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Sree Chakkulathukavu Devi Temple, dating back to about
3000 years, is located at 'Neerattupuram' on the border of Patthanamthitta and Alappuzha Districts of Kerala. It is about 95 km from the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. The presiding deity here is Goddess Durga Devi (Goddess Kali) and the temple stands in a serene place with rivers Pampa and Mala flowing on either sides. The devotees will not only be benefited by the bliss of Goddess Durga but also by the peace and tranquility the surrounding areas offer in plenty. It was in 1981 the temple was renovated.
In the last few decades, this temple has become quite well-known and is being visited by lots of people. Here the Devi - goddess is in swayambhu - self- manifested in the shape of Lingam. The 'Pongala Festival' of Chakkulathukavu Temple is as popular as that of 'Attukal Pongala' of Attukal temple in Thiruvanathapuram with which it has similarities. Since the goddess is considered the mother of the universe, she is reverentially called 'Chakkulathamma'. Large number of devotees bring their children to this temple for her blessings so that they will prosper in their lives as they grow older. The belief has been that the goddess is fond of children and she blesses them for their prosperity in all realms.
The other deities at Chakkulathukavu Bhagavathi Temple are Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Lord Vinayaka, Sastha, Murukan (Subramanyar), Serpent Gods, Navagrahas etc.
'Thrikkarthika Festival' (the birthday of the goddess) in the Malayalam month of 'Vrichikam' is well celebrated on a grand scale in this temple. It is a 'Festival of Lights' celebrated by the Hindus by decorating their houses and premises with small oil lamps. On this important day, the major attractions are 'Laksha Deepam' - 100,000 oil lamps are light on the temple premises and 'Karthika Pillar. The former is symbolic of spread of wisdom, prosperity and goodwill and the latter refers to an event in which Aricanut tree, decorated with plantain, straw, dry leaves, etc., is set on fire, symbolizing eradication of evil thoughts, negative elements from our mind
|Pongala Festival' at Chakkulathukavu Devi temple-delightfulartsandculture.blogspot.com|
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|Kathikai pillar Chakkulathukavu Devi temple, kerala, |
This temple can be reached from Thiruvalla and Chengannur, nearby major Railway Stations. Frequent bus services are available from Chengannur and Thiruvalla to Neerattupuram and Chakkulathukavu.