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Karthika in the month of Virshchikam (November - December). A major festival is held on this day which happens to be an auspicious one.
Shree Shankaracharya, during his Deshadanam, a pilgrimage to holy places at various parts of the country, came to this place . He was on the way to the Chottanikkara Temple and prior to that, he had been to Mookambika Temple for Dharsan and prayer. While passing through this place now known as Kadampuzha that was once a dense forest, he realized that he was unable to proceed further due to the presence of some kind of divinity in the vicinity. Upon intense meditation, he realized that it was his ego that blocked his journey. The great saint attained the “Sarvaknanapeedhom” realized his folly and got rid of his ego and after this revelation he approached the divinity there with all humility and humbleness. Standing there with his hands in supplication, he understood the Divine Presence of the Devi and of Lord Shiva. He felt this sanctified place should be treated with utmost reverence and devotion.
|location map, Mallapuram dist. Kadampuzha.|
The unique aspect of this temple is in the morning the Devi is worshiped Vidya Durga (Saraswati) bestowing knowledge and excellence in career to all; in the afternoon as Vanadurga (Durga) in the Twaritha Devi form blessing the devotees with health, early marriage, and domestic harmony and in the evening as Aadi Durga (Mooladurga - Lakshmi) bestowing the devotees with wealth and overall prosperity. So, the main deity Devi - self-manifested divine power takes three forms during the day. But, there are no idols of the deity.
The name Kadampuzha has its origin from; Kadan Ambu Eitha Uzha – meaning, The Place where Kiratha Shot the Arrow. Kadan is Kiratha, Ambu is Arrow, Eitha is Shot and Uzha is Place.
This temple has a link with the Mahabharata. The legend has it Arjuna of the Pandava brothers (from the epic Mahabharata) wanted to learn about Divya Astharas (weapons) - part of archery. He came to this place to meditate on God Shiva and Goddess Parvati to learn the art from the lord. After several strugglespu through by the lord himself, Arjuna, at last blessed with the knowledge of ''Astharas''
The Kadampuzha Devi temple and the near-by Shiva temple are being managed by the Malabar Devaswom Board.