July 25, 2010

Attukal Bhagavthi Temple - Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Thiruvananthapuram aka Trivandrum is the capital city of Indian state of Kerala. There are a lot of tourist places in Trivandrum. The main tourist place is Padmanabhapuram temple. There is also another famous temple located in Trivandrum - Attukal Bhagavati temple. Those who visit Padmanabhapuram consider their travel as complete only if they visit Atttukal Bhagavati temple.

Attukal Bhagavati temple is an ancient temple, which is dedicated to Bhagavati - the mother Goddess. It is believed that Vishnu Maya took the incarnation of Bhagavati. It is also believed that the heroine of Chilappathikaram epic Kannaki travelled from Tamil Nadu to Kerala and also stayed here for a short time. Hence, there is a belief that Attukal Bhagavati is actually a divined form of Kannaki.

It is a big temple. Even though it is supposed to be an ancient temple, you wouldn't get the antique feeling in this temple. The temple is built in the mixture of Tamil Nadu and Kerala style of architecture. We could find two Goddess idols inside the sanctum. The original idol of Bhagavati is covered in ornamental gold embedded with installed stones. The new idol is installed beneath the original idol. The temple is full of small idols and sculptures. The temple also houses the shrines of Ganesha and Nagaraja.

When you go to Thiruvananthapuram, ensure that you visit Attkal Bhagavathy temple also.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:

Site Name: Attukal Bhagavathi Temple
Site Type: Temple
City Name: Trivandrum
Highlights:
1) One of the important temples of Trivandrum
2) Possibly a temple of Kannagi

Location: Kerala state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Trivandrum
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum
How to reach: Easily reachable by road or train
Hotel: A lot of luxury hotels and budget hotels are available in Trivandrum
Restaurants: There are a lot of good restaurants in Trivandrum



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