Panachikkadu Saraswathi devi temple :

God and Godess :

  • Saraswathi
  • Lord Ganapathi
  • Lord shiva
  • Goddess Yakshi Ammsn
  • Nataraja
  • Dharmasastha

Location :

Panachikkadu Saraswathi Devi Temple
Panachikkad, Kuzhimattom PO,
Kottayam district – 686533
Kerala.

Timings :

  • Morning – 05:30AM to 11:00 AM
  • Evening – 5PM to 7.30PM

Temple History :

The Saraswati temple in the Panachikadu village of Kottayam district, Kerala. The temple of Goddess Saraswathi Devi here is also called as Dakshina Mookambi. Even though many temples of Goddess Saraswathi perform pooja only during the ‘Navarathri period, this temple offers pooja throughout the year and giving ‘darshan’ to the devotees.This temple is situated in the Ppanachikadu village 11 kilometers away from the well-known Kottayam, the District Head Quarters of Kottayam District. When we reach the precincts of the temple we see first a “Maha Vishnu temple “ just a few meters south of the Vishnu shrine we can see the Goddess Saraswathy temple in a natural valley. The temple does not have the traditional sanctum sanctorum and other pompous structures of the temples elsewhere. There is a rectangular pond-like structure as though it has been carved out of a granite hillock. Covered by the creeper the original ‘idol’ of Goddess Saraswathy remains.

Two things especially to be noticed at this temple are the creepers and the immaculate spring. The leaves of the creepers which cover the idol are considered Saraswathy leaves. The water comes from the spring here flows touching the feet of the “Devi” never dries even in the peak time of summer. Since the Devi remains on such a “Saras” (small rivulet) the name Saraswathy becomes meaningful. The water required for poojas and other needs are taken from the spring. No well, or other water sources are available here.The idol of ‘Brahma Rakshasa’ is also installed here. Even though there are yakshi shrines in other temples, as well, the power of the yakshi at Panachikadu seem to be super.Along with Goddess Saraswathi, there are some other deities give darshan in separate shrines. They are Lord Siva, Sastha, Ganapathi, Nagayakshi, Nagaraja and the like sub deities too here.

History: In the ‘lthihyamala’ of Kottarathil Sankunni there is a detailed description of this temple this temple having more than one thousand years of history, there are three Brahmin families, Kizhupuram, Karunad and Kaimukku, asits traditional caretakers. From among these illams, a respectful Brahmin from the Kizhupurathillam disappointed by not getting a male child took up a journey to the Ganges to take holy bath. On the way reaching Mookambika, he stayed there for a few days praying to the deity there. One day the Devi appeared before him and advised him to go back to his native place. She told him that a Nampoothiri lady of Karunattillam is now pregnant and that she will deliver two children. One of the children is adopted by him as his own and bring him up. As directed by the Devi the next day the devotee took bath, worshiped the Devi and returned to his house. In his palm leaf umbrella, there was Devi’s blessing and power. When he reached Panachikad, the palm umbrella becomes stiff without any movement. then holy Godman appeared before him and pronounced that there are Devi’s power and blessings in the umbrella. He advised the Brahmin to do poojas and the power of Saraswathi be installed in a temple at Panachikadu. An idol which was lying deserted there was seen. The Brahmin was told to incarnate the power of the Devi in this old idol which was worshiped by Godman with supernatural power a long time ago. Since such Godmen with supernatural powers are not available now an alternate idol was installed in Panachikad.

Even today in the temple of the caretaker’s traditional rituals and poojas are performed as of then. The order in which Pooja performed to Mahavishnu, Sarawathi, Ganapathy, Siva, Sastha,Yakshi andd Nagaraja. Like the Ganges which touches the feet of Vishnu, it is from the feet of Vishnu that the holy water flows to the shrine of Goddess Saraswathi.

Festivals :

  • Navaratri
  • Vasantha panchami
  • Maha Saptami 
  • Karthika Pournami

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Saraswatha Ghrutham  (prasadam)
  • Abhishegam
  • Thirumathuram

Nearest Temples Around Panachikkadu Saraswathi devi temple :

  • Temple Name – Area/City – Distance (in KM)
  • Ettumanur Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 20.00 km
  • Chirakkadavu Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 31.00 km
  • Iravimangalam Sri Suryadeva Temple – Kottayam district – 32.00 km
  • Vaikom Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 42.00 km
  • Erumeli Sri Dharmasastha and Petta Sasthavu Temples – Kottayam district – 47.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Kottayam – 10 km
  • Changanassery – 10 km
  • Thiruvalla – 22 km
  • Alappuzha – 41 km
  • Pampady – 16 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Chingavanam – 4 km
  • Kottayam – 11 km
  • Changanaseri – 13 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Trivendrum – 148 km
  • Cochin – 91 km
  • Calicut – 241 km
  • Kannur – 350 km
  • Coimbatore – 259 km
  • Madurai – 256 km
  • Trichy – 348 km

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