Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Pandavan Para

The Pandavan Para which is home to an ancient temple is situated at Chengannur in the Pathanamthitta district. It is located near "Noottuvar  Para" named after the Kauravas depicted in the epic Mahabharata.

Legend says that the Pandavas, during their exile, resided at Pandavanpara and the brothers used to offer worship at the nearby temples. The hillock has some remnants which the locals associate with the stay of Pandavas.

A temple at the hilltop is dedicated to the Pandavas and has Lord Krishna as the presiding deity. There are several curious rock structures like those shaped like a frog (called 'thavalapara' in local parlance) and  like the musical instrument maddalam ('maddalapara' in local parlance).

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