When wrapped in divinity, myths attain a sublime state of elegance. There are many destinations throughout Kerala that are divine and carry the beauty of myths and legends that define them. One of the most prominent among them is the Varahamurthy Temple situated at Kumbidi in the Pattambi taluk of Palakkad. An architectural marvel, this temple is rich in history and stories that surround it, creating an enigmatic aura. The chief deity of the temple is lord Varahamurthy, the third Avatar of lord Vishnu. Goddess Bhumi is also worshipped here.
It is believed that this ancient temple was built by Sage Parashurama, over 4,000 years ago. For a long time in history, this temple was considered the prime temple in Kerala. Legend has it that Parashurama donated everything that he won to Kashyap following his victory over Kshatriyas. Afterwards, Parashurama created a strip of land where he intended to carry out his meditation. This slice of land is believed to be Kerala. Lord Vishnu was happy with Parashurama's devotion. He appeared before Parashurama and asked him to worship the lord in Varaha's incarnation. Thus, the belief is that Parashurama installed the principal deity at the Sri Varahamurthy Temple.
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