Bhagavathy (Goddess Durga) Temple, Chottanikkara

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A famous abode of Goddess Durga in Kerala. The temple is more famous for curing mental diseases.

Legend is that a butcher named Kannappan had lived in the area. One day he tried to butcher a buffalo, which ran away. Although Kannappan followed it he could not get hold of it. Finally, in the evening, when he reached home he was surprised to see his only daughter playing with that buffalo in front of the house. The buffalo and his daughter became close friends and the girl used to spend all her time with the buffalo.

One day his daughter died; Kannappa became grief stricken. At night Devi appeared on his dream and revealed that the buffalo is she herself. She advised to worship her with the idols which can be seen at his cowshed. Kannappa jumped out of the bed, rushed to his cowshed. He saw two idols of Devi and a Vishnu idol there. He started worshipping it. The present temple mark the place of the cowshed of Kannappan .

The temple is closely associated with Sri.Vilwamangalathu Swamiyar. It is he who prescribed the rules of pooja at this temple. The idol of Kizhakke Kavu on the west-east of the main temple is believed to have consecrated by Sri Vilwamangalam. This temple is known for curing mental ailments. The Guruthi pooja in late night at this temple is an important ritual, especially on Fridays. It is attended by many devotees.

Here, Goddess Durga is being worshipped in three different forms in a day; as Saraswati in the morning, as Mahalakshmi in noon and as Durga in the evening. It is believed, that after giving darshan as Saraswati at this temple, the Goddess goes to Sri Kollur Mookambika temple to give darshan as Saraswati there.

The Makam Thozhal festival in Kumbham (February–March) is the most important festival. On this day Goddess appears to her devotee with all her ornaments and with much splendor. The legend is that Goddess appeared to Sri Vilwamangalam Swamiyar on this day in the same way. Having darshan at this day is considered auspicious, which attract a huge number of devotees to the temple.

The temple is about 20 kilometers from Ernakulam.


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