Paravoor Mookambika temple :
God and Godess :
- Goddess Saraswati
Paravoor Dakshina Mookambika Temple
Dakshina Mookambika Temple, North Paravur,
Ernakulam district – 683513
- Morning – 5AM to 11.00AM
- Evening – 5PM to 7.30PM
Temple History :
Dhakshina Mookambika Temple is also known as the Saraswathy Temple and is one of the rare temples dedicated to Goddess Saraswati (the Goddess of arts and learning) in India and Kerala. The temple is situated in North Paruvur, Ernakulam District, Kerala. This is one of the few Saraswathi temples (Goddess of Learning and Arts) in Kerala and is located in the middle of a lotus pond. Dakshina Mookambika Temple is well-known for its serenity, festive celebrations, and religious significance.
The presiding deity, Saraswathi Devi, the goddess of wisdom, in the sanctum sanctorum of Dakshina Mookambika Temple at N.Paravur is Bala Parameswari, the daughter of Lalitha Parameswari. The temple is revered the same importance as the Mookambika Temple in Kollur, Mangalore. She is aged only nine and she showed her bravery in the battle with Bhandasura who was born out of the ashes of Kamadeva. Lalitha Parameswari who is the mother of Bala Parameswari emerged from the fire (Chidagnikunda) When the Devas headed by Indra worshiped the goddess for getting protection from Bhandasura. Lalitha Parameswari in her Chariot, Sree Chakra moved for the battle and she was assisted by Mathangi (Manthrini) and Varahi (Dandanatha). Mahaganapathi was also born when the Vighnayanthra stopped the movement of the soldiers and he threw the Yenthra so as to proceed in the battle (Kameswari- Lalitha came face to face with Kameswara-Siva; this union gave birth to Mahaganapathi).
Bala Parameswari is the basic Upasana devata in order to have access to Lalitha Parameswari having Sshodasa Kalas of a full moon. The initiation to the BalaMantra is quite essential to fulfill the Sree Vidya Sadhana and to enjoy the ecstasy that enthrals us in the spiritual acme. Such a powerful Devatha is installed here at Dhakshina Mookambika Temple. The Japamala (rosary), the veda and abhayavarada are signs of wisdom and knowledge that lead to fearlessness. Daily poojas are performed by thanthris of Puliyanoor mana in Tripunithura. The temple is under the administration of Travancore Devaswom Board. Temple advisory Committee have a team of 10 members and the team gives the strongest support to manage the daily operations, conduct the festivals. It is the one and only saraswathi temple can do Vidhyarambam on everyday.
Legends: Pravur Thampuran (ruler) in Paravur was a great devotee of Goddess Mookambika. He used to visit the Kollur temple in Mangalore every year to pay homage to the goddess. But when he became too old, his health worsened and he could no longer undertake the long journey to Kollur. The goddess appeared to the sad devotee in a dream and ordered him to build her idol near his palace so that he can have daily darshan of the goddess. Thampuran followed her instructions and built a temple at Paravur and installed the Goddess. The ‘Srikovil’ stands in the middle of a sacred lotus pool. In due course the temple which is in the centre of a lotus pond came to be known as dakshina Mookambika. Like in Kollur Temple, the thampuran installed the sub-deities in the exact order and place.
- Makaram ( January-February ).
Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :
- Sree vidhya manthra pushpanjali
- Saraswathi pooja
- Mookambika Kashayam
- 5.00 am – Nadathurappu
- 6.30 am – Ushapooja/ sreebali
- 8.00 am – Pantheeradi Pooja
- 10.30am – Uchapooja/Sreebali
- 11.00am – Nadayadappu
- Evening .
- 5.00 pm – Nadathurappu
- 6.30 pm – Deeparadhana
- 7.30 pm – Athazhapooja/Sreebali
- Distribution of kashaya Nivedhyam.
Nearest Temples Around Paravoor Mookambika temple :
- Temple Name – Area/City – Distance (in KM)
- Haripad Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple – Alappuzha district – 10.00 km
- Haripad Sri Subramanya Temple – Alappuzha district – 10.00 km
- Aluva Thiruviranikkulam mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 25.00 km
- Arattupuzha Sri sastha temple – Thrissur district – 37.00 km
- Vaikom Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 54.00 km
- Anicadu Thiruvumplavi Mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 56.00 km
- Cherthala Sri Katyayani Devi Temple – Alappuzha district – 57.00 km
- Varanad Devi Jagadambika temple – Alappuzha district – 60.00 km
- Iravimangalam Sri Suryadeva Temple – Kottayam district – 66.00 km
- Ettumanur Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 76.00 km
- Chirakkadavu Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 113.00 km
Nearest Bus Stations :
- Paravur – 0.2 km
- Ernakulam – 27 km
- Kodungallur – 11 km
- Aluva – 17 km
- Chalakudy – 32 km
- Angamaly – 21 km
Nearest Railwaystations :
- Aluva – 17 km
- Angamaly – 20 km
Nearest Airports :
- Trivandram – 226 km
- Cochin – 20 km
- Calicut/Kozhikode – 138 km
- Kannur – 246 km
- Madurai – 278 km
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