ലക്ഷ്മീനാരായണപുരം/லக்ஷ்மீனாராயனபுரம் is one among the Nineteen villages in Palghat, Kerala. Lakshminarayanapuram Village is one of the well known ancient villages in Palghat situated east of Kalpathy by the side of Palghat Puthur Malampuzha main road. This beautiful village with its two famous temples of Lord Gopalakrishnaat the western extremity and Lord Subramanya at the southern extremity has held a unique fascination for those who have been living here for several decades and even for those who visit the village on some occasion or the other. It is difficult even for a casual visitor not to be impressed by the natural cleanliness of the village and the inexplicable tranquility of the environment. It is a tribute to the village that the hoary tradition of the village has been preserved for more than three centuries. The tradition of the village has been the source of perennial comfort and inspiration to all those who hail from the village. This is certainly not to say that those who have settled down in the village in the recent past felt like aliens. In fact, all those who have settled down in the village have become an integral part of the time-tested culture of the village. One who hails from this village and has imbibed the spirit of its tradition can proudly claim that Lakshminarayanapuram is a symbol of a harmonious, gregarious village life exuding sweetness and light all around. Besides Gopalakrishnaswamy, the deities of Lord Mahaganapathy and Lord Ayyappa are also installed in the Gopalakrishnaswamy temple.
The annual car festival is an occasion when all the villagers, irrespective of their status get automatically drawn in to the service of the Lord and give off their best, both financially and physically. What one witnesses is a delightful exhibition of divinely inspired unity and a spectacle of spiritual gaiety and social harmony. The belief that the celebration of the car festival is the "sine quanon" for the peace and prosperity of the villagers has reminded unshaken till now. It is a matter of gratification for all that the car festival has, of late come to be celebrated with redoubled interest and zeal. It is an ecstatic manifestation of the irrepressible religious spirit of a whole community wedded to a common cause. The Thaipoosam festival is also celebrated in a extravagant way at the Lord Subramanya temple every year.
Lakshminarayanapuram is the only village in Palakkad where there are two car festivals every year. The Chithira car festival (also known as the "Periya ther" or big car festival) is celebrated during the month of April/May, and the Vaikunta Ekadasi car festival (also known as "Chinna ther" or small car festival) is celebrated during the month of Dec/Jan.
The rich culture of the village is reflected in many other activities like the Poojas in the month of Margazhi performed in the small hours of the morning to the accompaniment of soul-stirring devotional melodies sung by the village Bhajan troupe with passionate zeal and devotional intensity. It is no exaggeration to say that a true devotee at that beautiful hour of the morning, standing before the luminous, idol of the Gopalakrishna, the presiding deity of the village, seated on a Lotus flower with butter on both his tender palms and a lotus crowing his head goes into raptures over the infinite beauty of his divine being and momentarily feels relieved from the "heavy and weary weight of all this unintelligible world". Helpless devotees unable to cope with their problems, surrendering themselves at the feet of the Lord, have never been let down by him. The instances are too numerous to recount. The beneficiaries of the Lord's protection and grace usually perform Ekadasi Kanakku as a token of their gratitude to him. No wonder the Lord is hailed as the Chaitanayamoorthy by one and all and the belief that the propitiation of this Chaitanyamoorthy is the surest way for all to tide over the various crisis of life is getting reinforced with every passing year. On the Thiruvonam day every month there are a large number of devotees who offer "Palpayasam" Nivedyam. It is believed that if a devotee-couple who has no children worships this deity and perform Nivedyam with "Palpayasam" continuously for 12 months, they will be blessed with children. Also, anyone having Kuja-Rahu Dosham will get relief from malefic effects. Yet another convention which has remained unbroken for several decades is the performance of Sastha Pooja or Sastha Preethi on which occasion a feast is arranged which is also thrown open to everyone living in the vicinity of the village.
Sree Gopalakrishna Swamy temple in Lakshminarayana Puram is believed to be more than three hundred years old. History has it that originally the temple deity was Sree Lakshminarayana (and hence the name Lakshminarayanapuram) and that at the time of Tippu Sultan's invasion of Palghat the residents of the village had hidden the deity in the well of a house with a view of protecting the sanctity of the idol. It so happened that the Sree Gopalakrishnaswamy of Sekharipuram village had also been hidden in the idol first to be taken out of the well. Subsequently when calm was restored after the withdrawal of Tippu Sultan from Palghat, the idols were retrieved. The elders of the two villages agreed that the idol first to taken out of the well should be stalled and consecrated for worship in the Lakshminarayanapuram temple and the second at Sekharipuram, The idol of Lord Gopalakrishna, the first to be taken out was installed as per "Sankalpam" in Lakshminarayanapuram. That was how Lord Gopalakrishna become the presiding deity of the place. Since, then it has been the sacred practice of the village to perform the 'Upacharas' for the Lord at the time of the Chitra Car festival in front of the house where the idol of the Lord was kept during Tippu's invasion.