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Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple

Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple is one of the prominent temples of Kerala state. The temple is one of the five temples established by Parashurama. The temple has a history of about 1200 years. The temple is located at a distance of 8 km from Kayamkulam at Chettikulangara on Kayamkulam-Mavelikara road in Mavelikkara taluk of Alappuzha district.

Chettikulangara Bhagavathy TempleThe important feature of the Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple is that the goddess appears as Maha Saraswathi in the morning, Maha Lakshmi at noon and Sri Durga or Bhadrakali in the evening.

The Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple 13 Karas (territories). The temple is at the centre of the oldest four Karas-Erezha South, Erezha North, Kaitha South and Kaitha North and the rest of the Karas Kannamangalam South, Kannamangalam North, Pela, Kadavoor, Anjilipra, Mattam North, Mattam South, Menampally and Nadakkavu surround this temple.

There are numerous sub-deities adjacent to the temple, and a number of Prathishtas have been either revamped or added in respect to the Deva Prashnam (divine question) by proficient astrologers in recent times. The main Sub-deities of the temple are Yakshini, Ganapathi, Nagaraja, Balakan, Muhurthi, Naga Yakshi, Thevara Moorthy, Kannamballi bhagavathi, Rekshas (a fierce supernatural creature who feeds on humans) and Vallyachan. You can also find a small temple for Moolasthanam (primary abode).

The major distinctive aspect of this temple is the massive oil lamp called Kathuvilakku (made from granite) that accommodates over a thousand wicks and is the biggest in India.

Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple is the next largest temple after Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple, when it comes in terms of income under the control of Travancore Devaswom Board. A major part of Nellu presented for the Bhagavathi is also utilized in making Appam as well as Aravana prasadams at Sabarimala. The earnings belonging to the temple is also useful to manage the everyday rituals as well as Poojas at a number of temples under the Travancore Devaswom Board.

Festivals of the Temple

The Kettukazhcha festival at the Temple attracts a huge number of devotees. Processions of tall decorated structures on chariots, brightly decorated effigies of horses and bullocks and cultural performances make a spectacular procession. This festival is held in February/March.

Distance from Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple

Kuttanad: 38 Km
Alappuzha: 45 Km
Kollam: 51 Km
Kottayam: 53 Km
Kumarakom: 62 Km
Kochi: 99 Km
Ernakulam: 105 Km
Thiruvananthapuram: 114 Km
Kovalam: 121 Km
Idukki: 148 Km
Thrissur: 173 Km
Munnar: 215 Km
Kozhikode: 296 Km
Kannur: 384 Km
Kasargod: 476 Km

How to get there:

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport or Nedumbassery Airport (IATA: COK, ICAO: VOCI)

Nearest Railway Station: Mavelikara Railway Station or Kayamkulam Railway Station

Road: Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple is well connected by road network. Private and KSRTC buses ply every minute in the Mavelikara - Kayamkulam route upto late night.

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