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Prathishta: Raja Rajeswari

Dist: Ernakulam




‘Makom Thozhal’ (worship on the Makom day) is the main festival of the temple, celebrated in the month of Kumbham (February - March). Navratri celebrations attract thousands of devotees from all over Kerala.

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Chottanikkara Bhagavathy temple is the most famous temple in kerala. Two main deities are presiding here which can be seen in Melekkavu and Keezkkavu. Rajarajeswari is presiding in Melkkavu. Keezhkkavu bhagavathy is badrakali in ugra form.

Other sub deities are Brahma, Shiva, Ganapathy, Muruga and Ayyappa.

Raja Rajeshwari is worshipped as Saraswathi in the morning, as Lakshmi in the afternoon and as Durga in the evening. Accordingly three different poojas are done during these three times for these three deities. The speciality is idol of the goddess is not fixed to the ground but mounted on sand. Deity is also known as Lakshmi Narayana because Lord Vishnu is seated on the same pedestal.

Large number of devotees comes to Keezhkkavu bhagavathy to get rid of evil spirit.
There are several true examples and history that goddess here protects her devotees from all evil spirit and prayogas. Guruthy pooja is special here. It is said that devotees should first visit keezhkkavu and then visit Melakkavu. Lots of devotees comes for Bhajan (41 days Prayer). This temple will be packed with Samis during Sabarimala season, where almost all ayyappa swamis visits this temple.




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Route: Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple is located on the outskirts of Kochi and local buses ply to this place frequently. Ernakulam Junction Railway Station (18km) and Ernakulam Town Railway Station (20 km) are the nearest railheads. The temple is about 38 km from Cochin International Airport.