Wednesday, 11 March 2020

The Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala where faith in goddess matters!!

Attukal Bhagavathy Temple,Thruvanantha Puram, Kerala en.wikipedia.org

 When it comes to worshiping gods and goddesses, for the genuine devotees, faith is the most important factor and, as a matter of fact, it is the driving force behind them. That ''faith can move mountains'' is a fact in the case of  Hindu deities . Hinduism is not a religion in the strict sense and it is  a way of life. Hindus believe in Karma, right thinking and correct way of life.
Attukal Bhadrakali Amman temple Temple .attukal.org/origin

The Attukal Bhagavathy Temple at Attukal in Kerala, is a popular Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali (Kannaki).  The mythological belief has been that Bhadrakali, a form of Mahakali, created by God Shiva with this third eye  was bestowed with enormous powers. The Goddess took the avatar for the purpose of killing the Asura/ demon king Daruka who caused all kinds of sufferings to the common people, saints and others. The moral is the almighty will annihilate the evil  wherever it occurs and restores peace and prosperity for the good.  'Hence, Bhadrakali  is a symbol of prosperity and salvation, though her appearance may be fearsome; she is, by nature, humane and blissful. An aspect of   Soumya Goddess 'Attukal devi' is also  symbolic of valor and courage.
Attukal Bhagavathy Templeen.wikipedia.org


Actually she is referred to as  ''Kannaki'' the heroine of  the famous  Tamil literary work Silapathikaram by Ilanko Adikal. When because of wrong justice pronounced by the ruler of Madurai kingdom on her husband Kovalan, (regarding stolen anklet from the royal palace) who was put to death, Kannaki   went to Madurai from Poompuhar  and proved  in the king's court  (the one stolen from the palace was similar to the one given to her husband by her for contigency purpose if he wanted money) the ruler's wrong dispensation of justice -  miscarriage of justice. Later, young Kannaki, in  grief and rage, cursed  the city and  moved over to the west and roamed the jungles of Kerala and ultimately  attained salvation near Thruvananthapuram (now the capital city of Kerala).  Kannaki is worshiped as Goddess Kali both by  Keralites and Tamils, in particular women. They have deep and unmistakable faith in the goddess.  
This old  temple is popular for the annual Attukal Pongala festival, in which  roughly more than  three million women participate. This famous  festival  holds  the Guinness Book of World Records for being the single largest gathering of women for a religious activity (in 1997 and later in 2009).  The  yearly  Attukal Pongala continues to attract millions of women with each passing year. In 2016  the Attukal Temple Trust pointed out  about 4.5 million devotees  attended the event.  The place of worship  is roughly 2 km  away from Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple  (the richest temple in the world) in Thiruvananthapuram.

Devotees who have been there regularly attest to the fact that the goddess has never betrayed them  and has always taken care of  their wishes. Here at Attukal, the Goddess is  often worshiped in three forms/ roopams -  Saraswati (goddess of knowledge),  Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) and  Kali/ Durga/ Parvathy (goddess of power). This temple is  often referred to as  the  Sabarimala of women.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attukal_Temple
https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/thiruvananthapuram/2020/feb/26/attukal-pongala-begins-on-sunday-2108518.html