Chottanikkara Bhagavathi temple :

God and Godess :

  • Sri Raja Rajeswari devi
  • Bhadrakali
  • lord Brahma
  • lord Shiva
  • lord Ganapathy
  • lord Muruga
  • lord Ayyappa

Location :

Sri Bhagavathi / Chottanikkara Devi temple,
Chottanikkara,
Ernakulam district-682312
Kerala

Timings :

  • Morning – 4AM to 12.10PM
  • Evening – 4PM to 9PM

Temple History :

Chottanikkara Bhagavathy temple located at Chottanikkara, Kerala state, India. Sri Chottanikkara Bhagavathi temple is the most famous temple in Kerala. This is the most important Temple among the 393 shrines spread over 3 Districts of Kerala and coming under the administration of Cochin Devaswom Board. Two main deities are presiding here which can be seen in Melekkavu and Keezkkavu. Rajarajeswari ( a pleasant form of the mother) is presiding in Melkkavu. Keezhkkavu Bhagavathy is Badrakali in Ugra Roopa( ferocious form ). The Divine Mother known as Rajarajeswari (Adiparasakthi) is worshipped here in three forms Saraswathy in the morning, Lakshmi at noon and Durga in the evening. There is an Idol of Mahavishnu on the same pedestal and so the Deity is called Ammenarayana, Devinarayana, Lakshminarayana, and Bhadrenarayana. Along with Lakshmi & Narayana, there are idols of Brahma, Siva, Maha Ganapathi (Ganesh), Subramanya Swamy and Sastha on the same temple in separate shrines. A Large number of devotees comes to Keezhkkavu Bhagavathy to get rid of evil spirit. There are several true examples and history that goddess here protects her devotees from all evil spirit and prayogas. Guruthy pooja is special here. It is said that devotees should first visit Keezhkkavu and then visit Melakkavu. Lots of devotees arrive here for Bhajan (41 days Prayer). During the month of January, The Ayyappa Swamy’s who are going to make darshan of Sri Ayyappa Swamy at Sabarimala would make darshan of Sri Bhagavathi Ammavaru here.

History: The Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple is believed to be built about 1500 years ago. Legend has that the temple was built in the midst of a dense jungle by a forest-dweller called Kannappan. Kannappan was a doting father who loved his young daughter. He sacrificed a beast to the Goddess Bhagavathy each day and one occasion could not find any animals to slaughter. He asked his daughter for her pet calf but the daughter preferred to give up her own life for the goddess. The calf spoke to Kannappan and revealed that it was the Goddess in animal form. A transformed Kannappan started to worship her at the place where the sacrifices were made by her.

The shrine fell into disuse and was eventually discovered by a grass cutter. Mookambika, the patron goddess of a temple in Kollur (Udupi District, Karnataka) is also believed to be present in the temple when it opens for its morning prayers. The red laterite idol of the Goddess Bhagavathy is believed to be ‘Svayambhu’ or self-revealed. The main idol of Goddess Bhagavathi is irregular in shape but the priests are highly adept at decorating it with brilliant jewels and colored sarees. Many leaders of the Hindu faith such as Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya have worshiped the Goddess here. Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, is said to have promised Jagadguru Adi Shankara to be present here each morning and bless the devotees.

Festivals :

  • Onam – end August
  • Navarathri – October
  • Vishu – mid-April
  • Makom Thozal – February-March
  • Vrishchicka Mandala mahotsavam  — Vrishchika 
  • Kumbham
  • Medam 
  • Thrikkarthika festival

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • 01 Pushpanjaly – 260.00
  • 02 Guruthy – 325.00
  • 03 Sathru Samhara Pushpanjali – Rs 650.00
  • 04 Guruthy Pushpanjali – Rs 325.00
  • 05 Lalitha Sahasra Namarchana- Rs 455.00
  • 06 Swayamvara Pushpanjali – Rs 520.00
  • 07 Saraswatha Pushpanjali – Rs 520.00
  • 08 Mruthyunjaya Pushpanjali – Rs 520.00
  • 09 Aikyamathyam Pushpanjali – Rs 481.00
  • 10 Ashtothara Pushpanjali – Rs 390.00
  • 11 Bhagyasooktham Pushpanjali – Rs 390.00
  • 12 Moolamanthra Pushpanjali – Rs 390.00
  • 5:00 am – Dhaara for Lord Siva
  • 5:30 am – Ethirthu pooja
  • 6:00 am – Seeveli
  • 7:30 am – Guruthi at Keezhkkavu
  • 7:45 am – Pantheeradi Pooja
  • 12:00 Noon – Uchcha Pooja
  • 12:10 pm – Uchcha Seeveli
  • 6:30 pm – Deeparadhana
  • 7:30 pm – Athazha Pooja
  • 8:00 pm – Seeveli

Nearest Temples Around Chottanikkara Bhagavathi temple :

  • Haripad Sri Subramanya Temple Alappuzha district
  • Vaikom Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 24.00 km
  • Aluva Thiruviranikkulam mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 30.00 km
  • Iravimangalam Sri Suryadeva Temple – Kottayam district – 31.00 km
  • Anicadu Thiruvumplavi Mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 32.00 km
  • Cherthala Sri Katyayani Devi Temple – Alappuzha district – 41.00 km
  • Ettumanur Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 42.00 km
  • Varanad Devi Jagadambika temple – Alappuzha district 44.00 km
  • Chirakkadavu Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 72.00 km
  • Arattupuzha Sri sastha temple – Thrissur district – 74.00 km
  • Guruvayur Sree Guruvayoorappan temple – Thrissur district – 97.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Puthenkurishi – 8.00 km
  • Vaikom – 23.00 km
  • Perumbavoor – 29.00 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Kureekkad – 2.00 km
  • Thrippunithura – 7.00 km
  • Ernakulam – 16.00 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Cochin International Airport,Cochin. – 37.00 km
  • Trivandrum International Airport, Thiruvananthapuram. – 208.00 km
  • Madurai Airport,Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. – 265.00 km
  • Kannur International Airport, Kannur. – 282.00 km
  • Tiruchirapally International Airport, Trichy – 357.00 km

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