Chottanikkara temple, located near Ernakulam enshrines Bhagawati - the
mother Goddess, one of the most popular deities in Kerala.
is the Poornatrayesa temple at Tripunittura. The Devi is worshipped
along with Lord Vishnu. Together, they are known as Lakshminarayana.
People who have mental illness seek refuge in the divine mother, who
graciously cures all her devotees. Goddess Rajarajeswari is the
This deity is worshipped in three different forms - as Saraswati in the
morning - draped in white, as Bhadrakali at noon draped in crimson, and
as Durga in the evening decked in blue.
The Mental Illness of People
are said to be cured by worshipping the deity here
It is locally believed that
the deity appeared in front of Vilvamangalam Swamigal, a saint
associated with this shrine and with Guruvayoor.
Vilvamangalam Swamy is said to have discovered Bhadrakali enshrined in
The annual festival here is celebrated in the month of Kumbha (February
- March). 'Maasi Magam', coinciding with the full moon, during this
festival attracts vast crowds.
The temple is kept open from 5:30
in the morning and stays so till 12:00 in the noon.The temple usually
remains closed during the noon hours, and reopens in the evening at 4:00
The temple closes in the night after the last pujas are performed by
Near Ernakulam, Kerala
The image in the shrine is
not fixed to the ground and is mounted on loose sand. Water offered
during ablution ceremonies percolates underground
Prime Attractions of Cochin (Kochi)
A Scenic island near the city of Ernakulam, Bolghatty
is famous for the Bolghatty Palace built by the Dutch in 1744 AD.
Originally built by the Portuguese in the mid-16th
century, the Dutch Palace or Mattancherry Palace is located at
Mattancherry. It was presented to the Kochi Maharaja in 1555 AD and
later taken over by the Dutch who carried out repairs and extended it
A leisurely walk through the lanes of the city is
the best way to discover historic Fort Kochi. An obscure fishing village
that became the first European township in India, Kochi has an eventful
and colourful history. more..
The oldest synagogue in India, it was built in 1586
AD by the prosperous Jewish community whose links with Kerala began in
Kodungalloor in northern Kerala. more..