Methala Kallil bhagavathi temple :

God and Godess :

Kallil Bhagavathi devi

Location :

Methala Kallil Bhagavathi Temple
Kallil cave temple, Methala,
Kuruppampudi Road, Koovappady Taluk,
Ernakulam district-683545
Kerala.

Timings :

  • Morning – 5.30 AM to 10.15 AM.
  • Evening – 5 PM‍ to 7.15 PM

Temple History :

The ancient Kallil cave temple is sited in Methala – a small village Asamannoor in Kunnathunadu Thaluk of Ernakulam District in Kerala. Goddess Bhagavathi is the presiding deity of this temple. This is one of the Jain temples in Kerala state. Here the goddess Bhagavathi’s shrine is in a cave beneath the massive rock that stands sans a support on the ground. This very rock holding on to its position solely owing to Bhagavathi’s grace which may perhaps be called one of the wonders of the world is the unique feature of this temple. This giant of a monolith measuring a whopping 75 feet length, 45 feet width, and 25 feet height stands tall as nothing less than enigma before the keepers of history and the very scientific community. Studies indicate that the inception of the temple might date back to 3rd century BC. This natural structure situated right in the middle of a jungle as wide as 28 acres is considered one among prime ancient Jain temples in Kerala. This, literally a stone temple which is situated on a hillock, far from the serene village called Methala. The sculptures are seen in the temple and the peculiar worship modalities throw light to the vivid cultural scheme prevalent in this land over thousands of years ago.

The 28-acre land surrounding the temple used to be an uninhabited forest. The exquisiteness of the backdrops attracts the seekers of both spiritual wellness and history. Like many other temples, this also used to be a Jain worship spot. The presence of Vardhamaana Mahavir, Paarshwanadhan, and Padmavathi Devi as deities serves as evidence to this historic piece of information. Perhaps the place where the Jain ‘Sanyaasis’ performed the ‘thapasya’(Penance) eventually became a temple in the course of time. The spectacle of the hovering massive stone that forms the roof of the shrine gives the temple its divine stature. There are many legends about how this state of the stone came into being. Once, people gathering forest resources in the then dense forest came to see a divinely beautiful lady toying with huge stones. They were curious to know who this was, but in a fraction of second that lady hid in the cave forming a cover with the stones she was playing with. The lady was none other than Kallil Bhagavathi. The stone that went up became the roof and the one fallen down became the seat of the Goddess.

Kallil cave temple – a major tourist attraction is also a protected monument under the care of archeological research department. Spiritual environment supplemented by pristine nature, the mystery associated with the stature, and the stone proclaiming historical facts…all these attract thousands to this divine spot.

Festivals :

  • Kaarthika Nakshatra day
  • Thrikkaarthika Maholsavam
  • Navaraathri Maholsavam
  • Niraputhari
  • Aayilyam Pooja (Aayilyam star in Kanni month)
  • Kalashavaarshika Maholsavam
  • Vinaayaka chathurthi

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • SvayamvaraPushpanjali
  • Bhagyasykta Pushpanjali
  • Aikamatyasuktapushpanjali
  • Srisuktam
  • Santanageapalasuktarchana
  • Sarasvatarchana
  • Kumkumarchana
  • Ayursuktarchana
  • Neyvilakk
  • Palapayasam
  • Neyipayasam
  • Katumpayasam
  • Neeranjanam
  • Mrutyunjayapushpanjali
  • Ganapathi Homam
  • Bhagavathi seva
  • Kalabhabhishekam
  • Karthika Oota
  • Astrological Pooja

Nearest Temples Around Methala Kallil bhagavathi temple :

  • Anicadu Thiruvumplavi Mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 16.00 km
  • Aluva Thiruviranikkulam mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 19.00 km
  • Iravimangalam Sri Suryadeva Temple – Kottayam district – 51.00 km
  • Ettumanur Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 54.00 km
  • Vaikom Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 57.00 km
  • Arattupuzha Sri sastha temple – Thrissur district – 61.00 km
  • Chirakkadavu Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 73.00 km
  • Cherthala Sri Katyayani Devi Temple – Alappuzha district – 74.00 km
  • Varanad Devi Jagadambika temple – Alappuzha district – 77.00 km
  • Haripad Sri Subramanya Temple – Alappuzha district – 112.00 km
  • Haripad Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple – Alappuzha district – 112.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Perumbavoor – 9 km
  • Kothamangalam – 12 km
  • Muvattupuzha – 13 km
  • Thodupuzha – 32 km
  • Aluva – 25 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Aluva – 25 km
  • Angamaly – 29 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Trivandram – 215 km
  • Cochin – 23 km
  • Calicut/Kozhikode – 172 km
  • Kannur – 282 km
  • Madurai – 236 km
  • Trichy – 328 km

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