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Dakshina Mookambika Temple in North Paravur

·  Summer: March-June (24°C - 37°C)
·  Winter: October-February (17°C - 33°C)
·  Monsoon: July-September

Best time to visit:  October-March

Opening Time: 05:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 08:00 p.m. (closed between 11:00 a.m. and 05:00 p.m.)
Weekly Holiday: Nil

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One of the rarest temples dedicated to the goddess of art and learning, Saraswati, Dakshina Mookambika Temple is well-known for its serenity, festive celebrations and religious significance. Located in the town of North Paravur, the temple was built by a local ruler named Thampuran. A regular visitor to the Kollur Temple in Karnataka, he built the temple with permission of the goddess after he became incapable of visiting the original temple due to ill-health.

The main shrine (called Sri Kovil) is located inside a square lotus pond. One of the main highlights of the temple is the ritual of daily aartis (prayers) performed with elaborated procedures. Kashayam is a form of prasada offered to the goddess and is considered to be of wisdom-enhancing quality due to its herbal preparation.

The temple also houses shrines of other Hindu deities like Ganesha, hanuman, Maha Vishnu, Subramaniam and Yakshi. Visiting the temple during Navratri celebrations is an outstanding experience.

Road: The temple is easily accessible from the popular city of Cochin (about 33 km. away) via Edapally-Panvel Highway (NH 47). Taxis, auto-rickshaws as well as local buses are among the most preferred modes for the convenient road journey.

Railway: Those travelling by train should get down at the Aluva Railway Station which is about 16 km. from the temple. Auto-rickshaws are the most recommended mode to reach the temple from the station.

Airway: About 20 km. from the temple is the Cochin International Airport, offering uninterrupted air connectivity. You can hire a taxi at the airport to travel by road to the temple.