Panachikkadu Saraswathi Temple Kottayam Kerala

Panachikkadu Saraswathi Temple, popularly known as Dakshina Mookambika Temple (Mookambika Temple of the South), is situated in Panachikadu village around 11 km from Kottayam in Kerala, India. The temple is situated 4 km from Chingavanam town between Kottayam and Changanassery. One of the most popular Goddess Saraswati Temples in India, Panachikkadu Temple is famous for the Vidyarambham ceremony held on Vijayadashami day during the Navaratri festival.

About Panachikkad Temple

The main deity worshipped in Panachickadu Saraswati Temple is Lord Vishnu. There is no traditional sanctum sanctorum for Goddess Saraswathi in the temple. The idol of Goddess Saraswati can be seen in a rectangular pond like structure which look like being carved out of a granite hillock. The pond is covered with lush green creeper plants and the original idol of Saraswathy remains in this natural place. There is an alternate idol of the goddess, in which all poojas are performed.

Picture of idol of Goddess Saraswathy in Panachikkadu Saraswathi Temple or Dakshina Mookambika Temple Kerala

Lord Shiva, Lord Ganapathy, Sree Dharmashasta, Nagaraja, Brahmarakshasu and Yakshi are other deities worshipped in Panachikkadu Temple.

Vidyarambham at Panachikkadu Saraswathi Temple

The Vidyarambham or Ezhuthiniruthu ceremony celebrated at the temple during the Navarathri festival attracts thousands of devotees from various parts of India. Irrespective of religion, caste and creed everyone is welcome to take part in Vidyarambham ceremony. A special ghee enriched with Goddess Saraswatha Manthram is distributed to devotees in the temple. It is believed that the intake of this ghee enriches the intelligence of children for higher education.

Picture of Front View of Panachikkadu Saraswathi Temple in Kottayam, Kerala, India

Temple Timings

Morning Visiting Hours - 05.30 AM - 11.00 AM
Evening Darshan Timings - 05.00 PM - 07.30 PM

Contact Address

Panachikkadu Saraswati Temple
Kuzhimattom P O
Kerala – 686533
Phone Number – 0481 - 2330670


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