108 Durga Temples in Kerala created by Lord Parasurama




According to the legends, Lord Parasurama created the land between Gokarna and Kanyakumari. Lord Parasurama the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu was the son of Sage Jamadagni and Renuka. As a mark of repentance for Kshatriya Nigraha sin, Parasurama meditated at Gokarna and invoked Lord Varuna (the Lord of the Oceans). Parasurama asked him for a boon. To absolve himself of the sins he had committed, he wanted to donate some land to the Brahmins. There was no land available because he already donated the whole land he obtained by the 21 round Kshatriya Nigraha to Sage Kashyapa. Lord Varuna told Parasurama that he would give him as much land as he wished. He told him to fling his Parasu (axe) from where he stood at Gokarna. The land from Gokarna till the point where the axe landed would be given to him was the boon that Lord Varuna promised him. The throw of the `axe' from Gokarna to Kanyakumari created Kerala. Parasurama donated this land to the Brahmins and settled Brahmins there in 64 gramams or villages.


32 out of the 64 gramams are in the Tulu speaking region (in between Gokarnam and Perumpuzha) and the remaining 32 gramams are in the Malayalam speaking region(in between Perumpuzha and Kanyakumari) in Kerala. Those in Kerala listed in the Keralopatti, the narrative of Kerala history are


1. Payyannoor 2. Perumchelloor (Talipparambu) 3. Alatthiyoor 4. Karanthol 5.Chokiram (Shukapuram) 6. Panniyoor 7. Karikkau 8. Isaanamangalam 9. Thrussivaperoor 10. Peruvanam. 11. Chamunda (Chemmanta) 12. Irungatikkootal (Iringalakkuda) 13. Avattiputhur (Avittathoor) 14. Paravoor 15. Airanikkulam 16. Muzhikkalam 17. Kuzhavur 18. Atavur 19. Chenganatu(Chengamanadu) 20. Ilibhyam 21. Uliyannoor 22. Kalutanatu. 23. Ettumanoor 24. Kumaranalloor 25. Kadamuri 26. Aranmula 27. Tiruvalla 28. Kidangoor 29.Chengannoor 30. Kaviyoor 31. Venmani and 32. Neermanna (Niranam)


After the creation of these gramams, Parasurama had consecrated 108 Shiva temples and 108 Durga temples for the well-being and prosperity of the people in Kerala . Among these 216 temples, the Lord Shiva of Gokarnam Mahabaleswara Temple in the north and Goddess Kumari of Kanyakumari temple in the south were considered as the protectors of Kerala. The first Durgalaya created by Parasurama was the Kanyakumari Devi Temple and the last one was the Kumaranalloor Devi Temple. The names of these temples were given in the famous 108 Durgalaya Nama Stothra.


1. Valayalayam - Oorakam Amma Thiruvady Temple

2. Adikk

3. Thycad

4. Kadalayi

5. Kanyakumari Devi Temple

6. Kamakshi

7. Mookambi - Kollur Mookambika Temple

8. Cherukunnu Annapoornneswari Temple

9. Kumaranalloor Devi Temple

10.Kaveed Durga Temple

11. Cheranalloor Devi Temple

12. Chengalam

13. Thodippally

14. Idappally - Palarivattam Sree Rajarajeswari Temple or Perandoor Durga Devi Temple

15. Peroorkkavu

16. Mayilppuram

Chottanikkara Devi Temple

Edakkunni Durga Temple

Kuttanalloor Devi Temple

Arikanniyoor Hari Kanyaka Devi Temple

Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavathy Temple

Rayiranalloor Durga Temple

Thrissilerry Jaladurga Temple

Cherppu Sree Bhagavathy Temple

Puthucode Annapoorneswary Temple

Pazhayannoor Devi Temple

Kallekkulangara Emoor Bhagavathy Temple

Cherthala Kathyayani Temple

Aroor Kathyayani Temple

Idayannoor Devi Temple

Cherukunnu Annapoorneswary Temple

Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple

Kaduppassery Durga Bhagavathy Temple

Panniyankara Sree Durga Temple

Aniyoor Durga Temple Chempazhanthy

Kurinjikkavu Vanadurga Temple