CHOTTANIKKARA TEMPLE

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Location: Near Ernakulam, Kerala
Attractions: Goddess Bhagvathi
Significance: The Mental Illness of People are said to be cured by worshipping the deity here
Temple Timings: 5:30am to 12:00pm and 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Chottanikkara Temple, Ernakulam, KeralaChottanikkara temple, located near Ernakulam enshrines Bhagawati - the mother Goddess, one of the most popular deities in Kerala.

Enroute is the Poornatrayesa temple at Tripunittura. The Devi is worshipped along with Lord Vishnu. Together, they are known as Lakshminarayana.

People who have mental illness seek refuge in the divine mother, who graciously cures all her devotees. Goddess Rajarajeswari is the presiding deity.

This deity is worshipped in three different forms - as Saraswati in the morning - draped in white, as Bhadrakali at noon draped in crimson, and as Durga in the evening decked in blue.
The image in the shrine is not fixed to the ground and is mounted on loose sand. Water offered during ablution ceremonies percolates underground.

Legend
It is locally believed that the deity appeared in front of Vilvamangalam Swamigal, a saint associated with this shrine and with Guruvayoor.

Vilvamangalam Swamy is said to have discovered Bhadrakali enshrined in Keezhkaavu.

The annual festival here is celebrated in the month of Kumbha (February - March). 'Maasi Magam', coinciding with the full moon, during this festival attracts vast crowds.

Timings
The temple is kept open from 5:30 in the morning and stays so till 12:00 in the noon.The temple usually remains closed during the noon hours, and reopens in the evening at 4:00 p.m.

The temple closes in the night after the last pujas are performed by 8:00



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