Fondly known as the Dakshina Mookambika, the Saraswathi temple at Panachikkad is devoted to Devi Saraswati, the goddess of learning. This temple is located in a small village called Panachikadu in the Kottayam district. Most of the Saraswati temples in the state perform poojas only during the Navarathri period, but this temple is open for devotees throughout the year. The Saraswathi shrine is located in a natural valley where visitors can see water flowing and dripping around the idol. There is no traditional sanctum sanctorum in this shrine. An alternate idol near the original idol of Goddess Saraswathi is there where poojas are performed.
The Panachikkad Saraswathi Temple also has a Vishnu temple in its premises. Pilgrims just love the creepers and the spotless spring at the temple. The water in this spring never dries even during extreme summer. There is also a natural habitat on the western side of the temple made of striking plants with fragrant flowers. The Yakshi shrine of this temple is considered to have super powers. The temple also has sub-deities like Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Lord Sastham Nagaraja and Nagayakshi. The temple and its surroundings have the resemblance of the Mookambika temple at Kodajadri. Situated in a beautiful and idyllic place, this Saraswati shrine is almost 4 kilometers away from Chingavanam near Changanasserry.
A great feature of this temple is that Vidyarambham’ (the ceremony of beginning education) performed here throughout the year except on Durgashtami’ and ‘Mahanavami’. Many children, artists, musicians and literacy workers visit this Saraswati shrine every day to seek blessing from this goddess of learning and arts. The Panachikkad Saraswathi Temple is only 7 kilometers away from Kottayam railway station. Cochin International Airport is nearly 70 kilometers away from this temple. Tour My India offers attractive deals to pilgrimage packages to Kerala for people who wish to explore the must-visit temples in this state.