Chakkulathukavu Devi Temple
Chakkulathukavu Sree Bhagavathy Temple, also known as Chakkulathu Kavu Temple is a Hindu temple, dedicated to goddess Durga. The temple is located in Neerattupuram, Thalavady panchayat, Alappuzha District, Kerala and is one of the most popular temples in the state.
Bhagawathi is one of the most popular deities in the area. Pilgrims from all over South India visit and worship the Devi.The temple was less known even to the local residents and lay as a family temple of a local resident. This remained until it was renovated a few decades before.
Located on the banks of the holy Pampa River, this temple has attracted pilgrims all over Kerala and became one of the most popular pilgrim centre of the state, thanks to the excellent promotional strategy of the temple management.
Chakkulathukavu is 12 km west of Thiruvalla, on the border of Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha Districts. The presiding deity is Goddess Durga or Bhagavathi and is worshipped in the name of Chakkulathamma (Chakkulathu Amma). Thousands of devotees visit the temple of every Fridays and during the annual Chakkulathukavu Pongala Festival in November – December the temple is visited by lakhs of devotees from all over the state.
Chakkulathukavu Devi Temple is believed to be more than 3000 years old. There is an idol of Vana Durga with eight hands, installed near the original idol. Also seen in this shrine are the idols of Lord Shiva, Sastha (Lord Ayyappa), Lord Vishnu, Vinayaka (Lord Ganesh), Muruga, Yakshi, Serpent Gods and the Navagrahas. The Pampa and Manimala rivers, flowing on either side of the temple, are added attractions.
Location : Chakkulathukavu Bhagavathy Temple, Neerattupuram, Alappuzha, Kerala, India.
Gods : Goddess Durga
Landmark : The temple is about 20 km from Chengannur Mahadeva Temple and located near the Neerettupuram Junction on Thiruvalla - Edathuva route. The MC Road passes through the town; state transport buses and private buses ply regularly from Thiruvalla to Chakkulathukavu. Nearest airports: Cochin International Airport, about 90 km away. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 110 km away. Nearest railway station: Thiruvalla, about 11 km.
Chakkulathukavu Pongala, similar to Attukal Pongala, is a major festival celebrated during the Malayalam month of Vrischikam (November - December) every year. Performed mainly by women devotees, this ritual involves offering Pongala (rice pudding) to Chakkulathamma.
Women are highly respected in our Hindu tradition. Chakkulathukavu Bhagavathy Temple has comprehended this concept as such and introduced this fascinating ceremony. As per the ritual, women are seated on specially arranged seats and their feet are respectfully washed.
The first Friday of every Malayalam month gains special importance at the temple. Devotees observe meticulous fasting and penance and visit the shrine on this day. The small idol of the goddess which is usually placed inside the sanctum sanctorum beside the main idol is carried in procession. It is brought to the specially arranged place for prayer.
An important task on the First Friday is the oath that certain devotees take against their habit of intoxication. The concerned devotees touch the divine sword of the goddess and the chief priest tells the oath of refraining from liquors and they repeat the prayers. The prayers are so important that they will give up the use of liquor.
Another significant feature is that the devotees receive a special kind of medicinal water called as “Outshadha Vellam”. Consuming this water heals all type of diseases.
Every year, Pandrandu Noyampu fasting starts from the first day of the Malayalam Dhanu masam till the twelfth. Pilgrims visit the temple with Irumudi (bag with two parts) upon their heads. On the eleventh day is the ‘Kalasabhishekam’. On the twelfth day, children, women and men hold ‘Kavadi’ (semi-circular wooden frames decorated with flowers and feather). This is called “Ammachi Kavadi”.
Kalamezhuthu and Nirapara are other major festivals celebraed at Chakkulathukavu Temple.
Thrikkarthika falls in the Malayalam Vrischika masam and this is an auspicious day of the temple. Special rituals such as Divyabhishekam, Pongala, kindling the Karthika Pillar, Lakhshadeepam and Athazhapooja are performed.
List Of Offerings
- Ganapathy Homam
- Raktha Pushpanjali
- Navagraha Pooja
- Choroonu (Annaprasanam)
- Kudumba Archana
- Lalitha Sahasranam Pooja
- Mrithyunjaya Pooja
- Pithru Pooja
- Bhagavathy Seva
- Kumkuma Pooja
- Chen Guruthi
- Valiya Karim Guruthi
- Erratta Guruthi
- Valiya Pooja
- Chowa Pooja
- Karma Pooja
- Anjana Guruthi
- Shatru Samhara Pooja