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Kerala tourism Guide

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is situated in the ancient port town Crangannore now called Kodungalloor. It is based 29 kilometers northwest of Kochi and southwest of Thrissur. The nearest Airport is the Nedumbassery International Airport in Cochin 60 kms away and the nearest railway station is Irinjalakuda 20 kms away from the temple.

About Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is the first temple in Kerala where people can worship irrespective of the caste and religion. The most awesome feature of this temple is the secret underground chamber which is considered as the centre of power of this temple. This granite chamber has no doors or windows and can be entered only through a door inside the sanctum. This chamber is still unexplored and it is believed that looking inside the chamber will bring traumatic effects to a person. Every year two important festivals are celebrated here in Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple the Bharani festival and the Thalapoli festival. Bharani Festival is celebrated to honor the victory of goddess Badrakali over the demon Daruka and the thalapoli festival which last 4 days where large number of women devotees participates in traditional attire. Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is in the middle of a 10 acre scenic land with lots secret chambers and paths which makes the place more sacred and mysterious.

History or Myth

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is one of the renowned ancient goddess temple located in Kodungallur town in Thrissur district of Kerala. According to ancient chronicles this temple was created many years ago to serve a special purpose. History says that Sage Parasurama after the creation of Kerala was harassed by an evil demon called Daruka so he prayed to Lord Shiva and on his advice he constructed a shrine and installed shakthi Devi or Parashakthi as the deity. Legend says that Bhadrakali another face of Sakthi Devi killed the evil demon.

Tips or precaution

  • Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is the only temple which allows devotees from all castes and religions.
  • If you are a first time visitor then take directions from a police aid post or tourism centre to reach the temple.

How to reach

  • flight
    BY AIR
    Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is only 30 Kilometres away from the Cochin International airport(Nedumbasserry).
  • train
    You can reach by train from any part of India. Nearest railwaystation is Irinjalakkuda Railway Station(23 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

  • Kodungallur Bharani Festival
  • 'Kozhikkallu Moodal sacrificing rituals
  • Turmeric offerings by devotees
  • Thalapoli festival
  • Dip in the holy pond Pushkarini before entering the temple.


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