Pilgrimage Tour

Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple, Kerala

Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple is one of the oldest temples in Kerala. It is dedicated to the Mother Goddess who is worshipped in three incarnations of Saraswathi, Lakshmi and Durga. Devi Saraswathi is offered prayers early morning, Lakshmi at noon and Durga in the evening. The holy shrine is an excellent example of Kerala's architecture. It is believed that the temple was constructed by Vishwakarma, the Architect God. The idol of the goddess is self-manifested and formed out of Rudraksha Shila. As the goddess is worshipped in three incarnations, the decorations change accordingly.

The temple has two shrines - Keezhkavu and Melukavu. Melukavu is the main shrine that houses the Mother Goddesses and Keezhkavu is dedicated to Bhadrakali that is located next to the pond in the temple.

Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple is Famous For

Devotees worship Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Amman and Keezhu Kavu Bhadrakali Amman as the healing goddesses. It is believed that praying in the temple can cure even life-threatening diseases. There is an ancient tree in the temple premises. Those healed of possession by demons hit a nail into this tree or the fence around the tree.

Festivals/Events Celebrated at Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple, Kerala

The main temple festival is Makom Thozal celebrated during February-March.
Makom Thozal is a seven-day festival. It is a grand affair when the goddess is dressed her best, elephant processions and elaborate poojas are organised. A large number of weddings take place at the temple during this time.

Other festivals celebrated at the temple are:

  1. Onam – August-end
  2. Navarathri – October
  3. Vishu – Mid April

For a trip to Chottanikkara Temple book your Kerala tour package on SacredYatra and choose the itinerary accordingly.

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