The more I look at the Hindu temples of Kerala, the way they are built, designed, maintained, etc, the more interest I take in them. Their simplicity in terms of architecture and style is the hall mark that draws my interest in them. They are altogether different from other south Indian temples, most of which follow the Dravidian style of architecture.
Malayalapuzha Bhagawathi temple located just outside the Pathanamthitta town, Kerala is a popular one, attracting devotees from many places. It is about 33 km from the town of Chengannur. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali who may appear in her fierce form, but in reality, she is graceful and kind and blesses devotees with whatever they need provided they have trust in her. She also goes by the name of Malayalapuzha Amma.
Flower is commonly used for worship is here as the deity is made of thickened jaggery (country sugar). No abishekam (anointing) that sort. Near the Srikovil there is an idol of Veerabadhra and Parvathi, consort of lord Shiva with baby Ganapathi.
To have their wishes fulfilled, the devotees make various offerings to the goddess like different kinds of payasam, depeding on their wishes - ranging from finding the stolen stuff to success in business, health care and family welfare and a host of other wishes.
A unique custom here is when the procession is carrying the deity, it turns left, a rare tradition among Hindu temples; hence the deity is called Idathattil Bhagwathi (Bhagawathi of the left).