Varaham is one of the avatars of Lord Mahavishnu. There are only very few varaham temples in India. Panniyoor in Kannur and Sreelakshmi Varaham temple situated very close to the south and west gates of Sree Padmanabha Swami temple are the only ones in Kerala.
Panniyoor Varaha Moorthy Temple
Palakkad district, Ottappalam Taluk, Anakkara Panchayath, Kumbidi P.O Legends speak that Sri Varahamurthi temple at Panniyur Village, Palakkad District, Kerala State was consecrated by non other than the great Parasurama, nearly 4000 years ago. Since that time this temple was the proud legacy of the people of Keralites, their foremost temple. For about 3000 years this had remained so.However, about 7 or 8 centuries back this great temple fell into ruins, as a result of the fractional fights between the two communites, namely the cheras and the cholas. Panniyur GramamIn this context it would be interesting and topical to recapitulate the etchings on a copper plate in round scripts made by the then living scholar Sri Appath Ateri. This copper plate was recently unearthed from the temple compound. This script when translated into Malayalam was found to contain besides Ateri's own biography, prognostications concerning this temple to which he was closely associated. This great scholar, the etchings revealed, had conducted 12 years of intense tapas to Lord Siva, before he possessed the power of futuristic vision by virtue of which he has recorded the script. He had foreseen a glorious future for the ruined Varahamurthy temple and predicted its return to past glory and greatness which it had enjoyed earlier. Sri Ateri has prophesied that as and when Sri Varahamurthi attains the original sanctity and stature, the helpless can look upto him in all faith and sincerity for succor and blessings. The chatings of "save me! Varahamurthi!" in times of extreme helplessness can and will enable the aspirant to overcome his difficult situation and tide over obstacles of any magnitude. How to reach National Highway 1) From Kochi, Thrissur, Kunnamkulam, Edapal, Kuttippuram, Calicut National Hightway - In between Edapal and kuttippuram diversion point of KELTRON corner nearby MES Engineering College leads to Kumbidi.2) From Coimbatore, Palakkad, Pattambi, Koottanad, Guruvayur State Highway - Diversion from Koottanad to Kumbidi via Thrithala. 15 Kilometers away from koottanad to Panniyur at Kumbidi Nearest Railway Station : Kuttppuram (7 Kilometers away) Nearest Airports : a) Calicut Airport (Approximate 100 Kilometer) b) Cochin Airport (Approximate 100 Kilometers) About Sri Varahamurthy Kshetram History Epics state that the temple of Sri Varaha Murthy at Anakkara was built by Parashurama about 4000 years into the past. For around 3000 years since its inception this temple was considered as the prime temple of Kerala. It is also said that for an approximate period of 1300 years ranging from 800BC(when the Brahmanas used to rule Kerala) to 600 AD (around the time when the rule of the Perumakkans ended) Sri Varaha Murthy, the reigning God of Kerala’s renowned village Panniyur, was worshipped as the supreme God of Kerala. Some recently found stone engravings at Panniyur reveal that 1200 years ago there used to exist and function an active organisation by the name ‘Panniyuraayiram’, which as per what its name suggests comprised of 1000 members who were devoted towards carrying out the various cultural and religious activities of the temple. This again stands to emphasise the prominence that this temple enjoyed in those days. Maybe as a result of the long and bitter struggle between the Cheras and Cholas, or, maybe due to the battles that ensued between the Cochin king and Samuthiri, or maybe because of unfortunate reasons mostly unknown to us, 7-8 centuries back this temple receded away from its golden pedestal of prominence. The infamous series of tussles that took place between Panniyur and Shukapura has also been partly held to blame. Whatever be the reason(s), the end result was that the temple that had once been the cultural and religious cradle of Kerala, and the village that had boasted of a rich cultural heritage faded away into the dark clouds of obscurity. The Story Following his victory over the