Situated at Kumbidi, Palakkad, the Panniyur Sri Varahamurthy Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Varahamurthy, the third avatar of Lord Vishnu. It is believed to be the first temple consecrated by Parasurama
nearly 4000 years ago in Kerala.
According to the legends, it is believed that the temple of Sri Varaha Moorthy was built by Sage Parashurama nearly 4000 years ago and it is considered as the prime temple of Kerala. According to the legends,Parashurama donated all that he had won to Kashyap after his victory over the Kshatriyas. He then created a piece of land to carry out his meditation, which was Kerala. Seeing Paeasurama's devotion, Lord Maha Vishnu appeared and asked him to
The Palakkad district where the temple is situated, has mainly paddy cultivation as the main occupation of the people. The district is called the 'Rice Bowl' of Kerala. The social and cultural customs of the people are, therefore, one way or other, connected with paddy cultivation. They believe that the Goddesses of 'Kavu' (temple) protect them in their 'Thattakam' (meaning the area where they live, surrounds the 'Kavu'). The people make offerings to the Goddesses in their 'Thattakam' in the form agricultural produces having bearing on the seasonal agriculture.
Panniyur Sri Varahamurthy Temple is situated at Kumbidi in Anakkara panchayat in Palakkad District, 40 km away from Guruvayoor Temple and also 5 km near to Kuttippuram railway station.
Panniyur Sri Varahamurthy Temple is the only one in Kerala to worship the 'Varaha' avatar of Shri Vishnu. This temple also houses and worhips Upadevtas 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. 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.
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