Prathishta / Presiding Deity : Venugopalaswami
Upadevatha / Sub Deities : Garuda, Hanuman, Ganapathi, Mahalakshmi
The Sree Venu Gopala Devaswom Temple, located at Puarakkad junction on the east side of NH47, about 16 kms off Alleppey towards Quilon, was built nearly 400 years back. This is one of the oldest temples worshipped by the Gowda Saraswat Brahmins of Kerala. Devotees in large number throng to the temple bringing their children for the performance of a special function called "Devaku Deevop" (surrendering the child to the Lord) and later reclaimed by performance of the function called "Sodovop" (releasing) at the time of Upanayanam, marriage etc
The main deity is on a throne inside the Sreekovil. On the first step at top is the Venugopala with Lekshmi devi on the left and Bhoomi devi on the right side. On the second step is a pair of sandals used by Ananda who installed the deity at Purakkad with his name inscribed thereon in Kannada. On the third step are the Utsava moorties and the Madanagopala idol donated by Swamiji of Sri Kashi Mutt Samsthan.
The idols of Garuda, Hanuman, Ganapathi, Mahalakshmi are installed inside the inner temple (Nalambalam) outside the Srikovil.
There are smaller shrines dedicated to other deities outside the inner temple - Naga Kanya, Siva, Kalabhairav and a Naga Peedham (with a number of Naga vigrahas brought from houses of community members).
In 1560 A.D. about hundred and fifty one Gowda Saraswat Brahmin families (mostly traders) from Salcettee of Goa escaping the persecution by Portugese landed at Purakkad whose Raja gave them permission to build "pandikasalas" (wholesale business houses) to carry on trade. There upon under one Janardhana Pai, who is said to have owned a fleet of seven merchant vessels plying in the Indian ocean, the Gowda Saraswats carried on extensive trade with the countries of Europe.
Quite in keeping with their tradition of building temples wherever they settled, the Gowda Saraswats of Purakkad also built a temple and had the image of Venu gopala installed there