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Have You Visited The Chakkulathukavu Sree Bhagavathy Temple, Where Men Are Not Allowed?

By Siji Ram

Kerala is a state known for its rich culture and heritage. The temples here are not only religiously significant, they are also masterpieces of the Kerala architecture. Each temple here carries an interesting tale to be unfolded.

Chakkulathukavu Sree Bhagavathy Temple in Alappuzha is one of the unique temples of Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga or Bhagavathy, and is as old as 3000 years. This ancient temple was not so popular until its renovation that was done a few decades ago. Till then, the temple was a family temple of a local resident, and was not known even among the residents of that area.

Also Read : Famous Temples In Alappuzha


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The Legend Behind The Temple

Chakkulathukavu Temple has a mention in the Hindu epic Devi Mahatmyam. Two demons Sumbha and Nisumbha attained miraculous powers from Lord Brahma due to their prayers and meditation. The boon was that they would die only owing to the attack of a woman. With this boon in their favour, the demons attacked and conquered many Gods, including Indra.

On seeing this sad situation, Lord Narada met his father Brahma to seek a solution. On Brahma's words, the remaining Gods went in search of the Goddess who could save them.


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Legend has it that the Goddess heard their prayers and fought the demons to destruction, thus saving the Gods and getting them their powers back. The shrine worshipped at Chakkulathukavu Temple is believed to be another form of the Goddess, thus is considered to be a pious place of worship and the deity here is also considered to be very powerful.

Sabarimala Of Women

The temple is popularly known as the "Sabarimala of women". Thousands of women take part in the grand festival that celebrates the power of the Goddess, or a woman. The festival happens in the month of Vrischikam, which falls in November-December every year.


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Naari Pooja is another major festival that is celebrated here. During this festival, men are not allowed in the temple premises. Women, as per the Vedas and other Hindu scriptures, are seen as the highest form of power. This ceremony is to celebrate womanhood and pay respects to them. The women who take part have their feet ceremoniously washed, which denotes the respect for the divinity of the Goddess that is portrayed in every woman.

How To Reach The Chakkulathukavu Temple

The temple is located at Neerattupuram, which is the border of Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta districts. The temple is just 15 minutes away from Thiruvalla. Here's how to reach Thiruvalla.

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