Prathishta / Presiding Deity : Annapoorneswari
Upadevatha / Sub Deities : xx
At the centre of Puthucode is the Annapoorneswari Temple,dedicated to Goddess Annapoorneswari. Translated in English, the name of Goddess means "Feeding one & all". The Annapoorneswari Temple is believed to be one of the 108 Durga temples established by Lord Parasurama. In ancient times, the village was home to some great Vedic scholars, some of whose descendants continue to live there. The temple used to be the centre of activity for most villagers. It is difficult to find a temple in Kerala with such a large and widespaced four-squared construction - “Chuttambalam”, and built on the principles of Agamasastra. The daily rituals are held according to traditional Kerala customs.
On the four sides of the temple, are streets leading in four directions. Each of them is a village built in the traditional Kerala architecture and called "agraharam". In ancient times, the villages were inhabited by not only Vedic scholars, but also carnatic musicians. It was the center of cultural activities throughout the year. Today, all that remains is the wonderful architecture. Most of the scholars and musicians have migrated to greener terrains, and the village is home to an entirely new set of people-unconnected to the glorious past.
One of the most important festivals of the temple is the Navarathri festival in
September/October each year. This festival is celebrated by the joint efforts of
the villagers with fervour. An air of festivity descends on the village for ten
days during this time. Most of the original inhabitants of the village return to
the village to take part in the festival. Fireworks light up the evening sky through
the week. It is a custom of this temple that, those who come to worship during these
ten days are fed free. The deity is therefore called ‘Annapoorneswari.”
The best way to reach Puthocode is to fly to Coimbatore. Puthocode is two hours
away on the National Highway. The other airport is Kochi, from where it takes almost
three hours to reach Puthucode. The village is located 6 km west of Vadakkencherry
on the Palakkad-Thrissur stretch of the National Highway 47