June 26, 2010

Kodangallur Bhagavati Temple, Kerala, India

In Kerala, the mother Goddess is generally referred as Bhagavati. The Bhagavati temple at Kodungallur is actually a temple dedicated to Kali or Kannagi. Kannagi is the heroine of the Tamil epic Silappathikaram. The Chera king Senguttuvan built a temple for Kannagi in Kodangallur. This is perhaps the only temple for Kannagi. As Kannagi is believed to be a manifestation of Kali or Durga, this temple can also be considered as the temple of Kali.

As per the belief, the temple was orginally a Shiva temple and after Kannagi or Bhagavati's images was installed, it became Bhagavati temple. The image of Bhagavati, which is around six feet high, is believed to have been carved out of a jack fruit tree. Bharani festival is celebrated in this temple in a grand manner.

Kodungallur Bhagavati temple also has a shrine for Lord Shiva. He is called as  Sundareshwarar in this temple (similar to the deity of Madurai, the city where Kannagi's husband was killed). On the backside of the sanctum, the image of Meenakshi is found in the niche.

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Fast Facts:

Site Name: Kodungallur Bhagavati Temple
City Name: Kodungallur
1) An ancient Bhagavati temple in Kerala
2) Perhaps the only temple for Kannagi

Location: 40 kms from Thrissur, Kerala state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Thrissur
Nearest Airport: Cochin (around 50 kms)
How to reach: Reachable by road from Thrissur
Hotel: A lot of luxury hotels and budget hotels are available in the nearby city Thrissur
Restaurants: There are a lot of good restaurants in the nearby city Thrissur

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1 comment:

  1. Very good info. Incidentally there is a separate shrine for Kannagi outside (within the temple precincts)