Thrikkakara The Game Behind the Name
The local chieftains as well as the common people used to celebrate Onam for 28 days at Thrikkakkara during the perumal rule. During those times, the flowers required for worship were gathered from a place near Edapally which came to be known as pukkattupadi; pu meaning flower in Malayalam; the place where the grain for the feast was threshed came to be known as ummictiira as the dried husk of ricegrain is called ‘ummi’ in Malayalam. The place is today called unnichira which is a corrupted form of ummichira. The popiary where the royal elephants were fastened which was called kalabhaserry came to be called Kalamassery in later times.
Another major place in the village of Thrikkakkara with an interesting trivia behind its name is Padamugal which is the site of the satellite township today. Its is said to be the place where tipu sultan’s army valllied and encamped during his attempted conquest of Edapally and Cochin. Historical evidence too backs the authenticity of the fact as many of the soldiers who lost their lives in the battle were buried here at the padamugal mosque and their graves bear witness to it. ‘Pada’ in Malayalam refers to army and thus the place where the army camped came to be known as padamugal.