Sri Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple, Ernakulam
Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple is the most important Temple among 393 shrines spread over 3 Districts of Kerala. Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple is located at Chottanikkara, near Ernakulam.
The temple is situated 8 km away from Tripunithura. The presiding deity is Rajarajeshwari (Bhagavathi) in three forms - as Saraswathi in the morning (draped in white), Bhadrakali in the afternoon (draped in crimson Red) and as Durga in the evening (draped in Blue).
The idol is irregularly shaped and is covered with a golden kavacam. The Idol is not fixed to the ground, but mounted on loose sand.
Adjacent to this image in the sanctum is an image of Vishnu in granite. Vishnu and Bhagawati together are referred to as Lakshminarayana. So the prayers here address the deity as Amme Narayana, Devi Narayana and Lakshmi Narayana.
"MAKOM Thozhal" is the most important festival of the temple which is celebrated in the month of Kumbham (Feb / March). In the keezhkaavu shrine is a paala tree with hundreds of nails driven into its trunk, as a mark of devotees having been exorcised here.
Worship here is believed to rid devotees of evil influences, psychological ailments, evil spirits etc.
The Excecutive Officer,
Ernakulam Dist., Kerala.
Pin - 682 312
Phone: 0484 - 2711032 , 2713300
Mobile : 0484 - 3353919
Last Updated : May 10th, 2009
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