Thrikkarthika : “Karthika” star day of the month Vischikam (Malayalam
calendar) is celebrated as Devi’s birthday. On the day “ANNADANAM” (free
food for all ) is performed in the temple. Thousands across Kerala throng
to the temple on that day to partake the mealbelieved to be the prasadam
of Devi. “Annadanam” (“donating food”) is considered as the noblest act
of donation and the happiness of the donor and satisfaction of the recipient
Thiruvutsavam : Major festival of this temple is celebrated every
year in the month of Medam (Malayalam Calendar) for eight days
ending with the Star Uthram as the last day. The festival is
held in the traditional style with splendor and grandeur and
the devotees join the festivity passionately. “Annadanam” is
performed on the last day of the festival and thousands of devotees
participate in it.
Makam Thozhal : On the starting hours of Makam Star in the month
of Makaram (Malayalam Calendar) is believed to be a very special
divine moment and numerous devotees flock to offer prayers on
the day in this temple.
Navarathri / Durgapooja : Durgapooja / Navarathri is celebrated
every year and hundreds of children do their Vidyarambham on
the VIJAYADASAMI day in the temple. Nine day long music festival
is also held during the period which has gained wide popularity.
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A distinctive feature of this temple is about it’s “Prathishta” (Deity)
which is goddess “Durga”, first of the five forms of “Adiparasakthi”.
Durga in the “Karthyayani Bhavam” is worshipped here as an eight year
Perandoor Bhagavathy Temple, a major
temple among the “108 DURGA” temples in Kerala, is situated
in Elamakkara, in Kochi . Main deity (‘Prathishta’) of the
temple is ‘Durga’ worshipped in ‘Karthyayani Bhava’
reveals very interesting facts about the origin of the temple.
Cheraman Perumal, the last emperor of the great Chera dynasty
who ruled Kerala during the 10th century AD, renounced his
empire and all material possessions in order to lead an ascetic
life. The empire was divided and given among the regional chiefs
and lords under him. At the last minute he remembered that
the royal priests “Elangallur namboothiris”.who were not given
anything. He made amends for this by taking back some portions
of land from other lords and gave it to the Royal priest family.
Thus began a new dynasty called the “Elangallur swarupam” (The
kingdom of Elangallur family) in Edappally, which is one of
the only two brahmin royalties in Kerala. The kingdom included
Edappally, parts of Karthikapally, Haripad, Cherthala and places
in and around Mavelikkara.
of Elangallur Swaroopam (known as “Edappally Thampuran” meaning
of Lord of Edappally) were known to be great patrons of temples
and there were several prominent temples under them including
the Ganapathy (“Lord Ganesa”) temple at Edappally and Sastha
Temple at Thrikkunnapuzha (near Cherthala in Alleppy district)).
It was their practice to personally oversee the running of the
festivals under them. One one such occasion the “Thampuran” was
staying at Thrikkunnapuzha during the festival at the Sastha
Temple there. At night he had a dream in which the Goddess Durga
appeared to him and expressed her wish to stay at Edappally near “Ganapathy”.(The
idol of Ganapathy –Ganesa- who is the Chief deity of the royal
family was always carried by the king along with him). Accordingly
next morning, the king started towards Edappally carrying an
idol of “Durga” together with the idol of “Ganesa”. He travelled
up to the west end of Edappally by boat and got down there and
started towards the Palace. On the way the idol of Durga fell
down from his hand. King was very much upset at this incident
and called his astrologers for advice. The astrologers found
that at the place where the idol had fallen there had been a
Durga Temple built by “Parasurama” the sixth incarnation of Lord
Mahavishnu and that the “Goddess Durga” (“Devi” or “Bhagavathy”)
liked to be there at the same place. Accordingly a temple was
duly constructed which became a prominent one among the 108 Durga
temples of Kerala. Since the idol had “Perandu Veenu” (Malayalam
phrase for falling down unexpectedly) the place became known
as Perandoor and the temple became known as Perandoor Bhagavathy
Being the main deity of the people under the “Elangallur swaroopam” the
Perandoor Bhagavathy is the family goddess of a great many families (who
are called the “moola kutumbams”) in southern and middle Kerala.
Perandoor Bhagavathy Temple