Timings : 4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Time Required : 1 - 2 hrs
Entry Fee : No Entry Fee
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Located around 50 kms from the town of Kottayam near Ernakulam, Chottanikkara is the most revered of the 393 Hindu shrines spread across 3 districts in the state of Kerala. Popular for its spectacular architecture, the shrine stands out to be the ultimate testimonial for the primordial vishwakarma sthapathis (wooden sculpture) in carving out this temple. Sree Mahamaya Bhagawati (Aadiparashakthi), believed to be the supreme mother Goddess in Hindu religion, also known as the Goddess of Power presides the temple. Popularly known as Chottanikkara Devi, the Goddess is worshipped in three forms at three different times of the day. In the morning, she is worshipped as Maha Saraswati (Mother of Knowledge), decked in white; in the afternoon, she is worshipped as Maha Lakshmi (Mother of Wealth), clad in crimson; and in the evening, she is worshipped as Sree Durga (Mother of Power), draped in blue.
Besides the Chottanikkara Devi, Supreme God Shiva, Ganesha and Lord Dharmasastha (Ayyappa) are also worshipped at the temple. The shrine is a popular pilgrimage spot of the Hindus and is highly revered by the devotees. It is believed that Chottanikkara Devi possesses supernatural powers and can cure any disease; for this reason, a lot of patients suffering from mental illnesses visit the holy temple. ‘Guruthi Pooja’ is an important ritual performed at the temple every evening to invoke Goddess Mahakali. The pooja is done at 'Keezhkkaavu' temple within the complex itself. 'Keezhkkaavu Devi’ is believed to be a fiercer form of Mother Kali; she was born out of the third eye of Lord Shiva to kill the demon king ‘Daruka’.
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