|Dakshina Mookambika Temple in North Paravur, Kerala ustdial.com|
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The legend has it the ruler of this place Thampuran of Paravur, being an ardent devotee of Goddess Mookambika. never failed to make his annual pilgrimage to the Kollur temple near Mangalore, now in Karnataka. Having become frail and old, he found it difficult to make his annual visit to the Kollur temple. Crest-fallen, he stoically regretted his helplessness. The goddess, being compassionate as she was, appeared in a dream and advised him to have a temple built and consecrated her idol near his palace. This would help him have daily darshan of her. Accordingly, Thampuran had a temple built at Paravur and installed the Goddess as per temple Sastras.
Among the Hindu festivals, here the nine-day Navaratri festival is held on a grand scale with passion and piety. During the Navaratri celebration one can feel the religious fervor here among the devotees and lots of people get involved in the music festival. On the day of ''Durgashtami'', school/college books are stacked before the image of Goddess Saraswathy by the students so that they will pass the exams with flying colors. On Vijayadashami day in the morning, Vidyaraṃbhaṃ (''Ezhuthinirithu''in Malayalam; in Tamil mudal ezhuthu)) ceremony takes place in a special mandapam. The ritual will go from 4 am to 11 am under the guidance of Gurus or priests. Thousands of little children - aged 3 to 5 are introduced to the world of letters by making them write the word ''Harisree'' on rice and sand;guru will write the mantra on the kid's tongue with a golden ring. Conducting this ceremony on the temple premises implies invocation of gods - Ganapati and Vishnu, and goddess Saraswati so that the children will be blessed by the almighty and their difficult academic journey will be a successful one.
The other festival a"ten-day annual event" comes in the month of Makaram (January–February) and it attracts lots of devotees who visit the temple to have their wish fulfilled.