Varanad Devi Jagadambika temple :

God and Godess :

  • Lord Shiva
  • Raktheswari Devi
  • Kodumkali
  • Ganesha
  • Nagarajavu

Location :

Varanad Devi Jagadambika temple
Varanadu (Area), Near Cherthala Taluk,
Alappuzha district-688543
Kerala.

Timings :

  • Morning – 4.30AM to 12PM
  • Evening – 5PM to 8PM

Temple History :

The Varanad Sri Jagadambika Devi temple is a very ancient temple situated on the North Eastern side of CAlappuzhan Alappuzha district of Kerala state. Goddess Shakthi is the presiding deity of this temple as Sri Jagadambika Devi. The temple of Sri Jagadambika Devi at Varanad is a great Kerala temple architecture. This is the most ancient temple constructed centuries ago. Along with Goddess Jagadambika Devi, there is a shrine for ‘Kodumkali’. Every day during the mid noon pooja “Guruti Abhishekam” is conducted and this is the main offering. Another important offering is the “Kodumkali Guruti” which is conducted at night. Also, Lord Shiva is considered to be an important deity of this temple. Lord Shiva is respected and adored as a father at this temple. In this temple, daily offerings and Archanas are conducted separately. ‘Pradosha pooja’ and ‘Shivarathri pooja’ are the most important poojas of this Shiva temple. Rakteswari Devi is situated outside the temple wall, as the main Sub deity. People believe that certain ailments related to women, small pox etc can be cured if we pray to the Devi with faith. To cure such diseases, there are special poojas conducted here, on the last Friday of every Malayalam month.

The legend has it that Varanad Bhagavathy is the deity that was worshiped by a respected, aged Thampuran belonging to the Vayalar Putiyaykkal Kovilakam. One day the Thampuran started on a journey to a relative’s house in Mannancherry. While traveling on a boat (Villu vallam) on the Vembanad lake, Thampuran had with him a Panchaloha idol of the Goddess, which contained the power of the goddess. No sooner had the boat sailed into the Vembanad lake than dark clouds heralding rain started to roll on the sky. Even though it was the month of Kumbha, seeing the signs of rain, certain doubts arose in Thampuran’s mind.Suddenly a fierce storm started raging with thunder and storm.The lake became furious. Huge waves started juggling with that small boat. Sensing that there would be a terrible calamity if the boat was not immediately taken to the shore, Thampuran soon directed the boat towards a nearby forest area. It was a place overgrown with shrubs and trees. He saw a big tree at some distance. Once he pulled the boat onto the sand shore, Thampuran took his bundle and the idol of Devi and ran for shelter. When he reached there, he felt extremely happy. Seeing a hollow bark of a huge sprawling tree, Thampuran climbed into it quickly. After a long time, the storm subsided. Thampuran emerged from the hollow of the tree, seeing that dawn was breaking.

After his bath and other duties, he took the bundle and the idol of the goddess from the hollow. He made a small peetam (seat) with the sand and fixed the idol on it. After that, he poured ghee into the Kodivilakku (lamp) and lit the lamp with fire from the Urakallu. He brought water in a folded leaf and conducted abhisheka. With the Erikku flowers plucked from the surroundings, he offered Archana to the goddess. Deciding to continue his journey in the morning, he washed his hands and tried to take the idol from the sand and found that he could not lift the idol. However hard he tried, he could not. Hearing the news, the landlord Vathiyattu Panicker and the people nearby came to the place. Thampuran who understood that Devi was not interested in going to any other place, did not find anything amiss with the incident. He agreed entirely with the desire of the goddess. Since he had collected the sand with his hands and made a sand peetam for the goddess, the place came to be known as Variyanadu. Later on, his became Varanadu. This is the legend associated with this place. Soon after this incident, the Kizhakkedathu family who were staying nearby and the landlord Vathiyattu Karanavar together constructed the temple and installed the Devi idol.

The Vathiyattu family donated 24 acres of land for the running of the temple. Till date, the first Nivedya(offering) at this temple is that of Vathiyattu Tharavad. There were hundreds of devotees who bought property in the name of Devi and were proud to remain as the servants of Devi, paying a nominal land tax to the Devaswom. Many properties belonging to the Devaswom are said to have originated in this manner. Many devotees bought clothes and ornaments and offered them to the goddess.The copper kodimaram in the temple was made and offered to the goddess by the people of Vayalar around 100 years back. In recent times, the Devaswom installed a Swarna Dhwaja. The Nair community members belonging to the Kizhakkubhagam Pathuveettil Karayogam collected money for Nityashribali and gave it to the temple authorities. The Muriyanadu family arranged to lay the copper ceiling of the temple.

