Time Required : 1-2 hours
Entry Fee : No entry fee
Timings : 5:00 AM - 11:30 AM & 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Adding to the historical significance and cultural diversity of the little yet vibrant city of Karikkakom is the Karikkakom Sree Chamundi Devi Temple which is over 600 years old. This ancient temple is actually set in dense green environs with the tall lush palms enveloping it from all sides. The Karikkakom Devi is a Hindu temple that enshrines Goddess Chamundi. However, the distinctive peculiarity of this temple is that it worships all the three forms of Goddess Chamundi- Maha Chamundi, Rakhta Chamundi and Bala Chamundi.
What most people don't know about this temple's history is that in the olden days when the monarchy was practiced, the Kings chose this temple as the destination for bringing justice and punishing wrong doers. The accused were brought to stand in front of Rakhta Chamundidevi's sanctum, put 21 coins in the nada and asked to say the truth. It was believed that the goddess would treat those who were honest and punish those who lied, and hence, nobody would dare to lie! The Pongala Festival celebrated at this temple is a gigantic hit among locals and tourists. Millions of women gather at the temple every year for this seven-day celebration at the end of which the enormous idol of the goddess is carried around the temple in a beautiful golden chariot.
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