|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.
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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.