Padanilam
History

Padanilam Parabrahma Temple is one of the major Temples in Kerala. The presiding deity of the temple is 'Lord Parabrahma' the integration of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. It is one of the rare temples where there is no proper idol and the priest does not wear a sacred thread (Poonool). The temple is very much like the Oachira Parabrahma Temple. The temple has no compound walls and roofs. This is one the few temples in Kerala where a large number of festivals are being conducted.

Nooranad Padanilam Temple and its surroundings witnessed many historical wars. Once there was a war between the south and the north. The origin of war was the border conflict between two erstwhile kingdoms, northern and southern. The people in the area sided with the two kingdoms and continued the war for decades. One side consisted of Noorukodi Unnithans & Kadackal Karuppans and the other Vettathasaans & Velladickal Karuppans.

The first war is believed to have occurred between BC-645 and BC-700, led by Marthandavarma King on one side and Kayamkulam King on the other. The 22 Karakals of Nooranad took side with the two kings. The Southern parties built their fort and other arrangements in the eastern part of the temple. The northern parties built their fort in the west part. During the war, many soldiers of both the sides died in large numbers. They were buried in the chira near the temple.

Even from very earlier timrs, this temple is a blessing for the people in the surrounding areas. The common people started worrying about the devastation of the war and approached the 'Pazhoor Panamana Thampuran' to find a solution to end the war. He tried to intervene but warring parties were not in a position to stop. He made a tent in the Eastern part of the temple and started a fast unto death. But that also did not deter the warring parties. But when he was on the verge of death due to the fast, they fearing the 'Brahmanasaapam' (The curse of Brahmana), agreed to stop war. They demarcated the boundary in North-South direction and stopped the war in the name of Parabrahma, the presiding deity of the temple.

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