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Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi Temple

This temple is situated at Chettikulangara in Mavelikkara Taluk of Alappuzha district, 8 Km east of NH 47 at Kayamkulam on the Mavelikara- Kayamkulam route. This temple dedicated to 'Bhadrakali' or 'Bhagavathy' or 'Jagadambika' (Goddess of 'Oodanadu'), is believed to date back to over 1200 years. There are contradictions regarding its origin. While some believe that it is one among the five temples established by Lord Parashuram, others believe that this temple was consecrated by Padmapadacharyar, a leading disciple of Adi Shankara. The deity here is supposed to possess miraculous powers. Besides the main deity, many subsidiary gods are there in the temple premises such as Yakshi (bewitchingly beautiful supernatural being who feed on human blood), Muhurthi, Rakshas (a fierce super natural creature who feed on humans), Thevara Moorthy, Kannamballi bhagavathi, Ganapathi, Nagarajav (King of serpents), Naga Yakshi, Balakan, Vallyachan ( Central Travancore parlance for family chieftains, and they are worshipped by his descendants after death) etc. Besides, there is a small temple for Moolasthanam. A Kavu (a patch of small forest which houses the serpent Gods), Karimbana (Black palm tree) and the nearby Chembakam tree in the premises are also places of worship on the belief that they houses Gandharvas and Yakshis, the fairytale supernatural elements who accompany Bhagavathy, their master, during her trips termed as 'Varutthu Pokku’ in local parlance.

Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi Temple is the nerve centre of Chettikulangara, spread over 13 God chosen (Karas) territories and the temple itself is located at the middle of the first four Karas – Erezha South, Erezha North, Kaitha South and Kaitha North. Special Poojas are performed on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The important festival in this temple is the Kumbha Bharani festival conducted during February-March and the important festivities associated with this utsavam is 'Kuthiyottam' and 'Kettu-Kazhcha' which draws large crowds of devotees. The procession of tall decorated on chariots, brightly decorated effigies of horses and bullocks and cultural performances make this a spectacular pageant. The people of the 13 Karas actively participate and sponsor the festivities of the temple. The temple is now under the control of the Travancore Devaswom Board and is the second highest revenue earner, next to Sabarimala within this board. The temple provides 12 room rest houses on rent for devotees at reasonable cost, managed by the Travancore Devaswom Board and Sree Devi Vilasam Hindu Matha Convention. 

Contact Address :
Chettikulangara Devi Temple,
Chettikulangara. P.O, Mavelikkara
Alappuzha District, Kerala, India
Phone: 91- 479- 2348670
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