Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple
Dedicated to Goddess Shreekurumba (Bhadrakali) is Hindu shrine located in Kerala known as Kodungallur Bhagvathy Temple. This temple also commonly referred to as “Kodungallur Amma” is situated in the Thrissur district. The idol of the main deity of this temple i.e. Goddess Shreekurumba possesses eight hands each one representing a different attribute. Furthermore, this shrine is also said to be the “Moola Swarupa” of Goddess Kali. In addition, this temple is said to possess ancient “Dravidian” rituals rarely observed in temples throughout the state.
a. Best time to visit Kodungallur Bhagvathy Temple
The best time to visit this temple is during the winter season which begins in December and ends in February when the climate is “mild and pleasant” with the temperature ranging from a maximum of 30 degree Celsius and a minimum of 22 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Kodungallur Bhagvathy Temple
Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple Map
1. By train:
The nearest railway station is located in Thrissur. The Thrissur Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be Guruvayur, Thrissur, Ernakulum, and Kochi.
- Via Guruvayur:
There are two routes from Guruvayur to this temple, and they are via NH66 and via Chavakkad-Kanjany Peringottukara Road and NH66.
- Via Thrissur:
There are three routes from Thrissur to this temple, and they are via Kodungallur-Shornur Road, via NH544 and Kodungallur-Shornur Road, and via Kodungallur-Shornur Road and NH66.
- Via Ernakulum:
There are two routes from Ernakulum to this temple, and they are via NH66 and via NH544 and Aluva-Paravoor Road.
- Via Kochi:
There are three routes from Kochi to this temple, and they are via NH66, via NH966B and NH66, and via NH544 and NH66.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this temple is located in Cochin. The Cochin Airport is well connected to cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Calicut, Goa, Mangalore etc.
c. Religious significance of the Kodungallur Bhagvathy Temple
According a myth soon after the state of Kerala was created by Lord Parasurama a demon called Daruka apparently began harassing him. In order to then finish off this demon he (Parasurama) prayed to Lord Shiva to ask him for assistance. In response Lord Shiva agreed to help provided Parasurama build a temple dedicated to Goddess Bhagvathy/Bhadrakali an avatar of “Parashakthi” herself. And so this temple was built in the Thrissur district. Furthermore, apparently it was Goddess Bhadrakali that eventually was said to have killed the demon.