A story states that once upon a time, one of the heads of the Nair family used to visit the Devi on a daily basis. One day, because of his old age, he decided that he will have to stop his temple visits. On the last day of his visit, he sought the Devi’s blessings. On his way back from the temple, he decided to take some rest. After taking rest, he was ready to go back home. He lifted his umbrella but it was stuck to the ground. At that time, a sage was passing from there. After knowing the story, he understood everything. He explained the old man Devi is now residing in his umbrella. After this incident, Paramekavu Bhagavathy temple was built here.
Daru Shilpa or the wooden idol
The idol of Goddess Durga is seen in the Paramekavu Bhagavathy temple in the form of Goddess Bhagavathy. In 1997, the original idol of Goddess was damaged and was replaced by another wooden statue of Devi with 8 arms, in a seated position.
Festivals at Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple
Thrissur Pooram is the most popular festival celebrated here by the locals. It is said that on this day the Goddess from the temple had gone to meet Lord Shiva in the Vadakkunatha Temple. A friendly rivalry takes place between Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple and Thiruvambady temple. From both these temple, a procession with 15 temples starts to arrive at the premises of the Vadakkumnathan temple.
The procession of both the temple face each other, competing, to showcase themselves as the better one in decorations, lighting, peacock quills and umbrellas on the decorated elephants. The other important festivals celebrated here are Sivarathri, Makara Chowa, and Navarathry.
Nearest railway station: Thrissur Railway Station (2 km)
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport (52 km)
Round East Road (near the Vadakkumnathan Temple)
04:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM