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The legend has it that once upon a time lord Subramaniya had imprisoned Lord Brahma for his inability to tell him the correct meaning of " OM" Pranava Mantram. When Lord Shiva came to know about it, he released Brahma from the prison, reprimanded his son for his misconduct and told him, in unequivocal terms, that he had committed sin and to make amends for having ill treated lord Brahma, Subramanya had to take the form of a serpent and live in isolation in a well. So, Lord Subramanya took the form of a snake and the other snakes protected him from rain and sunshine because of his as he divinity.
Peralassery is the place where this incident was supposedly taken place. When Parvathy, Shiva's consort, wanted to see Subramanya in natural form, she was advised by Shiva to follow Shasti Vratham. After several such Vrathams (fastings) Subramanya appeared before her in the Serpent form. The moment Parvathy touched the serpent, Subramanya got back his natural form.
During the period of Ramayana - Thretha Yuga', while in search of Sita, Sri Rama recognized the presence of Subramanya in a temple called Ayyappan Kavu' in a remote place in the present day Kerala. Here the presiding deity was Lord Ayyappa, however, Sri Rama a wanted to have an idol of Subramanya installed there and asked Hanuman to bring it from the Himalayas before the end the auspicious time. As Hanuman did not come on time, Sri Rama consecrated his bangle in the place of an idol. The bangle is referred to as 'Vala' in the Malayalam language and the bangle of the prince(here it refers to Sri Rama) was called 'Peruvala'. Later, the name changed to Peralassery'. The idol brought by Hanuman was also consecrated here by Hanuman himself. the place where Hanuman consecrated the idol, came to be known as 'Markadakassery' and later became 'Makreri'.
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The Stepped Tank (“Chira”) of the Peralassery Subramania temple is a major attraction here. Such stepped tanks are rare in this part of India that receives plenty of rain during the Monsoon. Ornamented and highly sculptured step wells are quite common in the arid areas of Rajasthan and Gujarat.