Sree Pazhanchira Devi Temple is one of the most ancient temples, almost 700 years old and was installed by a 'Siddhayogi' who worshipped the Devi. Gradually this place was converted into a temple and there a place was given to the Yogi on the western side of the Sree Kovil.
The present Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala was once a region of forests. A sage, Yogeeswarar by name performed deep penance on the banks of River Neelattrangarai on Devi for Her darshan. Mother Devi granted darshan to the sage and asked him to install Her in the place. The sage made an idol of Mother Devi in the form She granted darshan to him and installed her here. Later, forests were destroyed and a prison was built in the place. That also vanished in course of time. Hence, the place was named Pazhanjirai – Old Jail. The idol of sage Yogeeswara also is here who built the temple in front of Devi. Mother Devi is praised as the alter-ego of Kodungalur Devi.
Pazhanchira Devi Temple Thiruvananthapuram
Devotees offer Pongal-pudding nivedhana to Mother Devi with vastras, red flower garlands. They also fire crackers.