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Kerala tourism Guide

Attukal Bhagavathy Temple

Attukal Bhagavathy Temple

Attukal temple is situated about two kilometers south east of Thiruvananthapuram city centre and 5 Kms from the airport. This temple is just 1.5 kms from the famous Padmanabha swami temple and people who visit this temple make sure that they worship the attukal Devi also.

About Attukal Bhagavathy Temple

Attukal Bhagavathy Temple is one of the oldest temples in South India also known as the Sabarimala of the Women. It is the abode of the goddess who cares for her devotees like a mother and grants them every wish. The biggest event here is the pongala festival which attracts millions of women regardless of religious faith from all over the world who offers pongala in earthen pots. As per the Gunnies book of world records this is the largest annual gathering of women and as per the latest statistics 2015 saw an unbelievable gathering of more than 5 million women devotees who offered pongala in a radius of 10 kilometers from the temple. Some of the other events during this festival are the Kuthiyottam ritual done by boys below 13 years who observe a 7 days fasting by staying inside the temple. It is believed that these boys represent the wounded soldiers of Goddess Mahishasura mardini. Then there is a thalappoli performed by girls in traditional dress and the grant procession of the Goddess.

History or Myth

History of Attukal Devi temple state that goddess Parvathi in the divinized form of kanaki after destroying the ancient city of Madurai and on the way to Kodugallur took a rest at attukal. Here she met a fervent devotee from a noble family who took her home from where she just vanished. During the night Goddess came to his dreams and asked him to build an abode for her on a sacred ground marked by three lines. This noble devotee lost no time and built a temple in the consecrated spot which was later renovated and consecration ceremony conducted by the high priest of the Badarinath Temple.

Tips or precaution

  • Enter the temple only after you have bath and your body is clean.
  • If you are new to the city ensure that you use only prepaid autos.

How to reach

  • flight
    BY AIR
    Attukal Temple is only 7 Kilometres away from the Trivandrum International airport.
  • train
    You can reach by train from any part of India. Nearest railwaystation is Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station(2.5 Kilometers).
  • bus
    Bus service is available from all the places in Kerala and luxury buses are available from most of the South Indian cities.

Highlights or specialities

  • Attukal pongala
  • Kuthiottam by boys
  • Thalapoli by girls
  • Grant procession to sastha temple
  • Kappukettu story of good over evil
  • Pandara aduppu during pongala
  • Kuruthi Tharpanam the concluding pooja


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