Prathishta / Presiding Deity : Durga
Upadevatha / Sub Deities : xx
District: Ernakulam
Thaluk: xx
Panchayath: xx
Thanthri: xx
Trustee: xx

This is one of the 108 Durga Devi Temple in Kerala. It is situated near Kalady the birth place of Jagath Guru Adi Sankara, the Great Advaitic Philosopher. The deity of this sacred shrine was the Ishta Devatha of Adi Sankara. Sivaguru and Aryamba the parents of Adi Snakara worshiped the deity for a long time

The presiding deity Devi Karthyayani of this sacred temple was worshiped by Sivaguru and Aryamba, ( parents of Jagat Guru Adi Sankara) for a longtime. They visited this temple daily with an offering of milk, a portion of which brought back home as Prasada. One day they had to send four year old Sankara to make the offering and some how the Sankara got late and couldn't offer the milk which he had with him. The innocent child couldn't bear this and started to weep. The Goddess who is the mother of all sentiments and insentient being came out of the sanctum santorium as a mass of magnificent light and drained the cup to the last drop. Not finding anything in the bowl. Sankara started to weep. Then the bowl was refilled with milk. It is after receiving this milk of knowledge that Sankara became the Jagat Guru (Universal Teacher ). In his work ‘Saundariyalahari' Sankara praised the Goddess like this.

Important Festivals

The term festival -UTHSAVA- means the over flow of the temple deity's blessings and happiness. Various poojas, Vedic chanting, Annadana, taking out the Deity in colors in procession are the high lights. Temple Festival features rituals and prayers as well as a spectacular procession of grandly decorated elephants. The festival is celebrated with religious devotion and joy. It is a spectacular event to see the row of seven elephants decorated with golden forehead ornaments and colorful parasols and bearing idol of the goddess on their back

The main attraction of the festival is the Pooram Day (14-03-2008) where Panchari Melam, Pandimelam, Thayambaka, Panjavadyam are conducted when the deity is escorted with seven decorated elephants in the procession

Main offerings

The day starts with sacred awakening the Goddess at 05.30 Hrs. The Nirmalya Darsanam of unornamented deity is at 05.35 Hrs. The same is seen there after at the Upadevatha's temple. First Jalasuddhi, then Sankhaabhisheka and Malar Nivedyam is given to Devi

Pooja Timings



Karthyayani Devi Temple,
Manickamangalam P.O,
Ernakulam District,
Kerala – 683 574.

How to reach

Temple is very near to the M.C Road. From Kalady Junction it is only 4 K.M Nearest Railway station is Angamaly , it is only 10 K.M away Temple is located 6 K.M away from the Cochin International Airport

Temple Photo Gallery

Manikyamangalam Karthiayani

Additional Information

In Sanskrit Durga means one who is difficult to approach or difficult to know. Durga is the personification of the totality of the powers of the gods. So she is very difficult to approach or to know. Being the mother of the universe she is the personification of love, knowledge, wisdom and memory. She is pleasant and beautiful at the same time she is terrible also.