Parakkunnath Temple


Chellur Shri Parakkunnath Bhagavathi Temple is situated at Chellur in Kuttippuram Grama Panchayath. People, even from far away places, come to this temple, irrespective of their caste or creed, seeking relief from their sufferings and misfortunes. Devi treats all her devotees who come to her altar like her own children and fulfil all their desires. Pujas (offerings) are made to Goddess as per the system of 'Kowlachara'. Mukkola Chathan is also worshipped as a subordinate deity, considered as a dependent of Devi.

Some bad omens were noticed in this temple in the year 2000 and hence a 'Thamboola Prashna' was conducted in the same year under the spiritual guidance of Koottanadu Ravunni Panicker alias Kuttan Panicker, Tanur Preman Panicker and Kuttippuram Gokulan Panicker. Remedial measures were taken to please the goddess and to escape her wrath. The altar was renovated and Devi's 'Darubhimba' (idol), depleted of time's long passage was renovated and consecrated. The chief priest of temple, Bhramasree Vijayakrishnan conducted the consecration ceremony.

Since then, it was a period of incredible progress for the temple. The temple premises were barely 46 cents, and the lack of space had caused much inconvenience, especially in the time of festivals. Devotees who came to the temple had always found it difficult to discharge their primary routines. Scarcity of water had made matters worse and water had to be brought from outside. But thanks to Devi's blessing, the temple managed to buy 1.65 acres of adjacent land for temple purposes. Well were dug in the land and other facilities for the pilgrims who come from distant places have been provided.

On the Ist and IInd of September 2011, an 'Ashtamangala Prashnam' was conducted in the altar by famous Jyothishies (astrologers) Amayur N Venugopalan, Alur Saji Panicker, Angadippuram SivaPrasad and Vattathani Unnikrishna Panicker. It was observed that in spite of some 'Doshas' (unpleasant matter), Devi's presence in the temple enriched by rituals and customs was in her most happy face.

In the 'Devaprashna', it was found out that hundreds of years ago, a great sage had come to this place, and found feeling Devi's presence, had made her appear before him through his prayers. The hilltop where the temple is situated was called Parakkunnu which is pronounced with a slight difference today. It is believed that Kunnu in the name of temple indicates the 'MeenaChakra'. The population in this area was very low and the temple had been left deserted for a long time. After many years a member of the Paraya community named Adimuthappan who had acquired special talents by serving Kalladikod Malavara Deities was given Dharshan by goddess, and, as per her wish Devi was placed in Adimuthappan's Padinhatt (Westeren Side). Devi suggested her pujas and rituals to Adimuthappan and provided him and his lineage (posterity) with the strength of blessings required to serve her. Realizing the lack of sublimity in Adimuthappan's Padinhatt, Devi gave a dream vision to the Naduvazhi, the ruler of the province and as per her instructions, the Naduvazhi honoured the deity by providing the most sublime Parakkunnath sthana.

Ever since Devi advices to Adimuthappa about the poojas and offer offerings to be made to her, it is the members of his posterity belonging to the Paraya Community who offer poojas and rites in this temple.

Ever since the Naduvazhi was given dream vision by the goddess and her deity was placed in the sublime place, the title of goddess 'melkoyma' was given to the members of Kollodi family through the Naduvazhi. This custom is continued till day. Adimuthappan and Malavara deities whom he served are given special places and have been worshipped in the houses of temple priests.

Darshana Timings

The temple is open at 7 am and closes after the Morning day poojas by 10.30 AM and reopens at evening around 5 PM to till 6.30 PM.


How to reach

By Air
The pilgrims can reach Calicut / Nedumbassery airport by Air and from there can divert to Thrissur route (Kuttippuram- Vallanchery) to reach Shri Parakkunnath Bhagavathi Temple.

By Rail
The pilgrims can reach Kuttippuram by Railway and from there by bus to Parakunnath Muddal bus stop which is 3 KM away on Kozhikode road. From there it’s only½ KM to reach Shri Parakkunnath Bhagavathi Temple.

By Road
You can travel by N H 17 Kuttipuram Vallanchery Road and can arrive at Parakunnath Muddal bus stop. From there it’s only½ KM to reach Shri Parakkunnath Bhagavathi Temple.