The Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple is a prominent Hindu temple located in Thrissur, Kerala, India. It is one of the two major participating temples in the Thrissur Pooram, which is one of the largest and most famous temple festivals in Kerala.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy, a form of the divine mother and a powerful deity in Hindu mythology. The presiding deity of the temple is known by different names, including Paramekkavilamma, Bhadrakali, and Durga. The goddess is depicted with four arms, holding various weapons, symbolizing her protective and fierce aspects.
The architecture of the temple follows traditional Kerala style, characterized by its unique roof structure, woodwork, and intricate carvings. The temple complex is quite spacious and includes several structures and sanctums dedicated to different deities.
The Thrissur Pooram is a grand spectacle that takes place in the temple precincts. It is a vibrant festival where two groups of temples, led by Paramekkavu and Thiruvambady, compete in a friendly manner by displaying caparisoned elephants, traditional music, and fireworks.
The Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple holds significant cultural and religious importance in Kerala and attracts thousands of devotees and tourists throughout the year, especially during the Thrissur Pooram festival.