once a certain priest, who traveled from North Canara by walk
rested under the cool shade of the banyan trees for a while When
about to resume his journey he lifted his umbrella to take it with him.
But lo! it had stuck fast into the earth that all his might went up in
smoke. This mysterious
phenomenon was beyond
his brain to account for its occurrence. Forth with he consulted some scholarly
astrologers who conveyed that Mother Saraswathi who followed him from the
beginning of his journey; did not like to leave this sacrosanct spot. Realising
the potency of the place, he caused a beautiful temple built at once. When money
flows, will not towers pierce into heavens to enter into colloquy with deities
and acquaint them with the glory of earthly abodes? Having settled in an
elegantly built mandir she started raining boons on the deserving bhaktas. Soon
her fame spread far and near and made this into an unparalleled Saraswati
kshetra. And indeed Kerala does not possess a similar temple amidst a pond
surrounded by crystal clear water. Among the yearly functions, the Navaratri
festival takes precedence over others, when lakhs of Saradopasakas and budding
literary men congregate and celebrate many auspicious function with unprecedented pomp and
splendour. Among the choice vazhivadus held dear to the
heart of the Mother, Payasam comes first followed by Appam, Tirummaduram etc.
The daily offering of a special Naivedyam called Kashayam is said to cure all
physical ailments. Hence heavy crowds then. This shrine is immensely holy to
knowledge loving Hindus. .
It lies in Parur accessible by bus and train.