Chottanikkara Temple, where Chottanikkara Bhagavathi is worshipped, is one of the most eminent temples of Kerala. Goddess Bhagavathi is believed to quench the spiritual thirst and give solace to the hundreds of worshippers who visit this temple daily. Apart from the religious sentiments, the temple stands as an eternal testimony to the architectural glory of an erstwhile era.
Three different forms of Bhagavathi are worshipped here in the temple. In the morning Bhagavathi is worshipped as Saraswati, at noon as Lakshmi and in the evening as Goddess Durga (draped in white, crimson and blue, respectively).
Of all the festivals observed in the temple, Chottanikara Makam Thozhal (in the month of March) is the most attended one. The deity of Chottanikkara Temple is believed to have powers to heal those who suffer from mental illness and disorders. The golden-hued and huge idol of Bhagavathy ornamented with flowers, garlands and jewels is a sight of absolute splendour.
The temple premises house various shrines dedicated to different deities such as Brahma, Shiva, Subrahmanya, Ganesh and Sastha. The months of October and November, the time of Navaratri celebrations, is an ideal time to visit this temple.
Thripunithura Hill Palace, built in 1865 by the Maharaja of Kochi, is Kerala’s largest archaeological museum. Located in Thripunithura and spreading across 54 acres, the palace is a cluster of 49 buildings built in traditional architectural style. The main attraction in the palace premises includes an archaeological museum, a heritage museum, a deer park, a pre-historic park and a children’s park.
Currently, the palace is under the administration of the Kerala State Archaeology Department and entry is permitted to the public on all days except on Mondays. The museum has an astounding display of artifacts including the crown and ornaments of the Kochi Royal Family, paintings, sculptures in stone and marble, weapons, inscriptions, coins, precious stones, majestic beds and samples of epigraphy. Thripunithura Hill Palace is located at a distance of about 12 km from the city of Kochi and is easily accessible by road.
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Kaduthuruthy Shiva Temple, known widely as Thali Temple, is one of the three well-known Shiva temples in Kerala. It is a prime tourist attraction as the temple is located at the backdrop of the picturesque Vembanad Lake and on the top of a small hill. Myth goes that the idol of Lord Shiva in the temple sanctum was installed by Khararasura (Khara demon).
According to mythology this is one of the three idols worshipped by the demon, while the other two are enshrined in the temples of Ettumanoor and Vaikom. The story of Lord Shiva is depicted in many marvellous wooden carvings in the sanctum.
The carved depiction of the mythological story ‘Karthaveerarjuneeyam' attests to the splendour of the medieval Kerala architecture. A visit to the nearby lake will serve as a delight to travellers. The temple complex contains small shrines in which idols of Ganapathy, Durga and Sastha are installed.
Poornathrayesa Temple, located in Thripunithura, is one of the chief religious spots close to Chottanikkara. This temple is dedicated to Poornathrayesa, a miraculous manifestation of Lord Vishnu. The present temple is a renovated one built after a major fire outbreak happened during the early 1900s.
The temple has a history that dates back to over 1000 years. According to history, Poornathrayesa was the prime deity of the Royal Perumpadappu Swaroopam Family who once ruled Kochi. Some believe that childless couples can get their desires fulfilled if they pray at this temple.
The festivals of this temple are colourful and pull a large crowd of devotees every year. The chief festival of the temple is observed during the months of November-December and is known as Vrishchikoltsawam. For those who want to get a glimpse of the splendid festivities, this is the ideal time to pay a visit.