July 18, 2010

Chottanikkara Bhagavathi Temple - Kerala, India

Kerala state of India - the God's own country - has a lot of popular temples such as Guruvayurappan temple and Sabarimala Ayyappa temple. Apart from Ayyappa and Guruvayurappan, Bhagavathi is one of the deities worshipped everywhere in Kerala. You can find the idol of Bhagavathi in all important temples of Kerala. The Bhagavathi temple, located in Chottannikara, near Ernakulam city, is one of the most famous Bhagavathi temples in Kerala state.

The main deity of Chottannikara temple is called either as Bhagavathi or as Rajarajeswari.The idol of Bhagavathi is made up of laterite (reddish sand) and the shape is irregular. The image has four arms. Bhagavathi, in this temple, is worshipped in three different forms - as Saraswati in the morning - Bhadrakali in the noon, and Durga in the evening.

Adjacent to Bhagavathi idol, there is an idol of Vishnu. Both the idols together are referred as Lakshmi Narayana.The highlight of the temples is that the idol here is not fixed to the ground; instead it is mounted on loose sand.

The temple also houses a shrine for Shasta with his consorts Poorna and Pushkala.The shrines of Shiva and Bhadrakali are also found in this temple.

People having psychological problems visit this temple, as there is a belief that Bhagavathi in this temple can cure mental diseases.

As per the legend, there was a dacoit named Kannappan brought a cow and wanted to slaughter that. However, the cow escaped from him and he couldn't chase and catch the cow. When he returned home, he found his daughter playing with the cow, and he didn't want to kill the cow now. After some days, his daughter passed away, and this greatly grieved him. One day, Bhagavathi appeared in his dream, and revealed that it was she who come to him in the form of a cow. To his surprise, he saw two images in the cowshed the following day. They were the images of Vishnu and Bhagavathi. He constructed this temple which eventually grew into a shrine of the magnitude seen today.

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Fast Facts

Site Name: Bhagavathi Temple
Site Type: Temple
City Name: Chottanikkara
Location: 15 kms from Ernakulam, Kerala state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam
Nearest Airport: Cochin
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from Ernakulam/Cochin
Hotel: A lot of luxury hotels and budget hotels are available in Cochin/Ernakulam
Restaurants: There are a lot of good restaurants in Cochin/Ernakulam

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