
Forest of Kanjiram trees(Whch bears fruit with extreme bitter taste "Kaippu").One woman is
believed to have come to cut grass from the place.She sharpened her sickle(Arival) on a stone
and to her dismay the stone started bleeding.The woman got frightened on seeing blood and ran
away from the place after covering the bleeding stone with her basket.On hearing this news
people initiated Astrological consultation when it was revealed that the stone carried the
Power of Durga and a nearby stone the power of Bhadrakali.Both the Goddesses Durga and Kali
were installed there and a Temple built and this T%emple later on known as the present
Thechkkottukavu Bhagavathy Temple.There after the rituals followed here was fo Goddess Durga
and the celebrations for Goddess Kali.
Since thenon the first tuesday of every Malayalam month "Karyasadya Pooja"is conducted for
Goddess Durga and every first friday "AiswaryaPooja" forGoddess Bhadrakali.The most important
celebration for Goddess Durga is on star Karthika in the month of Vrishikam.The pooram and
Vela celebrated in the month of Makaram and is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali.
Here in Thechikkottu kavu Temple the Pooram conducted is known as Aanapooram which indicates
the importance of Elephants in the Pooram.Elephants are converted into Caprisoned Elephants
with the presence of Golde colored Ornaments,Nettipattam,Aalavattam and Venchamaram.
on the Elephant in the middle is the one lucky elephant who carries the Thidambu. for more
than 30 years this lucky elephant happened to be Techikkottu Ramachandran who is very famous
for his peculia features for a first class elephant.His "Thalyeduppu" when selected to carry
the Thidasmbu is astonishingly awsome.He is one of the most beautiful elephants in Kerala.
in fact it is the previlege of Thechikkottu Ramachandran to
open the Gopuram of Vadakkumnathan Temple to mark the beginning of world famous Thrissur
Pooram.The Ezhunnallippu on the Pooram day is accompanied by Panchavaadyam an event which
makes hearing it a divine pleasure.The Pachavaadyam is followed by the Chendamelam of the
best group available.This also is a feast for the Melam lovers.There are expert men on the
back of the elephants standing to show Aalavattom and Venchamaram to add to the beauty of the
procession.The melam takes a pradakshinam inside the Temple with Thechikkottu Ramachandran
with Thidambu and on completion Ramachandran lowers himself to enable the Thirumeni to come
down and take the idol inside the Temple
PARA in the Temple is an important offering in Thechikkottu Kavu Temple.Any time one can offer
Para to the Temple.PARA is a measure of grain in a wooden vessel equivalent to 10 Edangazhi
Any one can offer Para in the name of anyone else or for himself.
When the yearly Pooram approaches More people come to theTemple to offer Para.One need not
bring grains to offer Para.The Templw will offer grains the cos of which the devotee can pay for that
There is a processof the Para in which the Temple employees come to houses to accept para.a
schedule is prepared in advance with reference to the people who are willing to offer
Para.According to the list days before the Pooram Para procession from Temple visit
houses.some house owners offer food for the Para procession from the Temple.For this also a
list is prepared in advance and distributed among the residents of the area.These method of
Para is doing a favour for residents to keep up communal harmony in tact.The entire village
is in perfect unity in matters relating to the Temple
The Mahadeva Temple near Thechikkottu Kavu Temple:
In this Temple all Poojas relating to any siva Temple is performed regularly
Shivaratri is the most important festival in Mahadeva Temple.Devotees visiting the
Thechikkottu kavu Temple invariaby visit Mahadeva Temple also to get the Blessings of Lord Shiva.
In both the Temples there is dress code.No one can visit wearing Pant,Shirt or Lungi at the
Temple.However ,this condition is relaxed only on the Pooram day.
12th December 2017
Thrissur 680 oo4