Festivals :

  • Kodiyettu festival
  • Bharani (on Makara Bharani day)
  • Bharani Dershanam
  • Navarathri
  • MandalaMasacharanam
  • KalamezhuthumPattum
  • Ganesh Chaturthi

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Palliyunarthal      –                                       4.30 AM
  • Nadathurappu,Nirmalya darsanam   –         5.00AM
  • Usha pooja     –                                             6.00AM
  • Sreebali         –                                              6.30AM
  • Pantheeradi         –                                        8.30AM
  • Uchapooja,Ucha Sreebali    –                        11.30AM
  • Nada Adackal                 –                             12.00PM
  • Evening Nada thurappu      –                         05.00PM
  • Deeparadhana                –                              6.30Pm
  • Athazhapooja Sreebali      –                           07.30PM
  • Nada Adackal               –                                8.00PM

Nearest Temples Around Varanad Devi Jagadambika temple :

  • Kanichukulangara Bhagavathi temple – Alappuzha district – 12.00 km
  • Thuravur Sri Narasimha and Sudarshana Temple – Alappuzha district – 14.00 km
  • Vaikom Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 19.00 km
  • Iravimangalam Sri Suryadeva Temple – Kottayam district – 24.00 km
  • Mullakkal Rajarajeswari Temple – Alappuzha district – 26.00 km
  • Ettumanur Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 29.00 km
  • Punnapra Aravukad Sreedevi temple – Alappuzha district – 32.00 km
  • Palluruthy Sri Dhanwanthari Temple – Ernakulam district – 34.00 km
  • Udayamperoor Ameda Temple – Ernakulam district – 38.00 km
  • Mamala Bhagavathi Temple – Ernakulam district – 42.00 km
  • Chottanikkara Sri Bhagavathi Temple – Ernakulam district – 44.00 km
  • Edappally Mahaganapathi temple – Ernakulam district – 45.00 km
  • Haripad Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple – Alappuzha district – 56.00 km
  • Haripad Sri Subramanya Temple – Alappuzha district – 57.00 km
  • Thrikkunnapuzha Kurichikkal Mahadevi temple – Alappuzha district – 58.00 km
  • Paravoor Dakshina Mookambika Temple – Ernakulam district – 60.00 km
  • Chirakkadavu Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 63.00 km
  • Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple – Alappuzha district – 64.00 km
  • Aluva Thiruviranikkulam mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 65.00 km
  • Anicadu Thiruvumplavi Mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 67.00 km
  • Chengannur Mahadeva temple – Alappuzha district – 69.00 km
  • Chettikulangara Sri Bhagavathi Temple – Alappuzha district – 69.00 km
  • Cherthala Sri Katyayani Devi Temple – Alappuzha district – 69.00 km
  • Kaladi Srikrishna Temple – Ernakulam district – 72.00 km
  • Chelamattom Sri Krishna Temple – Ernakulam district – 72.00 km
  • Thottuva Dhanvanthari Moorthi temple – Ernakulam district – 74.00 km
  • Manjapra Karppillikavu mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 75.00 km
  • Krishnapuram Kurakkavu Bhagavathi temple – Alappuzha district – 75.00 km
  • Ochira Oachira ParaBrahma Temple – Kollam district – 75.00 km
  • Erumeli Sri Dharmasastha and Petta Sasthavu Temples – Kottayam district – 77.00 km
  • Methala Kallil Bhagavathi Temple – Ernakulam district – 77.00 km
  • Nooranad Padanilam Parabrahma Temple – Alappuzha district – 85.00 km
  • Sasthamcotta Sri DharmasasthaTemple – Kollam district – 96.00 km
  • Kollam Ammachiveedu Moorthy Temple – Kollam district – 106.00 km
  • Kottarakkara Mahaganapathi Temple – Kollam district – 116.00 km
  • Achankovil Sri Dharmasastha temple – Kollam district – 140.00 km
  • Tripramgode Garudankavu Temple – Malappuram district – 158.00 km
  • Thirunavaya Nava Mukunda Temple – Malappuram district – 165.00 km
  • Kadampuzha Sri Bhagavathi temple – Malappuram district – 172.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Cherthala – 3 km
  • Vaikom – 20 km
  • Alappuzha – 26 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Cherthala – 6 km
  • Tiruvizha – 10 km
  • Alappuzha – 26 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Trivandram – 173 km
  • Cochin – 65 km
  • Calicut/Kozhikode – 197 km
  • Kannur – 305 km
  • Madurai – 282 km
  • Trichy – 374 km

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