Kshatriyas, Parashuram had donated all that he had won to Kashyap. He had then sought a piece of land to carry out his meditation, and so he had pulled out a small fragment of land from the sea for the purpose. History claims that this small fragment of land is what exists now as Kerala. Eventually Parashuram’s piece of land had begun rising and expanding. Disturbed, Parashuram had sought Narada’s help. Narada had advised him to pray to Lord Vishnu. And so Parashuram had begun his meditation in order to propitiate Lord Vishnu. Finally Vishnu had appeared before him and had said, "Once I had assumed the form of Varahamurthy to save the world. Worship that form of mine and this place will have the blessings of ‘Thri Murthy’." Heeding Vishnu’s advice, Parashuram had established Shri Varahamurthy at the centre of his land fragment and had built a temple to house it. He had also duly initiated all worship activities there. It is that divine temple which is the Panniyur Mahakshetram of today. Following the demise of his beloved son, for which he held himself responsible, a mentally disturbed Perunthachchan, the great carpenter, through the course of his wanderings had reached Panniyur. Weighed down by fatigue, hunger and thirst he had sought relief from the carpenters who had been then carrying out rejuvenation work at the Mahakshetram. Having had failed to identify the ‘Master’ of their profession the workers had quite conspicuously neglected him and afterwards had broken for having lunch without having had uttered even a single word to him. Quite shocked and angry by such behaviour from their side, the ‘Master’ had decided to teach them a lesson. He had moved inside the sanctum sanctorum where the carpenters had kept blocks of wood ready to be converted into columns. The ‘Master’ had made some marks on those wood blocks before resuming with his journey. When the workers had returned, they had quite unwarily sawn along the marks made by the ‘Master’; just imagine their embarrassment and frustration when they had discovered that all the columns just fell short of their appropriate lengths. Their careers and professions at stake, they had suddenly realised that the ill-dressed man they had so criminally neglected at lunchtime had been the master carpenter Perunthachchan himself, and that it had been him who had caused all this turmoil. Having had repented for their behaviour, they had decided to seek him the following day and beg for his forgiveness; and so decided they had settled down for the night. They had been woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of hammering and chiselling from inside the Sree Kovil. They had rushed inside to find that the old man had come back and that he had just finished adding the final touches to their pending work. Amazed and thrilled, they had sought his forgiveness. They had said, "Oh Master! So many of us have been deriving our livelihoods out of the work we used to do here. Now that you have completed the work we’ll be rendered jobless." Perunthachchan had replied, "Do not worry, friends! Panniyur temple will never ever be short of work to offer members of our profession. Anyway I will never touch my chisel and measuring rod ever again." So saying he had dropped down his chisel and rod, which have been ever carefully preserved by his followers at Panniyur Mahakshetram and are still available for everyone for see. Mahapundit Appath Adeevi had written his autobiography on pieces of copper around 600 years back, in which he has made his predictions for the future. These pieces were found recently and the scriptures have been translated into Malayalam. The Mahapundit had predicted that the Panniyur Mahakshetram would definitely regain its lost glory and fame. The time that he had indicated in his writings is ripe now. He had foretold that when this blessed day arrives, everyone who believes in Shri Varahamurthy would be blessed with ‘Abhishta Karya Sidhdhi’ (i.e. the realisation of everything that one had prayed for). Devotees believe that when in peril, if one utters the words ‘Varahamurthy Rakshikane’ (save me, Varahamurthy) thrice, Shri Varahamurthy would rescue one from all impending perils and dangers. The ‘Devaprashnangal’ held here