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Sri Bhagavathi Temple is one of the Shakthi Sthalam / Shakthi Peedam of Goddess Sri Parvati located in Kodungallur, Kerala. This is one of the oldest temples built by the King Sengottuvan of Chera Dynasty famous for stunning architectural and murals. This temple occupies 10 acres of massive land surrounded by peepal and banyan woods.
Presiding deity – Bhadrakali/Kodungallore Amma – Goddess Kali in her fierce form carved out of Jackfruit tree, this idol has 6’ft height with eight hands holding malice weapons in each.
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Veerabhadra, Sapthamathas,
Worshipped by – Sri Adi Sankara – Sri Sankara worshipped Goddess Sri Bhadrakali and installed Meru/Sree Chakram to bring her in a composed state.
Theertham – Kali Theertham – This sacred pond is created by Goddess Kali with a thrust of sword on the ground; holy dip in this pond is capable to cure all the illnesses.
Festivals – Bharani Utsavam, Navaratri, Amavasya, Pournami, Makara Sankaranthi, Thalapoli Utsavam
The myth associated with the temple was that the demon Daruka underwent severe penance and worshipped Goddess Sri Parvati. Immediately after receiving the boon, Daruka turned out haughty and started to harass the life of innocents . Eventually, Goddess Bhadrakali beheaded the demon Daruka and brought righteousness in this land.
The legend has that there was a time the Mount Himalaya and its surroundings were under the abstract control of the demons. They harassed the life of deities and sages, they all appealed to Lord Vishnu. As instructed by Lord Vishnu, all the spiritual energies of the deities turned into a flame and as desired by the deities and Sages Goddess Sri Sati was rose from the flame and she was brought up by Daksha Prajapathi. Later, she married was to Lord Shiva against the will of her father.
A Grand Yagna was conducted by Dakshaprajapathi ended in disaster, his own daughter Goddess Sri Sati had to sacrifice her life in the sacrificial fire. This catastrophic incident brought trepidation amongst the deities. Inconsolable Lord Shiva carried the lifeless body of Goddess Sri Sati and wandered on the Earth for several years. The functions of Trinities to protect the Universe were shattered. All the deities were frightened about the terrible consequences and appealed to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu’ dice chopped off the lifeless body of Goddess Sri Sati into several parts to diffuse the grief of Lord Shiva and each part fell into the different parts of the Earth. The places where the body parts of Goddess Sri Sati fallen on the Earth were turned into ‘Shakthi Sthal/Shakthi Peedam’.
This temple remains open from 4.00AM to 12.30 PM in the morning and 4.00 PM to 8.00PM in the evenings.
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Jai Sriman Narayana !!