is one of the five ancient shrines in the Chengannur area of Kerala, connected with the
Mahabharatam. (Chengannur - Yuddhishtra, Tiruppuliyur - Bheema, Aranmula
- Arjuna, Tiruvamundur - Nakula and Tirukkadittaanam - Sahadeva). Nammalwar
describes Chenkunrur as a town where the smoke emanating from the vedic ritual yagnas
fills the sky and as a place surrounded by rich lush vegetation (of bananas and coconuts).
The Chengannoor Mahadevar temple with a shrine to Bhagavati is of
great significance in this town.
In its good days, this temple's annual festival in the malayalam month of Meenam
witnessed elaborate celebrationss with performances of Chakkiyar koothy, Koodiyattam etc.
Legend has it that Dharmaputra (Yuddhishtra) offered worship to
Vishnu, seeking pardon for his act on the battlefield, where he uttered the words
'Ashwattaama hatah kunjaraha' in an attempt to deceive Drona and lead him to a defenceless
state where Arjuna brought his (Drona's) life to an end.