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Published: Friday, September 30, 2016, 15:22 [IST]
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Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple is one of the famous Bhagavathy temples in Kerala, and also one among the most popular temples of the state. Located at Chottanikkara near Kochi, the temple deity Bhagavathy is believed to cure mental illness and other ailments of her devotees.

Bhagavathy is worshipped in three forms in the temple - goddess Saraswati in the morning who is draped in white, goddess Lakshmi at noon who is draped in crimson and goddess Durga in the evening who is draped in blue.

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Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple
Photo Courtesy:  Roney Maxwell

The temple is decked with Vishwakarma sthapathis (wooden sculptures) that are unique to ancient Kerala. The golden idol of Bhagavathy is always adorned with flowers, garlands and jewels. The presiding deity here is known by several names like Saraswati, Rajarajeswari, Bhadrakali, Amman and Durga.

Festivals of Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple

Makam Thozhal is one of the main festivals of the temple, which is celebrated in the Malayalam month Kumbham (February-March). Other festivals of the temple include Thiruvonam in Chingam, Vrishchika mandala mahotsavam in Vrishchika, the annual festival in Kumbham and Vishu in Medam.

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Goddess Saraswati worshipped during Navratri
Photo Courtesy: Official Website 

Navratri Aghosham is also one of the important festivals of the temple. On the 10th day of Navaratri utsavam, Vidyarambham is held in the temple, where children aged 3 to 6 are introduced to the world of knowledge. The other days of Navratri namely Durgashtami and Mahanavami are also celebrated with elephant processions, annadanam (offering food) and cultural programmes in the temple premises.

During Karkkidakam, the Ramayana Masam is observed with daily annadanam, reading of Hindu scriptures like Ramayana and Bhagavatha, devotional speeches, etc.


Vidyarambham at Chottanikkara Temple
Photo Courtesy: Official Website 

Places to See Near Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple

Some of the tourist attractions near the temple are Kerala Kathakali Centre, Kashi Art Gallery, Santa Cruz Basilica and Mattanchery Palace among the rest.

How to Reach Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple

Located in the outskirts of Kochi, you can take local buses to the place from the city. Ernakulam Junction Railway Station is the nearest railway station, which is around 18km from the temple. The nearest airport is the Kochi International Airport located around 38km from here.

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