Sri Bhadrakali Temple at Valiya Panayannarkavu is the most famous among such temples in Kerala. References to this temple are found in Aithihyamala and Unnineelisandesham, the classics of Malayalam Literature. The pleasant natural surroundings of Parumala and the grace of the Mother Goddess in her ferocious Avatar as Bhadrakali, bestowing Her blessings on the devotees are famous even in other States.
Tall Palmira trees and pristine green forests, and the idols of Nagarajas and Nagayakshis which bestow their boons on those devoted to them, can be found at five spots in the Complex. The Omnipotent Lord Siva, installed during the Thretayuga( about five thousand years back) by Sage Parasuram faces the Holy Pampa river, Westrward. Devi Bhadrakali, in Her Avatar as the slayer of Dariakasura faces East. To Her left is the very rare Mahameru Chakram [ This part is not accessible to the Visitors.] Other deities like Chanthattu Kali, (bathed in vermillion paste), Veerabhadran, Saptamatas, Sri Ganapati and Sri Soolini add to the solemnity of the Complex.
The over-all Complex faces North. There are three main doors for devotees to have Darshan of the eleven deities. On the first day of every Malayalam Month, there are special Poojas for every deity. All three gates are opened on those days Within the Four-walled precincts, there are two Srikovils ( main temples), and there are fourteen installed deities.
In the forecourt idols of Karimkali, fond of sacrificial offerings is present. Idols of Devi Annapoorneswari. Kodumkali, Bhootakali, Ksetrapala, Ganapati, Dharmasastha,and Yakshi Amma, the benign form of Vampire supposed to have been arrested by the legendary Christian Priest-magician Kadamattathu Kathanar, and Devi Durga in Her Kumbhakalasapriya Avatar, in the Palliyara chamber, are are found in these Temples, and their combined power and grace are felt by the visitors.
All the original installations are believed to have been done by Sage Durvas and Sage Narada in the Threta Yuga. Exquisite wall paintings depicting stories from the Devi Bhagawatam, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagawatam etc adorn the Walls of the temple and are a major attraction of the place.
The ravages of time have had their adverse impact on the Main Temples, the minor temples and the Wall paintings. Serious efforts are being made to restore them to their pristine glory and preserve. Bhagavata Saptaham, as suggested by Deva Prasnam and the traditional Vishu Mahotsavam are being celebrated. We seek the whole-hearted co-operation and help of one and all in these efforts.
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