Kodungallur Kurumba Bhagavathi temple :

God and Godess :

  • Lord Shiva
  • Sri Bhagavathi Amman (Badra Kali)

Location :

Kodungallur Kurumba Bhagavathi Temple
Sree Kodungallur Bhagavathy Devaswom, Kodangallur,
Thrissur district-680664
Kerala.

Timings :

  • Morning – 04:00 to 12:00
  • Evening – 4.00PM to 8.00PM

Temple History :

Kurumba Bhagavathi temple is a famous Devi/Kali temple in India. The idol of the goddess Bhadrakali is popularly known as “Kodungallur Amma” in this temple is unique as goddess here has eight hands with various attributes. Among those eight hands of Goddess Bhadrakali. One hand is holding the head of an Asura, another a sword, an anklet, another a bell. This is the most powerful temple of Goddess Bhadrakali in Kerala. The temple legend says that the Chera King Chenguttavan listening to the story of Kannagi, built a Hindu temple at his capital to commemorate her martyrdom. This is the current Kodungallur temple. It is said that Ilango Adigal, the younger brother of Chenguttavan wrote an inscription (Sila Phalakam)at a place close to Kodungallur town. Kodungallur Bhagavathy temple (which is also known as Sree Kurumba Bhagavathy). It is said that the sixth avatar of Maha Vishnu, Lord Parasurama built this temple for the prosperity of the people. According to the old chronicles, this temple of Goddess Bhagavathi was built in the heart of the town many centuries ago to serve a special purpose.

Legend: The creation of Kerala by Lord Parasurama, he was harassed by a demon called Daruka. To kill the evil demon, Parasurama prayed to Lord Shiva for help. As advised by Lord Shiva, Parasurama constructed the shrine and installed the Shakti Devi as Bhagavathi/Bhadrakali. According to legends, it was Bhadrakali who killed the evil demon Daruka. Though the main deity is Goddess Badrakali, Lord Shiva is the Kshetra Palaka of this temple which is why it is one amongst the 108 important Shiva temples in India. Kodungallur Bhagavathi is the center of the 64 Badrakali temples. Most of the other Kali temples in Kerala state have its power originally taken from Kodungallur Kavu Temple. The Bharani festival at the Kodungallur Bhagawati temple is one of the famous and grandest festivals in Kerala. IThis festival normally celebrates between the months of March and April. The festival usually starts with the ritual called ‘Kozhikkallu Moodal’ which involves the Bali of cocks and shedding of their blood, which is an important feature of this temple. The members of the Kodungallur Bhagavathy temple are allowed to participate in this ritual. It is to appease the goddess Kali and her demons, who take delight in blood offerings.

The main idol of Goddess Bhagavathy in garbhalaya is made of wood of the Jackfruit tree. The deity in Garbahalaya faces towards the north. Inside the sanctum, there is a secret chamber which always remains closed. Thre is a Srichakra installed in this temple which is installed by Jagadguru Sri Aadi Sankaracharya. The Srichakra was installed close to the Garbhalaya (sanctum of Lord Shiva facing east). In the outer compound of the temple are the sub deities “Kshetrabalan” and “Vasoorimala”. Kshetrapalan is about 12 feet tall and faces west. It is believed that this deity has the role as the administrator of Bhagavathi. Vasoorimala is consecrated in the South-west corner of the compound, facing north. There is no roof for this deity. Makara Sankaranti coinciding with Pongal in Tamilnadu is one of the important festivals at Kodungallur. As in Tamilnadu, the day prior to Pongal is celebrated with the burning of unwanted belongings in a bonfire.

Festivals :

  • Bharani Festival
  • Pongal 

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Valiya Guruthy
  • Archana
  • Guruthy Pushpanjali
  • Rektha Pushpanjali
  • Lalitha Sahasranamam
  • Sathru samhara pushpanjali
  • Mahishasura mardini pushpanjali
  • Kattippayasam
  • Neipayasam.
  • Thanneeramrutham
  • Appam nivedyam

Nearest Temples Around Kodungallur Kurumba Bhagavathi temple :

  • Arattupuzha Sri sastha temple – Thrissur district 26.00 km
  • Alathiyur Sri Anjaneya temple – Malappuram district 86.00 km
  • Angadipuram Thirumandhamkunnu bhagavathi temple – Malappuram district – 113.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Ernakulam – 38 km
  • Thrissur – 36 km
  • Chalakudy – 23 km
  • Irinjalakuda – 18 km
  • Paravur – 12 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Irinjalakuda – 23 km
  • Chalakudy – 23 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Trivendrum – 238 km
  • Cochin – 30 km
  • Calicut – 127 km
  • Kannur – 235 km
  • Coimbatore – 165 km
  • Tiruchirapalli – 370 km
  • Mangaluru – 387 km

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