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Goddess Rajarajeswari (ADIPARASAKTHI)

Temple History

Chottanikkara Bhagavathy temple is the most important temple is located in Chottanikkara town, 17kms away from Ernakulam.

Chottanikkara Bhagavathy temple is the most important temple among the 393 shrines spread over 3 Districts of Kerala and coming under the administration of Cochin Devaswom Board. The Divine Mother known as Rajarajeswari (Adiparasakthi) is worshipped here in three forms Saraswathy in the morning, Lakshmi at noon and Durga in the evening. There is an Idol of Mahavishnu on the same pedestal and so the Deity is called Ammenarayana, Devinarayana, Lakshminarayana and Bhadrenarayana also. Along with Lakshmi & Narayana there are idols of Brahma, Siva, Ganapathi (Ganesh), Subramanya and Sastha on the same pedestal as of Goddess Rajarajeswari. The original idol of Bhagavathy, three or four feet high which faces east, is of laterite and is believed to be self-born (swayambhoo). This image called 'Rudraksha Sila' is irregular in shape, red in colour and is untouched by the human sculptor. This image can be seen only in the wee hours of morning at 4 am when the Nada opens for nirmalyam.

The 'Devi' in the temple is known for the healing powers, particularly relating to mental illness and disorders. The temple situated in a hilly region, is surrounded on all sides by green farms. The entry is through the west and the spiritual atmosphere in the temple gives mental peace and harmony to devotees.

Legends say that the presence of Divinity here was worshipped by BHOGACHARYA. The deity which is swayambhoo in latrite called Rudraksha Sila was worshipped by divine souls like Adisankaracharya, Vilwamangalam Swamiyar, Kakkasseri Bhattathiri and Chemmangattu Bhattathiri. It is the cynosure of thousands of devotees swarming from all over the world on all auspicious and festive occasions. The golden hued Idol of Goddess Bhagavathy 4 to 5 ft. height bedecked with flowers, garlands, jewels and bathed in myriad of light shine splendidly. The idol has four arms. The upper right holds the disc, the upper left bears the conch, the lower right hand is held in a boon-conferring pose and the lower left indicates the abhaya (fearlessness) pose.

The sacred doors of the sanctum open in the wee hours of the day, at 4.00 a.m. The blowing of the conch and playing of the temple musical instruments lend an enchanting ritualistic rhythm and peace to those who seek a sure answer to the patient prayers. Sree Mookambika Saraswathy is also believed as present in the temple in the morning. That is why Mookambika Temple at kollur opens only after the Goddess Saraswathy returns to there late in the morning.

Apart from the main deity, the temple complex consists of Kizhukkavu Bhagavathy temple, temples for Sastha, Siva, Ganapathi, Nagas and other Upa Devas.

MAKOM Thozhal, Chingam, Vrishchikam, Kumbam, Medam, Karkitakam and Navarathri aghosham are the famous festivals held at Chottanikkara temple which are participated by the large number of devotees during.

 

Additional Information

Chottanikkara Devaswom temple board is maintaining rooms (ac/non ac) for the devotees accommodation. Best hotels and lodges are also available in Ernakulam city.

Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple (7.9 km) is another famous temple to visit near to this.

Chottanikkara is near to Ernakulam city which is well connected to all the major cities of southern states by road and rail.

Ernakulam Railway Junction is 15.6 km and KSRTC Bus Station, Ernakulam is 16 km from the temple. The temple bus stop is just 600 mtrs. Private transport and autos are available from all parts of the Ernakulam city.

Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport which is 36.4 km.
  • 4:00 A.M to 12:30 PM & 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: (+91) 0484 2711032 , 2713300
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