The region derived its name Peruvalassery, now colloquially referred to as Peralassery, for the ‘peruvala’ or ‘big bangle’ worn by Lord Rama as a symbol of his kingdom. Legend says the temple dates back to the Thretha Yuga and came into being when Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Hanuman stopped by the region enroute their journey to Lanka for rescuing Sita. Sensing the presence of Lord Subramanya, with permission from Lord Ayappa, Lord Rama decided to consecrate an idol of the deity there.
When Hanuman, who was assigned the task of finding a suitable idol from the North, did not appear in time, Lord Rama consecrated his bangle instead. As Hanuman tried to replace the bangle with the idol later on, he was warned against it by a serpent. The temple has many interesting facets. Serpents are worshipped here with chicken eggs as the offering apart from milk and yellow rice.
A mighty Ashoka tree with a snake pit is where devotees offer naga aradhana. The temple also has Kerala’s largest stepwell, considered sacred by devotees. People from all backgrounds are welcome. The festival season sees many temple art forms like Thayambaka, Irattathayambaka, Chakyarkoothu, Pattakam Ottan Thullal and Kathakali performed here.
All Days: 06:00 AM - 12:30 PM
04:15 PM - 08:00 PM