|Mullakkal Bhagwati Temple (Rajarajeswari) ..www.alleppey.info|
4-feet tall Rajarajeswari idol was installed in its place in July, 1962.
|Mullakkal Raja Rajeswari Temple, Alleppey.www.letsseeindia.com|
Another legend has it that King Devanarayana of Chembagasery, before the Kodungallore Bhagawathy temple, expressed his desire to have her temple in his place. The goddess appeared in his dream and told him that she would follow him. While returning to his place, he kept his umbrella in the Jasmine garden. Before resuming his journey, he was unable to take his umbrella back. Realizing a miracle had happened, he consulted the Brahmin Astrologers. They told the king that it was Goddess' wish to have a temple built in the place where his umbrella got stuck for good. Later Bagavathy Amman temple was consecrated in the Jasmine garden under his direction.
Payasam, Vada, Appam are normally offered to the Goddess as 'Naivedyam'(divine food)
Mullakkal Chirappu is a famous festival and is celebrated for 41 day duration in Vruschiga month (October-November). Chirappu festival refers to the last 11 days and the last two days of this Festival are regarded as the most special and sacred one. Thousands of devotees come to witness this auspicious festival and the colorful elephant procession. ‘Annadanam’- free food is a part of this colorful festival and 3000-4000 devotees are fed on this occasion. The first Sunday of December witnesses women's festival marked by rituals and worships done by women only. Devout women coming from different areas light the oil lamps on the temple premises and offer prayers.
Another festival that is celebrated with grandeur and religious fervor is Navaratri (nine nights) dedicated to various goddesses. Bommai Kalu Festival” is another interesting festival participated by elderly Hindu women. They set ‘Bommas’ (dolls) on ‘Oottupura’ and offer prayers by way of reading holy scripture of Hindus such as Bhagavatham. Thaipooyakavadi” is an important festival that comes once in a year. Traditional dances and kavadi aattam are part of this festival.
There are also small shrines dedicated to Hanuman, Subramanya and Nagas (serpents) in the temple. An idols of Lord Krishna and Lord Ayyappa have also been consecrated.
The temple can be reached by rail, road and, of course, by boat as this place is famous for back waters.
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