It is believed that this ancient Devasthanam was a Shivalaya in yore. Pooja, then was performed by Saints. In AD 1200, this temple came under the rule of Brahmins. Later the Sivalaya was converted into Vaishnava Temple. About 700 years ago this temple came under Zamorins, persuaded by the Valiya Thamburatti of Ambadi Kovilakam, re-constructed the temple on the lines of Shri Padmanabha Swami Temple at Thiruvananthapuram. For this Zamorin got immense help from Mangattachan.

Prathishta Murthy

The idol in the temple is Parthasarathy as explained in the 46th sloka of 11th chapter of Bhagavad Gita.

The Sloka is –

“Kiritinam Gadinam Chakrahastam
Icchami tuam drashtumaham Thathaiva
Tenaiva roopena chaturbhujena
Sahasrabaho bhava Viswamurthe”

( I wish to see thee even as before with thy crown, mace and disc in thy hand. Assume thy four-armed shape, O’Thou a thousand arms, and universal form! )

Frightened at the sight of Viswaroopam, Arjun asks the Lord to assume the shape of Vishnu with four hands, then God assumes the Chathurbahu Parthasarathy roopam.

With the height of 195 yavams, this beautiful Chathurbahu Vigraha stands looking westward.

Upadevathas

Inside the sanctum sanctorum on the southern side, there was Dakshinamoorthy. The presence of Dakshinamoorhty in Vaishnava Temple is a rare seen. Inside the Chuttambalam, there is Ganapathy in Kannimoola, and Sastha in south western side of the Nalambalam. In the Swarnaprasnam, conducted in 1979, it was found that there is the presence of Nagaraja and Bhadrakali. Up to the recent times the sacred weapon of Shri Valayanad Bhagavathy was kept here. During Ulsavam time, this was taken out to the Valayanad Temple in procession on a caparisoned elephant.

Festivals etc.

Ashtami Rohini,Guruvayur Ekadasi, Sabarimala season, Prathishta Dinam, Onam and Vishu are the main festivals observed here. First Thursdays in Malayalam Calendar months and Thiruvonam are also considered auspicious for Darshan.

Mahakshetra

Govindapuram Sree Parthasarathi Temple is considered to be one of the Mahakshetras. The architectural design, Anushtanas, legends etc make a temple a Mahakshetra.

The Deity here is connected with the temples of Govindapuram and surroundings such as Tali, Valayanad, Korangott, Eravath Kunnu, Ollur, Rishipura etc. The traditional procession of Rishipuram Devan on Sivarathri and Thiruvathira days used to start from Govindapuram Temple.

The Ambadi Kovilakam, which was the residence of the eldest Thampuratti of Zamorin’s Palace was situated exactly on the western side of the temple. Even today that compound is called Kovilakam Paramba. In the good old days, the ruling Zamorins used to visit this temple. According to a Grandhavari of Kozhikode Hajur of 1905, some 20805 paras of rice were collected to this temple as pattam every year.

After having withstood the ravages of time for ages, this ancient temple now stands partly rebuilt in pristine glory. The new idol was consecrated on 17th May 2003 in the auspicious muhurtha of 2:34 AM by Chenas Sankaranarayanan Namboodiripad, the Thanthri of the temple. The huge Kattila of 18 feet height at the western gopuram is a proof of the glorious days of this ancient temple.

The 3rd phase of re-construction work is going on now. The first phase of work was the construction of the Sri Kovil, and Upadevathas. In 2nd phase we have completed Namaskara Mandapam, thidappally,Balikkallu and Nalambalam which is also known as Chuttambalam. So far an amount of Rs.65 Lakhs was spent for these works. The works yet to be carried out are Vilakkumadam,Oottupura and Compound wall. Our Engineers have assessed and estimated the cost of the above work to Rs.85 Lakhs, including Vilakkumadam. The Samithy is confident that with the blessing of Lord Parthasarathi and with the unreserved co-operation of the Bhakthas spread all over the World, the task before us could be achieved without any difficulty.

We appeal to all magnanimous devotees to donate liberally and make our venture a grand success.

May Lord Parthasarathi shower his blessings on you!

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