since 1983 indicate that within the next two revolutionary periods of the Saturn, this temple shall enhance in prestige and prominence to be at par with great temples like Guruvayur, Shabarimala etc. It is clear that Shri Varahamurthy has reincarnated himself at this temple to bless one and everyone. Many a devotee has claimed that he/she has already felt the blessing and glorious presence of Shri Varahmurthy. It is said that all devotees of Shri Varahamurthy shall be blessed with ‘Abhishta Karya Sidhdhi’. And hence the number of devotees of Shri Varahamurthy is increasing day by day. Today This temple is the only one in Kerala to worship the ‘Varaha’ avatar of Shri Vishnu. This temple also houses and worhips Updevtas like Sri Shiva (‘Vadakovil’), Sri Ayyappa, Sri Durgabhagavathy, Sri Ganapathy, Sri Ganapathy, Sri Subramanya and Sri Lakshmi Narayan. This temple is also said to have the blessings of Chitragupta and Yakshi. This temple also has a stage and a huge ground to accommodate spectators. The legendary ‘Panniyur thura’ is located just to the North of the Mahakshetra. It is believed that the fishpond constructed by Parashuram used to be located just a little south of the temple. Among the different pujas conducted here the most important one happens to be the ‘Abhishta Sidhdhi Puja’. This puja costs Rs.101/- and is believed to pave way for ‘Abhishta Karya Sidhdhi’. This puja is booked in advance till a long time into the future. Yet with due consideration to those who visit this temple, 3 days in a week have been earmarked for the conduct of this puja immediately or as soon as can be managed for all such devotees. ‘SANDHYA DEEPARADHANA’ is considered as the most auspicious time to seek the blessings of Sri Varahamurthy. Covered in sandalwood paste and adorned in scintillating jewellery, the divine form of Sri Varahamurthy is for every mind to embrace and seek solace with. ‘AISWARYA POOJA’ This is done once in and year for the whole life time, on date requested by devotee and for the welfare of himself and his family Rs. 401/- (Four hundred and one) is charged for this which will be deposited as Fixed deposit. The relative interest only will be spent for this pooja - Hence it is kept for ever. We whole-heartedly invite you and your families to Shri Varahamurthy Mahakshetram, and would request you to seek Shri Varahamurthy’s blessings at ‘Sandhya Deeparadhana’, to make your contributions for the various pujas conducted over here, and to pray for your welfare and ‘Abhishta Karya Sidhdhi’. Kshetram Samithi Superintendent The Panniyur Shri Varahamurthy Sevana Trust, P.O. Kumbidi District: Palghat ZIP : 679 553 Varaaha Jayanthy is celebrated. Appam and Abheeshta Siddhi Pooja are offered. First Wednesdays of Malayalam calender months are special.Presiding deity is Lakshmi Varaha Moorthy. Sub deities are Laksmi Narayanan, Ganapathy, Swayambhoo Kundil Varaham and Siva. You can also find sub deities of Vana Sasta, Yakshi in Koothambala Thara, Chitra Varaham, Durga Bhagavathi are resides. Thanthri: Kalpuzha illam temple is the only one in Kerala to worship the ‘Varaha’ avatar of Shri Vishnu. The temple also houses and worhips Updevtas like Sri Shiva (‘Vadakovil’), Sri Ayyappa, Sri Durgabhagavathy, Sri Ganapathy, Sri Subramanya and Sri Lakshmi Narayan. This temple is also said to have the blessings of Chitragupta and Yakshi. The legendary ‘Panniyur thura’ is located just to the North of the Mahakshetra. It is believed that the fishpond constructed by Parashuram used to be located just a little south of the temple How to reach the temple
Panniyur Varaha Moorthy Temple is Situated at Kumbidi in Anakkara Panchayath, Ottappalam Taluk of Palakkad district. Panniyoor is 40 kilometers away from Guruvayoor Temple.
Routes by Road (National Highway)
• TRICHUR - Kunnamkulam - Edapal - Beofore reaching Kuttinppuram turn to right at the point of Keltron corner to Kumbidi.
• CALICUT - Valanchery - Kuttippuram after two kilometers away from Kuttippuram - Keltron Corner then turn left to Kumbidi.
• PALAKKAD - Ottappalam - kulappully - Pattambi - Thrithala - Kumbidi.
Nearest Railway Station : Kuttippuram Railway Station (5 kilometers to temple)
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