In Kerala, the mother Goddess is generally referred as Bhagavathy. The Bhagavathy temple at Kodungallur is actually a temple dedicated to Kali or Kannagi. Kannagi, 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 Kaali or Durga, this temple can also be considered as the temple of Kaali.
As per the belief, the temple was orginally a Shiva temple and after Kannagi or Bhagavathi's images was installed, it became Bhagavathi temple. The image of Bhagavathy, 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 Bhagavathi temple also houses the Shiva shrine. Shiva is called as Sundareshwarar in this temple (remember the name of the Lord of Madurai is Sundaraeshwarar, and Kannagi was living in Madurai). The backside wall of Sundareshwarar shrine has a small figure of Meenakshi (the Goddess of Madurai).
There are two more idols in the courtyard of the temple - Kshetrapala idol and a Goddess idol.
Site Name: Kodungallur Bhagavathi Temple
City Name: Kodungallur
1) An ancient Bhagavathi 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
View Larger Map