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Gramam - Kavasseri

Location : near Alathur, Palakkad District. 

Kavasseri is a group of 6 Brahmin villages about 3 miles from Alathur on route to Padur/ Pazhayannur. These villages are Nellithara gramam, Oattupperai gramam, Easwara pattar gramam, Venkachi gramam, Mullakkal gramam and Naanu Pattar gramam. The settlement had over 200 households. Nelllitherai Gramam had more of Otta Madhoms where as rest were typical row houses. The Oattuperai gramam got its name obviously due to houses there getting tiled (Oatu = tile) roof earlier than others. Each gramam had their own gramadevatha or deity with temple for Mahaganapathy, Siva, Krishna, Ayyappa etc. The annual utsavams for Siva & MahaGanapathy temples and Sasthapreethy are jointly conducted by all the six villages together and well attended.

The famous Parakkad Bhagavathi Temple is common for all the 6 villages, and is open to all communities now and is run by the Devaswom Board. The Pratishta here is of SapthaMathakkal and main deity is "Parasakthi" in the form of "Varahi". The main idol is of Wood (Pilavu or Jack fruit tree). Hence alongwith this there is also Prathishta in "Linga form" in the normal granite for which Abhishekam is performed. The biggest annual festival is the Pooram. Kavasseri Pooram is supposed to be next best to Thrissur Pooram and a major attraction used to be Pancha Vadyam. There is of course vediKKettu, Elephants, Ezhunnallippu etc. This is an annual function held in the month of March for this famous Bhagavathi Temple at Parakkad. In the year 2000, Kumbhabhishekam was conducted in the Parakkad Bhagavathi Temple and the Krishna temple on a grand scale. Most of the villages retain the old charachter and houses are still retained by the brahmin community except in one of the villages.

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