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Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is located in Kodungallur town in Thrissur District. The temple is also known as Kurumba Bhagavathi Temple and it is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The idol of goddess is only one of its kinds and has eight hands with various attributes. The Goddess is popularly known as Kodungallooramma.


Kodungallur Bhagavathy TempleKodungallur Bhagavathy Temple was constructed to remember the martyrdom of Kannakis during the Sangam age. When the reign of Kulasekhara dynasty, Kodungallur was the headquarters of Kerala, and it was the most main part of territory. It is believed that Sage Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, constructed this temple intended for the welfare of devotees. In accordance with the old records, the Bhagavathi temple was constructed at the center of the city many years ago to serve a special purpose.

As per the Legend, when the Kerala was created by Sage Parasurama, he was disturbed by a evil spirit called Daruka. To slay this evil demon, Parasurama prayed to Lord Shiva and requested for his help. As recommended by Lord Shiva, Sage Parasurama built the Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple after that established the Goddess Shakti as Bhagavathi. The main deity of the temple is believed as Parashakthi. Based on myths, it had been Bhadrakali who killed the evil spirit Daruka.

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple:

The temple premises are spread over an area of 10 acres and the main temple is located in the center. The temple is surrounded by banyan and peepal trees. The sacred temple is facing towards North. The Saptamatrukas or seven mothers are seated in the western chamber and they are also facing north. You can also see the images of Lord Ganapathi and Lord Veerabhadra in the chamber and they are facing east and west respectively. The idol of main deity Goddess Bhagavathy is approximately six feet height and made of wood, carved from the jackfruit tree. The idol of the deity has eight hands that carry weapons as well as symbols.

Towards the left of the Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple, there exists a sacred tank or Pushkarini where devotees take their bath before they enter the main shrine. It is believed that this sacred tank was created by the goddess by striking the ground with her sword. Devotees offer auspicious turmeric powder that provides credibility for the influence of the Goddess and also the legend.

The daily Poojas and rituals are performed under direct directions from Goddess Sri Bhagavathy. Five 'Sri Chakras' established by Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankaracharya are assumed that they are the primary source of the powers to this deity. The priests of the temple are Namboodiris as well as Adikas (Madhu Brahmins) who own the rights to do 'Pushpanjalis' for the Goddess Bhagavathi.

Festivals at Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple

Bharani Festival

The Bharani festival celebrated at the temple is one of the grandest in Kerala. The festival usually celebrated between the months of March and April. It is a month of festivities from the Bharani asterism in the month of Aquarius to 7 days after the Bharani asterism in the month of Pisces. The Bharani festival usually starts with the ritual called 'Kozhikkallu Moodal' which has the sacrifice of cocks as well as shedding of their blood, which forms a main feature of Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple.

Kavu Theendal

Kavu Theendal is one more main event of the festival, directed by the King of Kodungallur where a group of Vellichapads (oracles) make a mad rush around the temple waving their sabres in the air while the members of their retinue throw objects (including cocks) over the inner quadrangle. The group makes a wild cry of abuse at the deity in rude words. They believe that their abuse is received by the goddess followed by the purification ritual on the next day. Chandanapoti Charthal is however one more event of smearing the image with sandal paste.

Thalappoli festival

The Thalappoli festival at Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is celebrated in the Malayalam month of Makaram (that is on January-February). The four day Thalappoli begins from the evening of Makara Sankranthi with holy rituals. Big procession headed by luxuriantly caparisoned elephants is taken out to the accompaniment of Pancha Vadyam, Paancari, Paandi, etc.

Distance from Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple

Ernakulam: 30 Km
Thrissur: 40 Km
Kochi: 46 Km
Alappuzha: 90 Km
Kumarakom: 92 Km
Kottayam: 100 Km
Kuttanad: 109 Km
Idukki: 129 Km
Munnar: 136 Km
Kozhikode: 162 Km
Kollam: 179 Km
Thiruvananthapuram: 242 Km
Kovalam: 248 Km
Kannur: 251 Km
Kasargod: 343 Km

How to get there:

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

Nearest Railway Station: Irinjalakuda Railway Station is located at a distance of 20 Km from the temple.

Road: Kodungallur is well connected by the road network. Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is easily accessible from the nearby towns, cities and districts of Kerala

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